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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

Summertime is always a welcome time for Book Again. We see many more teachers and students along with our regulars who seem to find more time to read during the summer months.

We continue to enjoy our visitors from all over the world who let us know that when they are in the area they always make a stop at Book Again. Thanks to each of you who also bring your visitors in to see us.

I also want to thank all of you that have welcomed Nenette to our fold. She loves her job at the bookstore and that must mean that she has been received well by you. I've told her that if she is unsure of anything to ask you because most of our customers know our procedures and sales as well as I do.

Happy Summer to us all!


From the Editor:

    Paperbacks in very good condition

  • Recent Fiction
    (within 9 months of publication)
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
  • General Fiction
  • Romance
A Couple of Favorites
By Sheryl

I have my favorite authors and wait impatiently for each new book from them. I know I am not alone. Whose books do you wait for? Two of my very favorite authors just came out with new books recently and I have been in a true book lover's heaven.

The first author, Ann B. Ross, writes the Miss Julia series; the latest of which -- Miss Julia to the Rescue -- is one of her best. This one follows Miss Julia as she faces joining the 'empty nesters' and becomes involved in a remodeling nightmare. She receives a phone call and rushes off to the rescue along with her friend Etta Mae to a small town in West Virginia. Filled with many of Miss Julia's opinions on New Age and proper etiquette, this was a delightful read.

I had no sooner finished that wonderful book when someone brought in the second of my favorites -- this one written by Alexander McCall Smith. This was the latest in his 'The Ladies Number One Detective Agency' series, titled The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection. This is another book filled with incredibly colorful characters and very clever and surprising situations. Set in Botswana, South Africa, Precious Ramotswe continues to detect and solve a variety of her client's personal dilemmas. At long last she meets her mentor and with his assistance (and her usual Botswana wisdom) she once again provides a satisfactory ending for her clients and her readers. I think you'll enjoy these just as I have.

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Sumi Salad
  • 1 head cabbage shredded
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 8 green onions chopped (tops included)
  • 8 T sesame seed
  • 8 T slivered almonds
  • 2 pkgs Top Ramon (crushed)


  • 1/2 C - 1 C oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp Accent
  • 4 T sugar
  • 6 T Rice Vinegar


Brown sesame seeds and almonds (little oil) - let cool
Add cabbage and onions, crunch Top Ramon and add.
(Prepare dressing before and add just before serving).

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Well, really the "Hoosier Poet," and those of you who know of whom I speak can just turn the page right now -- you already know the story.

Me, I was born out here in the Wild West, and I never did make his acquaintance until many years after my proper schoolin' had effectively ceased. Those mid-westerners amongst you are no doubt scandalized at this point and I don't blame you -- for my money there still ain't a finer--

Oh, but before we continue I must update you on events related to our last column, wherein we discovered that little Clara had begun reading on her own without bothering to inform anyone. As you may well imagine, we rather quickly communicated news of Clara's reading proficiency to her Pre-School instructor.

We ratted her out.

The upshot of that was that a week later an enormously proud little girl got to sit in the Teacher's Chair and read a book to her classmates. We have begun looking for an appropriate University for the child.

She has a voracious appetite for books now. The other night I was thumbing through a collection of some of the early "Little Orphan Annie" newspaper strips from the twenties, and Clara marched in and asked what I was reading -- when I told her she said "Is that the same as the "Annie" in the movie?" I assured her it was, and the upshot was that we ended up reading a good two months' worth of the comic strip that night.

But I digress.

Now, the Hoosier Poet grew up, naturally, in Indiana in the mid-1800's. He was blessed/cursed with an excess of talent, and tried his hand both at music and graphics before deciding on the writing of verses. He wrote mostly in a mighty good approximation of several mid-western dialects, winning fans as diverse as Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling. Indeed, I entertain not the slightest doubt that his influence has touched us all.

His most famous poem was published in 1885 and called "The Elf Child." What's that -- you've never heard of it? Oh, but you have, dear reader, you surely have...

This mightiest of Hoosiers, one of the greatest children's poets America has ever produced, was named James Whitcomb Riley. He was huge in his time -- a century ago there were few not acquainted with the name.

And still you profess to be unacquainted with the fellow? Very well, three years later he wrote what is almost certainly his second most famous poem, "The Raggedy Man." At the very least this poem must have influenced a certain eight-year-old named Johnny Gruelle. When Gruelle grew up he created a series of stories about a certain rag doll named (naturally) Raggedy Ann -- named after Riley's two most famous poems.

Because, when he had his first "hit" poem republished in 1897, he was able to change the title from "The Elf Child" to something more to his liking...

"Little Orphant Annie."

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—Walt Disney

We are 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

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