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We BUY, SELL & TRADE your paperback and hardcover books!
Book Again features a large selection of current best-sellers
as well as many hard-to-find & out-of-print titles!


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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
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Happy Anniversary, Book Again!

March marks Book Again's 26th Anniversary! Thank you so much for your continued support and gracious acceptance of the modifications made to our Trade/Credit system. Sales look promising as the country's economy inches slowly towards recovery, and we hope to celebrate many more anniversaries with you all in the coming years.

Help us celebrate this one by attending our big Half-Off Sale in April! It's a great opportunity to stock up the bookshelves for Spring Break and to bring in your older books for credit. We've had a lot of new books come in over the past few weeks, so this is the perfect opportunity to drop by and see what's new. See our ad above for more details.

Has anyone seen Carol?

Some of you have noticed Carol's absence. Just to reassure you, she has not left us -- she is simply taking a 2-month vacation. She is doing well and we look forward to her return as much as you do.

Sheryl

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Carrot Cake
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 C oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 C grated carrots
  • 8 1/2 oz can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts

Sift together flour, baking powder/soda, salt & cinnamon.

Add sugar, oil, eggs and mix well.

Add carrots, pineapple & nuts.

Pour into 9x13 greased & floured pan.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until cake tests done.

Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Frosting

Cream together 8 oz cream cheese, 2 C butter.

Add 1 tsp vanilla.

Beat in 1 lb box powdered sugar (sifted).

If too thick, add milk until mixture is of spreading consistency.

ENJOY!

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THE EGGS AND I

Well, the last time we tackled Easter we did the Bunny, so it is clearly time to return and, finally, 25 years after our very first Easter column, to contemplate the ancient mysteries of the Easter Egg.

Yes, 25 years! It was for our April 1987 issue that I first delved into the folklore surrounding Spring, concluding with the revelation that the ancient Britons called their goddess of Spring "Eostre".

That was enough for me for the next twenty-odd years, but by 2009 it occurred to me that some of you might have been waiting for me to finish the tale. Therefore, a Rabbit Tale was quickly produced, and, though one hates to rush these things and I really should wait till, say, 2031 to give you the third and final installment, I am feeling a little giddy with early Spring Fever, so let's have at it!

I've saved the oldest for last -- the ancient Celtic Spring rituals were in high gear at least 2200 years ago, and probably a bit longer, and although the Easter Hare was the earthly manifestation of the Celts' Spring goddess, its springtime roots go back much further, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians, who may have been the first to bind that rascally rabbit to the vernal festivities.

However, the egg is an even older springtime symbol, and is specifically a symbol of rebirth. Indeed, the most ancient civilizations had a tradition that the earth and all initial life was actually hatched out of a giant egg -- it is a tradition one finds in such remote locales as Persia, India and China. In ancient Persia, perhaps 3000 years ago, the populace were already painting eggs to celebrate the coming of Spring, which was also the beginning of their New Year. So incredibly old are the sacred origins of the little rituals we practice to this day!

It is of course the Europeans who would take the ancient rituals and merrily bind them so thoroughly to the New Faith, and it is from Europe that we get the stories of how Mary Magdalene once tried to convert the Roman Emperor. The Emperor in question, after listening and (don't ask me why) contemplating an egg, retorted that there was as much chance of someone rising from the dead as there was of that egg turning red.

Whereupon, naturally, the egg turned a bright ruby red.

Other European Easter traditions are quite reminiscent of other holidays, such as the custom of "pace egging", which consists of groups of children wandering from house to house begging for eggs -- in essence, trick-or-treating in Spring.

And in England, we can actually trace the custom of Easter Cards and even Easter Trees at least as far back as their far better known Christmas cousins!

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when there's a repair job to be done around the house."
—Joe Ryan
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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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