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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

For the past 8 years, Tuesdays and Thursdays have been extra special due to the dedication and friendly spirit of our own Carol Kincel. As with many of our helpers, being at Book Again was a perfect retirement job for Carol – but now she has decided it is finally time to retire from this retirement activity.

I will miss Carol very much (as I am sure so many of you will, also). Carol was a wealth of information and was so efficient when it came to getting new books out onto the shelves. Thank you, Carol, for all you have done for us. We wish you a fun and relaxing retirement!

But with that bad news comes some good news. I'm happy to introduce Cathy, our newest Book Again helper! Cathy has just retired from her career as a librarian, so hopefully she will find working at Book Again to be a perfect fit. Cathy will be at the store on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I am certain that you will all welcome her with open arms.

Welcome to Book Again, Cathy!

And with that, I should mention that we are still looking for someone to work with Rosie on Fridays. If that sounds like it might interest you please talk to me soon.


From the Editor:
  • All Paperback Fiction (in good condition)
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
Christmas Books
By Sheryl

As it is, I am sure, with many of you, I find that my reading habits are greatly influenced by my current mood.

And with this time of year upon us once again, I tend to gravitate toward the more heartwarming and joyous of titles – leaving the heart-wrenching thrillers aside for another day.

And better than my simply listing a few titles here (as examples of "good holiday reading"), we have roamed the store and gathered a special selection of Christmas books which you can find displayed on the table in the front of Book Again.

These Christmas books will only be here for a limited time, so be sure to check them out during your next visit. They make the perfect stocking stuffers!

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Chocolate Sheet Cake

  • 1 1/4 C margarine or butter
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 C water
  • 2 C unsifted flour
  • 1 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-14 oz can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 1 C chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350°; in saucepan, melt 1 C butter; stir-in 1/4 C cocoa then water. Bring to boil and remove from heat. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add cocoa mixture; beat well. Stir-in 1/3 C Eagle Brand, eggs & vanilla. Pour into greased 15" X 10" jellyroll pan. Bake 15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. In small saucepan, melt remaining 1/4 C butter. Stir-in remaining 1/4 C cocoa and Eagle Brand. Stir-in powdered sugar and nuts. Spread on warm cake.

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O' Christmas Tree

As we all know, and indeed as I am almost certain to have reported in some such column at some point in time in the last twenty years, it was Martin Luther who first brought an evergreen into the house, and, decorating it, invented the Christmas Tree. This is an oft told and beloved tale, particularly beloved, one assumes, among Lutherans and Germans. Having both in my background, I would naturally hesitate to cast any aspersions on the story.

However, truth and folkore must out, so I must now confess that the custom of decorating trees for the holidays dates back at least to an English monk now known as Saint Boniface, who around the year 722 introduced the fir as a symbol of Christianity to the then-pagan Germans. It is a matter of public record that at least by the dawn of the 1300's the Germans had a well established tradition of bringing a large evergreen into the village square and decorating it for the season. (In the spirit of charity, one may suppose that Luther inaugurated the concept of bringing a smaller version of the thing indoors, however.)

Anyway, as we also all know, this now-German concept remained unknown to England (and, by extension, America) until the mid 1800's, when Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, introduced the Christmas Tree to the royal palace.


By the time of the American Revolution there were, of course, numerous German settlements in the New World — my own ancestors date from this period. It would in any case be odd if the tradition of the Christmas Tree had not followed these settlers to America, especially as the fir tree was so plentiful in this new land. It is at the very least a matter of public record that, at the time of the Revolution, German soldiers brought over by the English officially introduced the tradition in New Jersey.

Now, in less-than-German areas the concept was not so quick to catch on. As late as 1851, a minister in Cleveland attempted to further the charming custom by erecting a Christmas Tree inside his church. The outraged parishioners proceeded to throw both tree and minister out into the snow.

So, a lot of possible "origins" for this wonderful little Yuletide custom, and I've barely scratched the surface. For myself, however, I prefer the following legend, discovered in an old monastery in Sicily:

"And it came to pass that, when the Christ Child was born in a manger, a long procession of humble folk came to give honor to the newborn babe. And this procession was not limited to humankind, for even the animals, yes and the very trees of the forest joined the march toward Bethlehem.

"And among these trees were those who held themselves as perhaps greater than their brethren - the olive tree, the palm tree, the apple and other fruit bearing trees - for they bore in their very branches wonderful gifts to bring the Child. And at the back of this procession, very humble and not so great at all, there stood a little fir tree. All it had in its branches were thorny needles - hardly appropriate offerings. The poor fir longed to see the infant, but was pushed to the back by its self-acknowledged superiors, who did not want to embarrass the assemblage with the sight of their inferior needled cousin. And so the little fir tree remained at the back, humblest perhaps of all the humble creatures now gathered.

"And it happened that an angel was hovering nearby, and took pity on the poor fir tree, and persuaded a few stars to leave their berths in the heavens and for a time come and sit amongst the fir's boughs. The Christ Child looked up, and saw this now magnificently star-adorned tree, and smiled His first smile..."


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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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