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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

Happy 2014 to you all!

I certainly hope this will be another good year -- a year where I see each and every one of you happily browsing our shelves for great books and even better bargains. And to that end, I'm happy to announce that we will be starting the new year off right with our popular New Year's Half-Off Sale (see ad above). Don't miss it, and don't forget to bring your books in with you, as we will be taking-in books during the sale (which means our inventory will also be changing during the sale).

This holiday season has been so joyous for us. It was wonderful seeing so many of you bringing visitors with you to Book Again. I love meeting folks from all over the country (and beyond), and I am so pleased that we remain on their list of favorite stores to shop at. And special thanks to those of you who recommend us to your friends. We continue to see brand new customers, and many of them tell us how they have heard about Book Again from a friend or relative. We recognize that and I just wanted to let you know how very special this is to me. It really means a lot.

See you soon at Book Again!


From the Editor:
  • All Paperback Fiction (in good condition)
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
Some Favorite Reads
By Sheryl

PERSIAN PICKLE CLUB – by Sandra Dallas
In the 1930's, hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas. For Queenie Bean, the highlight of each week is gathering with the Persian Pickle Club, where the local ladies meet to improve their minds, exchange gossip and quilt.

CALICO PALACE – by Gwen Bristow
A wonderful historical fiction of the California gold rush – not about the forty-niners who came rushing into the area in 1849, but about the men and women already there in 1848 when San Francisco was a mere village of 900 people

A WEEK IN WINTER – by Maeve Binchy
This last novel written by Maeve Binchy takes place in Stoneybridge (a small town on the west coast of Ireland) and is filled with winning characters and the charm of the Irish culture.

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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
  • 14 1/2 oz Ready-Cut Italian-Style tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 C water
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well 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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Here we go again...

100 years ago, we were probably less and less dependent on horses for transportation, as more and more brave souls were trying these new-fangled, noisy contraptions called "automobiles". We were quite possibly still down on the farm, though more of us were beginning to feel the lure of the Big City, a siren song that would explode at the end of World War I. For those not yet lured, our buying power had improved immensely, as we could now order items from catalogs -- a trend Sears had started a decade earlier. For general entertainment, the travelling shows were still the mainstay for the farmers among us, though frequently they would feature something new: pictures that actually moved. For the city dwellers among us there would be actual parlors where we could go and see these "movies" any time we wanted to. This would have been little more than a novelty, though cinema was poised to challenge and soon replace the delights of the city's Vaudeville Houses, then approaching the height of their popularity. For music, the piano in the parlor would quite possibly be a player piano by now, and even that had competition: like as not, we would have little wax cylinders which could actually reproduce music -- even voices! Ah, the wonders of the new century... And we read books.

50 years ago we had mostly moved out of the city to something called the "suburbs". A few would still go to the city to visit the big department stores, of course, although for day to day needs there were things called "supermarkets" near every suburb. We would sometimes need to visit the city if we wanted to take in a particular movie. The movies were fighting a rival far more potent than radio by now, however -- television. It was small, it was just changing from black and white to color, and yet it dominated as our number one source of visual entertainment. In response, movies were now nearly all in color, and the screens had grown very, very wide. For music, radio was still big, primarily among the kids. A new sort of radio called "FM" had arrived, but that was still mostly for Classical enthusiasts and Stereo Hi Fi nuts. The kids were tuned in to "rock 'n' roll", which had in the past few years single-handedly saved a lot of radio stations from being rendered obsolete by television. And the kids were buying records -- mostly 45's, though a little band from England was about to change everything… And we read books.

Nowadays, we still visit supermarkets and department stores, but there are typically only one or two chains left in most areas -- chains that have in the past few years gobbled all the other ones up. Naturally, fewer chains means less of a selection, and we are thus witness to a continuing phenomenon whereby the remaining traditional retail stores seem to be deliberately doing themselves in by offering even less choices and less service, at a time when more than ever before is available online. Are stores going to disappear? Many, sadly, already have… For general entertainment, we now download complete television episodes and movies directly from the World Wide Web. CD's have begun to disappear, as music becomes more and more an entity of the clouds, no longer beholden to any vinyl or plastic cage. And we read books?

When I first wrote this column seven years ago, the Book seemed to be the one constant. Recent years have, however, shown us that the modern age has the potential even to digitize and destroy physical books, as it has so much else. And yet, though reading online is clearly here to stay, which I state as I type these words, watching them appear on the screen before me, yet something unforeseeable has happened. Electronic books have failed to wipe out printed books, which many had predicted, and their sales have slowed dramatically over the past year, as the novelty begins to wear off. Of greater significance is this, though: in a poll conducted a month or so ago, the coming generation was directly polled -- and a majority of kids between 16 and 24 voted in favor of traditional books, by a percentage of 65 to 35%! And this allows me to repeat my words from years ago, and tell you with no hesitation, that the good old book is with us still, and looks to remain so for many years to come. Yes, dear friends -- we read books.

Happy New Year!

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"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."—Richard Steele

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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