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Book Again is located in Torrance, California, at 5039 Torrance Blvd.,
just west of Anza (between Shakey's Pizza and McDonald's restaurant)
Book Again is open 11am to 4pm (CLOSED MONDAYS) (310) 542-1156

Happy 2012 to All!

Thank you to those who have switched from our postcard mailing list to our E-Mail list. Our postage bill has decreased due to this, which is a big help to us. For those of you still on our postcard list (and who have access to E-Mail) you can really help us out by making the switch and receiving our sale announcements via E-Mail instead of from the postman.

As you can see from the announcement above, we are again starting off the new year with our popular Half-Off Sale. We look forward to seeing you all there. Our January sale is usually a very good one due to the high number of books we typically receive in the weeks after Christmas, so our shelves should be overflowing with lots of new titles. Be sure not to miss it! And don't forget to bring-in your books! [sale has ended]


From the Editor:

    Paperbacks in very good condition

  • General Fiction
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
  • Classics
  • Romances


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Linda's Asian Chicken Salad
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 small head of lettuce
  • 3-4 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 C sesame seeds
  • 1 T poppy seeds
  • 1 small package of sliced almonds
  • 1 medium can of Chinese noodles


  • 1/2 C oil
  • 4 T vinegar
  • 4 T sugar
  • S&P to taste

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And here we are again, at the dawn of another year. Amazingly, I am still here, and you are still here, and if I am able to talk to you in this manner it can only mean that this column, and therefore Book Again itself, are both still here as well!

And now that the Holidays begin to return to their hallowed boxes, we find a different sort of excitement in the air, and it suddenly becomes well nigh impossible to keep books with such titles as "The Help" or "Dragon Tattoo" in stock.

We have rung in the New and rung out the Old, and it is now time for Oscar Fever. And that suggests a topic we have astonishingly never covered: namely, the role the South Bay has played in the Movies.

Now, this column being what it is, we dare not pretend to offer anything remotely authoritative -- suffice it to say that the relationship between the South Bay and Hollywood is long and prodigious.

As a matter of fact, Hollywood and the South Bay have been entwined from the very start. The film historians among you will recall that it was Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 film "The Squaw Man" that started it all. Not only was it the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood, but it greatly inspired the swarm of eager Easterners who soon followed, creating the giant Studios that would so transform this city and, soon, the world.

And, apparently, that film was partly filmed in San Pedro!

Now, San Pedro, being the closest wharf-like area to Hollywood, might be expected to host its fair share of location shoots. However, the rest of the South Bay has had more than its share of history as well...

In the century since "Squaw Man" there has been a great amount of location shooting throughout the Los Angeles area. One of the unexpected benefits of this is that many of those films now give us our best glimpses at things that are no longer there.

One of my favorite South Bay examples of this would have to be 1954's 3D "Creature from the Black Lagoon", which actually shows the long-gone Hermosa Beach Aquarium that once held court on the Strand, right at Pier Avenue. This film is also noteworthy for allowing Palos Verdes' Portuguese Bend to stand in for Brazil's probably fictional "Morajo Bay."

Palos Verdes was also most famously host to 1963's "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World", while, just north, Redondo Beach has much more recently achieved fame as a principal location for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End".

Returning to Hermosa, residents with reasonably long memories and a tolerance for "B" Movies will recall the use of Pier Avenue Jr. High for parts of Stephen King's "Carrie", as well as Mira Costa High's inclusion in the Ramones' "Rock 'n' Roll High School".

Torrance seems to have been a favorite for films of a more explosive nature, as it served as one of the locations for the 1997 movie "Volcano", as well as the classic James Cagney film "White Heat" -- including his famous "Top of the World" finish.

I must return to San Pedro, though, a host to innumerable classics from 1933's "King Kong" to 1993's "Titanic", even standing in for New York City in the World War II film "Stage Door Canteen". One might also mention 1937's "Nothing Sacred", and 1980's "Raging Bull", as well as Jack Nicholson's "A Few Good Men" and "Chinatown". One might mention quite a few others in fact, but --

The Year may be brand new, but already the stern visage of Father Time appears, reminding me that my time with you is done.

Until March, anyway... See you then!

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We are located in Torrance, California, at 5039 Torrance Blvd.,
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Book Again is open 11am to 4pm (CLOSED MONDAYS) (310) 542-1156

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