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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

Summer must be shrinking. I swear it gets shorter every year. And this summer was no exception. Just as we were getting used to having a wonderfully busy period, the season seemed to be coming to an end.

In recent weeks we saw so many fresh, new faces at Book Again and had a great turnover on our shelves. I'm just praying that with the help of our valued long-time customers we can keep this momentum going into the fall. It makes me so happy to see that there are still so many out there who still treasure a good book.

Speaking of the fall, don't forget we have our big Half-Off Sale coming up in October. And remember, apart from our sales, we do have many fabulous "every day discounts" at Book Again, such as our Half-Off Daily Specials, Bonus Book Specials, and, of course, our outdoor bargain book section.

We're open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Come in soon and bring your friends! See you soon!


From the Editor:
  • All Paperback Fiction (in good condition)
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
  • Children's Chapter Books (Beginner Readers & Classics)
Reading Helps Me With Moving
By Diana

Preparing to move is stressful. When I need a break (which seems all too often) I grab a book. Currently I am in the final chapters of Carl Hiaasen's latest screwball mystery Bad Monkey. Our hero has been let go from the Miami Police Dept. and is now working "roach patrol" as a health inspector. If he can solve the crime involving the frozen arm in his freezer, he just might be reinstated. Greed, ex-lovers, real estate speculators and fugitives are just a short list of the obstacles in Andrew Yancey's path. This is a highly entertaining and engaging book offering the reader lots of laughter as well as giving you the perfect excuse to put off any imminent chores.

Another author getting in the way of my packing is Kasey Michaels – a lighthearted romance writer who brings humor to her storylines with just the right amount of "sexy" to satiate your fantasies. Her witty characters are well written, believable, and likable. She also writes period pieces for those of you who like to escape from the faster-paced modern world of romance.

Lee Child and Jack Reacher have prevented me from cleaning out the spare room, and I suspect Nevada Barr's enticing and educational national park mysteries will postpone work on the kitchen.

Finally, I have to mention just how much I love the Ella Clah mysteries. In the debut novel, Blackening Song, former FBI agent Ella Clah returns to her Navajo reservation to investigate the murder of her father. Struggling to find cooperation from the police, the FBI and even the local tribe, Ella finds herself reckoning with the traditionalist and modernist forces among the Navajo people in order to solve the mystery of this seemingly ritualistic killing. Authored by the husband and wife team of Aimee and David Thurlo, this wonderful series (16 books to date) offer fascinating insights into the tribal customs, beliefs and struggles of native Americans as well as some solid, well-constructed mysteries and well-defined characters. Highly recommended.

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Zucchini Torte

  • 2 C Bisquick
  • 1 1/2 C shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 C chopped nuts

Heat oven to 350°

Grease bottom only of loaf pan 9x5x3.

Beat all ingredients on low speed, scraping bowl constantly for 30 seconds.

Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally for 1 minute.

Pour into pan

Bake until toothpick comes out clean (50-55 min.)

Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan.

Cool completely before slicing

Store in refrigerator.

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Welcome back, dear reader!

Say, do you feel a bit of chill in the air? Do you hear crunching sounds as you walk, as hitherto unnoticed dry leaves begin to make themselves audible?

Ah, it is well - we have again returned to the waning of the year, and to my favorite time of all: that glorious parade of year-end holidays that comes with the leaves of Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, wondrous, festive times that bring the promise of new fun, as well as the poignant, bittersweet memories of holidays past.

Yes, bittersweet. I must confess that the number of my own years has now attained a volume so sufficiently vast as to bear down heavily upon my own once-youthful shoulders, as I look around and see how terribly different it all is now, how impossibly distant from my own youth.

For I remember...

My earliest Halloween memories are of course walking down sidewalks just darkening into purple dusk-clothed roads of wonder, beckoning me on through a neighborhood suddenly transformed into a world I had never seen, nearly every home lit and welcome, nearly every porch laden with treats, as, happily costumed and barely restrained by my parents, I run from door to door, reveling in this orange and black wonderland, magically sprung from the most ordinary of places.

And I will always remember.

I will own to becoming a little more calculating as the years progress. All too soon Halloween is not quite as magically unique as before, and all too soon we older kids have become much more obsessed with the amount of "loot" collected, and less concerned with the timeless joy to be found in the season itself.

And then of course one finds oneself in one's teens, when Halloween is simply another excuse to gather with other teens, and even if there is the slightest longing for something more, one suppresses any trace of said longing, that one may appear sufficiently "cool". Oh, how foolish we are, when first we believe we know everything!

And then, magically, at some point in early adulthood, I do remember, and at long last allow myself to revel in the happy thoughts of this lovely season! Now there are proper Halloween parties, some of which I will host, with dead leaves and black cats and ghost stories, pumpkin carving, horrific punchbowls and silent cadaverous guests, as I most furiously and happily attempt to make up for my years of neglect - to balance the books, as it were.

And it is a good thing that there are parties, for trick-or-treating has all but disappeared by the late 1980's. Indeed, even as I began to write about this Haunted Holiday for my very first column, you would be hard pressed to find a local street with more than a handful of costumed kids on the actual night of Halloween.

But we must reconcile to the current order, remember the past now departed with bittersweet fondness, and move on. And so the years pass, Halloween pops up regularly and one does a little something, but as the seasons begin to pass faster and faster, one moves to other things.

And then, suddenly, one finds that one has become a Dad.

And one looks around, and sees just how much time has passed. One sees one's own Mother-in-Law transformed into a perfectly green witch on the porch, doling out treats to the hundreds of children that have appeared out of nowhere, as if supernaturally transported from ancient mid-century times to now.

And now it is but a few short years more, and my daughter, happily costumed and barely restrained by her parents, runs from door to door, reveling in this orange and black wonderland, magically sprung from the most ordinary of places.

And she will always remember...


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