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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 have some big news to share with you. I am so excited to announce that Book Again will be slashing its prices! From now until the end of May, all books will be half-off our already-low prices. Yep -- it's just like our special Half-Off Sales, but happening every single day!

Our trade policy will remain the same and will not apply to the discounted prices -- but if you divide your purchase (take some off your credit and pay for the others), you will benefit by saving and making use of your credit.

This is all just a test for now, so come on in during this trial period (now until the end of May) and take advantage of these super low prices while they last. And bring in your books! Most importantly, bring a friend! This experiment will only work if it has strong support and a good turnover of books. So let's make this experiment become permanent.

Thank to those who responded to our request for Westerns. We've received some wonderful books, but they didn't stay on the shelves very long. The demand is still outweighing the supply, so we still want your Westerns!

Mother's Day is right around the corner (May 12), so why not include a visit to Book Again as part of the celebration? Book Again will be open that day, giving you the perfect opportunity to bring Mom down to the store to pick out a few books. (Ever notice how much easier parking is on Sundays?) Or if a visit that day is just not possible, why not stop by the store before then to pick her up a Book Again Gift Certificate? Either way, Book Again will be open on Mother's Day, and we'll be keeping our normal hours of 11am to 4pm.

See you soon!


From the Editor:

    Paperbacks in very good condition

  • Westerns! Westerns! Westerns!
  • General Fiction (within 9 months of publication)
  • Mystery (within 9 months of publication)
A New Find
By Sheryl

I recently happened across a wonderful book called The Jubilee Trail. This engrossing story follows an upper-class young lady just out of finishing school in the mid-1800s.

Bored with the mundane predictability of her East Coast society life, she is quickly swept off her feet by a frontier trader (from the faraway unknown territory known as California) who fills her head with tales of rugged adventure and travel to faraway places.

She soon finds herself on such an adventure, and author Gwen Bristow does a fantastic job bringing to life the many fascinating events and memorable characters they meet during their trip along the Jubilee Trail (the trail between Santa Fe and California).

This book is among my all-time favorites, and I have been watching for other Gwen Bristow titles to come into the store (so far with no luck). If you have any, bring them in!

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Linda's Spanish Rice

  • 1 C rice
  • 1/4 C salsa
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • small can whole kernel corn (optional)
  • olives (optional)
  • 1 green peppers (optional)

Put a capful of oil in hot fry pan. Add rice (salt and garlic powder to taste).

Stir-fry rice until lightly browned.

Lower heat and add salsa. Pour into rice with 3 C water

Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.


Add small can whole kernel corn; olives, green pepper.

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I AM SENT WITH BROOM BEFORE... sweep the dust behind the door...

Or, to translate Shakespeare's Puck a bit, to calm more modern ears, a Blessing upon all you who read these words!

For now comes to us happy Midsummer, celebrated by Shakespeare's British fellows since at least the 1200's, and evolved a century before him from a holy time of prayer into that delightful Bacchanalian festival we now recall.

The British celebrated Midsummer Eve specifically on the night of June 23rd, and it was a time of bonfires (as indeed the very word hails from such festivities, and is derived from the old "Bonne-Fyre", or "Bone Fire"), as well as all the ever-so-jolly singing and dancing one might expect.

One might also expect a visit from the Fair Folk, as Midsummer falls at the end of the Summer Solstice, one of the few nights in the year when a lucky soul might chance to see a Fairy or two, in the magic space between Light and Dark...

And William Shakespeare of course gave us Fairies in abundance in his immortal "Midsummer Night's Dream", written in the 1590's. The tale is familiar, of course: Boy meets Girl, Fairies show up, Girl falls in love with Donkey, etc. -- it is a delightful blend of magic and comedy, and easily captures the mood of this frivolous yet so important festive time.

Ironically, the play was written just as movements to ban such celebrations were beginning to take root.

Indeed, the Puritan tide would soon swell to such dismaying proportions that most if not all of the regular English theaters would be closed less than fifty years after Shakespeare wrote "A Midsummer Night's Dream". It would in fact be another two centuries until this particular play would be again performed in its entirety upon the English Stage, though a great many adaptations would be attempted during this time.

As it happens, legendary composer Felix Mendelssohn composed his "Midsummer Night's Dream Overture" in 1826, at the age of 17, at a time when the play had not been performed in England for over 180 years. It was his own contribution to the various adaptations and homages that had grown up all around this poor, forgotten play, like so many overgrown English hedges.

Whether or not this wonderful piece helped spur things along, it is nevertheless a fact that, a scant 14 years later, in 1840, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" reappeared on the English Stage for the first time in 200 years!

Not so coincidentally, this initial production featured Mendelssohn's wonderful Overture.

It was all such a success that the Overture became intrinsically associated with the play for all its subsequent 19th Century presentations, and indeed Mendelssohn was quickly moved to add some incidental music to the Overture in 1842 -- just two years after the play's rebirth.

So it is that if your are lucky to see the 1935 film of this enchanted play, or really any other version that comes complete with the famous Overture, you may now rest assured that the producers were simply following an already quite well established tradition...

And if by chance this column has offended, think but this, and all is mended--

That you have but slumbered here,

While these visions did appear

And briefly did I have your ear...

Happy Summer!!

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"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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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