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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!


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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
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Isn't summertime simply the best time for reading? Whether you're soaking up the sun, lying on the beach or enjoying the sea breeze from your porch, I find a book is my best outdoor friend during these warmer months.

And happily, the shelves at Book Again are literally overflowing with new arrivals! Fiction is full. No more room in Romance. Even our outside Budget Book racks are bulging. Perfect timing, and the perfect opportunity to pick up some fresh reading material for the season!

See you soon!

—Sheryl

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  • Recent Paperbacks (within 9 months of publication)
  • Classics
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
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Read Something Real
By Cathy

There are some real gems hidden in the shelves right across from the cash register. Looking for a fast read with a strong story? Try Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. I never thought I'd want to read about horse racing, but once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I learned so much about the great depression, the lives of jockeys, horse racing, and the power of an underdog to inspire millions.

Do you like to read memoirs? One of my favorites is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Stayed. This twenty something woman loses her mom, divorces her husband, and plunges into an abyss of despair brought on by a series of poor choices that nearly ruin her. What saves her? She makes an impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail -- nearly 1100 miles -- by herself. She encounters freakish weather, rattlesnakes, bears and her own personal demons. She comes out whole and ready to reclaim her life. This book is beautifully written and designated as the inaugural selection for Oprah's 2.0 Book Club.

Killing Kennedy is popular choice in our nonfiction section. Written by Bill O'Reilly, this book about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy is often requested by our customers.

On a nearby shelf, The Best of Times written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Haynes Johnson, chronicles the '90s and the Clinton presidency. Customers can also find books about other American leaders, including President Reagan, Senator Ted Kennedy, and President Obama.

Science books can be found interspersed on the shelves in the nonfiction section. Looking for a classic title? Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time can be found in the Reference section. Bill Bryson offers an entertaining overview of science in his book A Brief History of Nearly Everything. My all time favorite is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It is the story of a poor black woman who died of cancer in 1951. Doctors took tissue samples without her knowledge or consent, and grew them in test tubes. They became the first human cells that could survive in a lab, enabling countless medical breakthroughs. Excellent writing by Rebecca Skloot make this a riveting read.

So step outside of your comfort zone and explore our nonfiction section.

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 Western Full House Ribs
  • 3 lbs country ribs (boneless pork)
  • 1 C Jack Daniels Western Grilling Sauce
  • 1 C Jack Daniels Sizzling Smokehouse Blend Grilling Sauce
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C soy sauce
  • 1 C honey


Put ribs in 4 qt. saucepan.
Combine remaining ingredients and pour over ribs.
Cover & simmer for one hour or until tender.
Remove ribs from sauce.
Grill for 15 minutes or until browned.
Brush on additional Jack Daniels spicy Western Grilling Sauce to finish ribs.

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 PASSING IT ON

So, It was cold, of course. Bitterly, unmercifully and unrepentantly cold. Men were dying from it -- the young soldier had actually seen men freeze to death, and there was no relief in store. The enemy controlled the nearby city, leaving little hope for fresh provisions as the winds raged and the snow fell.

Of course, freezing may have been preferable to other choices. Disease was rampant in the camp, and was responsible for even more of the deaths that were now a regular fact of the young soldier's wretched existence. It was a grim Winter, and that fact coming on the heels of their recent defeats had brought the collective morale of the rag-tag army to lows hitherto unimaginable -- and there was no way out. They were at the mercy of the whims of the Enemy -- stuck in this miserable camp until the latter should of their own accord depart the vicinity. So were they all trapped, and doomed to remain so for long months to come.

At least, the young soldier thought, it cannot get any worse.

Just then, a couple of guards appeared and ordered him to his feet. The General had demanded his presence…

Now, the General was having problems of his own. His horse had become very lame, the result of having been shod badly. He had found another blacksmith among his troops, and ordered the fellow to undo the damage of his predecessor. The results were as before -- the horse still limped, and the General was losing patience.

He had his aides search the camp for a new blacksmith -- the former trade, as you may have guessed, of our young soldier, who now shivered as much with trepidation as from the cold, as the guards hurried him off to the General's cabin.

The General fired off a few rapid questions at our poor young soldier who, looking up, stammered out his replies. The General was indeed tall, as tall as everyone said, and seemed even more so at close quarters.

The next words from the General alarmed him most of all: "Shoe that horse so that he doesn't go lame, or I will hang you up!"

Needless to say, our soldier set to work straight away, and did what must have been the best job of his life, upon the conclusion of which an orderly mounted the horse, and rode it off quickly -- and successfully.

The limp was gone! Our young soldier was safe! Suddenly the General was beside him, hand on his shoulder. "Did you think that I meant what I said?" Our young soldier assured him he believed that the General simply wished him to do his best.

Thus began a long acquaintance between our young soldier and General George Washington, on that cold day long ago at Valley Forge. Our young soldier remained as a part of Washington's personal retinue for the remaining five years of the Revolutionary War, at length heading West to Ohio, where he married, grew a long, long beard, and lived to the happy old age of 87, delighting in his later years to tell his tales to a grateful gaggle of grandchildren, who in turn passed the stories down to their own children and grandchildren, and so to me.

And now, just today in fact, I have passed on to my own daughter the true story of how her great-great-great-great-great grandfather, John Drushel, became George Washington's personal blacksmith.

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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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