New and Used Books

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!

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

We had a very good turnout for our April Book Sale. Thank you for your continued patronage. Our next big sale comes in July. In the meantime you can take advantage of our many daily specials as our shelves replenish with fresh titles. As most of you know, on top of our everyday low prices (which are generally half-off the cover price) we have our Daily Special, our Bargain Books Section and our Free Paperback offers.

The Daily Special is a sort of ongoing half-off sale in its own right. Each day, 3 or 4 letters are chosen at random (displayed on the board behind the counter). Any book whose author's last name begins with one of those letters is on sale that day for half-off!

An even better value is located right outside our door. These books displayed outside are our Bargain Books -- generally books that have a little more wear to them than we'd like featured inside the store. But at 15 books for $3, you sure can't beat the savings!

And don't forget that at Book Again, you get a free paperback with every $10 purchase. Your receipt is stamped for every $10 spent, and each stamp is good for a "mass market" sized paperback marked at $3.95 or less. If the book you desire costs a bit more, you may use multiple stamps.

These are great ways to save, and great ways to stretch your dollar even further. You sure don't want to miss out as our shelves quickly replenish with a great new selection of fresh titles to browse through! And, as always, if you are having trouble finding that certain author or title or subject matter, don't hesitate to ask for help! Our Book Ladies are here to help you find that perfect title (and, perhaps, to help you find something new which you may enjoy).

Speaking of which, I am very pleased to introduce Nenette, the newest addition to our Book Ladies. I am sure you will love her friendly spirit and infectious smile just as I do, and we look forward to having her with us for a long time to come. So please come on in and say hello, as we all welcome Nenette into our special Book Again family!


From the Editor:

    Paperbacks in very good condition

  • Recent Fiction
    (within 9 months of publication)
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
  • General Fiction
  • Romance
Funny Crimes
By Diana

Once again I have gone off into a different reading direction. My problem is finding a genre to stick with. I just finished reading Tim Dorsey's Torpedo Juice and laughed thoughout. A very entertaining novel about a serial killer named Serge and his sidekick travelling from Tampa to Miami, struggling to outrun the police and outwit a variety of other bad guys along the way. During this time Serge meets his "lady love" and bride to be. Unbeknownst to him however, she has a surprise waiting! And from there on, the plot continues to go downhill in a comedic calamity.

Dorsey is not the only mystery writer of wit and humor that provides a clever story line with lots of twists, turns and eccentric characters. Carl Hiassan, Laura Levine, Nancy Bartholomew, Anne George and Barbara Taylor McCafferty are also writers of fine mysteries in this field. Look for them next time you visit Book Again!

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Tomato Lasagna Roll-Ups
  • 8 pieces (about 8 oz) curly-edge Lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 C finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) Ready-Cut Italian Style Tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 container (15 oz) Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
  • 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 2 T grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Lay flat on foil to cool.
Heat oven to 350°.

In skillet, heat oil. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently until tender. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 5 minutes; set aside.

In bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, spinach, 1/2 C mozzarella cheese, egg, parmesan cheese, S&P.

In bottom of 12x8 baking dish, spread 3/4 C tomato mixture. Spread about 1/3 C cheese filling on each noodle to within 1 inch of ends, roll up; Place roll ups, seam side down, in prepared dish. Top with remaining tomatoes. Cover and bake 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 C mozzarella cheese; continue baking until cheese melts.

4 servings. Serve with a mixed green salad.

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Look, look.
See Joe.
See Joe’s email.
See an email from his Mom asking where the new folklore column is.
See Joe tear his hair out.
Tear, Joe, tear.

Or to put it another way, it was probably about a year and a half ago when a certain doting grandmother (who moonlights as owner of a used bookstore we all know and love) bought a complete set of "Dick and Jane" books for my daughter Clara.

At the time we decided to put them away on a shelf, as Clara, being just three, was not quite ready to be plowing through them yet, and we didn't want the pages to be ripped to pieces prematurely.

So away they went. Fast forward to a week or so ago. I am reading to Clara, as I always do, and she will have it no other way. As a matter of fact, for as long as I can recall she has refused to go to bed until she has had at least one book read to her.

On this occasion, I notice that she is not letting me turn the pages quite as rapidly as usual, studying each for a minute or so before allowing me to continue. Finally I ask her what she is doing, and she explains, "I wanted to make sure you were reading the real words."

I subsequently tested her on random words, and became fairly convinced that she was, to some extent, actually reading, and was in addition managing to keep that little feat a secret. We knew she had been following along for some time, and she would on occasion go so far as to recite some of the words, but we had attributed most of it to memory. Now, we were not so sure.

It fell to my brilliant wife to conduct the ultimate test.

For, you see, Clara had still never been properly introduced to Dick and Jane.

A random book was selected, a random page was turned to, and little Clara promptly began to read to her mother.

And, a couple of days later, to a very proud doting grandmother.

And suddenly things have changed around here. Clara has the freedom to watch TV (within reason) and to play interactive games (within reason) on her mother's iPad. As a matter of fact, she can even read interactive "ebooks" on the iPad, which is what we had pretty much assumed she would gravitate to when she began reading in earnest. And of course, she has her toys.

And yet, as often as not, things will suddenly become very quiet of an afternoon, till we go running to see what the matter is--

And there she'll be, either standing in front of her bookshelf, looking for the perfect book to read, or sprawled upon her bed, indulging in that most magical of new (for her) discoveries: the world of Reading.

And if this little tale, all of it true, represents in microcosm a possible future for us all, then perhaps the world is in better shape than we dared to hope, and perhaps the demise of the book is not as near as we once feared.

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"You may have tangible wealth untold – caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I, you can never be – I had a mother who read to me."
—Strickland Gillilan

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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