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We BUY, SELL & TRADE your paperback and hardcover books!
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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It was wonderful having so many of you visiting Book Again during our recent anniversary this past March. So nice to spend time reminiscing about the past 28 years. And so gratifying (and relieving) to see the store so busy these past few months. Thank you all for making it possible!

And now, looking into the future, we have Mother's Day coming up, and Book Again will be open (as we recognize that a nice trip to Book Again, accompanied by a Book Again Gift Certificate, would be very much appreciated by so many mothers out there)! At least all the mothers that I know!

So we will be looking forward to seeing many of you that Sunday. And recently, due to our popular Spring Sale, we've had a large turnover of books on the shelves, with the addition of some wonderful childrens books and young adult titles, as well as some beautiful new gift books (including a few beautiful, and different, crochet and knitting books). Even more reason to make another trip to Book Again soon!

—Sheryl

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From the Editor:
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  • General Fiction
  • Classics
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
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Two Must-Reads
By Diana

I just finished re-reading two of my favorite books, both westerns, by author Alan Le May -- The Unforgiven and The Searchers. While both have been made into classic movies (I watch them every time they appear on tv), I still find the original books to be such a delight. Reading Le May's words, I can see the colors of the landscape before me. I can smell the sawdust and feel the essence of his world. I am totally transported into the Old West.

In The Unforgiven, a family and a community are torn over the true identity of 17 year old Rachel, suspected by some to be a Kiowa Indian whose territory they have settled in. As the truth comes out, brothers become enemies and the community turns against one another in an effort to protect themselves from the Indians and from their own feelings of right and wrong. Throughout the story Rachael remains an innocent -- unaware of the battles about to be fought on her behalf.

In the second book, The Searchers, two young girls are kidnapped by the Comanches after their families are killed. Their uncle (an Indian fighter) sets out to find them, accompanied by his adopted nephew. Their search goes on for years as the two follow endless rumors and cold trails, with one being driven by love and the other by hate as they roam the desolate open countrysides of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Many twists and turns occur as the men's inner demons are explored during their lonely trek through the wilderness.

These books are not just about cattle drives, Indians and outlaws -- they are personal stories of loyalty, love, prejudice and the human experience, intertwined with adventure and a bit of history. We even learn things about the Indians, their culture and their rituals. If you have read Larry McMurtry, Louis Lamour or Zane Grey, you can't miss these two stories. Even if you have already seen the films!

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 Stir-Fried Pork and Escarole Salad
  • 3 qts (12 oz) lightly packed, rinsed, crisped escarole or spinach leaves
  • 2/3 C cider vinegar
  • 3 T honey
  • 2 large Red Delicious Apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 C fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 4 T cornstarch
  • 2 T Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 1 lb lean, boneless pork loin or loin end, trimmed of fat and cut into paper thin 1/2" x 3" slices
  • 1 C raisins


Place washed leaves on a wide platter.

In a medium size bowl, stir together vinegar, honey, and apples.

Remove apples with a slotted spoon. Scatter over leaves.

Add cornstarch, broth, mustard, and thyme to vinegar mixture in bowl. Stir well. Set aside.

Heat oil in a wide nonstick frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.

When oil is hot, add shallots and pork.

Stir-fry until meat is lightly browned, (about 3 minutes).

Push meat to one side of pan. Stir vinegar mixture well, pour into pan, and stir just until boiling, (about 1 min).

Stir meat into sauce; then quickly spoon meat mixture over leaves and sprinkle with raisins.

Serve immediately.

443 calories • 9 grams fat •305 sodium

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 FAIRIES

So, we're already at the May/June point, are we?

Hmmm... I suppose we are going to have to talk a little about -- them. Them that are best seen on only six occasions each year, two of which happen to occur right now -- one May 1st, the other June 23rd.

Them that inspire paintings by Dodd and Doyle, plays by Shakespeare, poems by Yeats, and curses by peasants everywhere.

I refer, of course, to fairies.

Not that I would ever call them that to their faces -- might wake up with the milk curdled one morning, or all my money swapped for odd shaped coins that would vanish as soon as I tried to spend them.

No, they've never liked the epithet "fairy" -- they themselves prefer to be called the "Good People" or the "Hidden People". The word "fairy" seems to have come about when the Romans first arrived in the British Isles to "colonize" the Celts that were already there.

These Empire builders from the South brought with them a wide assortment of legends and customs which quickly passed into the collective British unconsciousness, and hence to us -- it is because of the Romans that we trade gifts at Christmas, dye eggs at Easter, and celebrate Saint Valentine's Day.

Anyway, one of these Roman legends was the old Classical tradition of the three fatae, or "fates". This was Anglicized to fay, a name which the Celts decided to use to refer to the Little People who were constantly to be found in the English countryside.

The magic worked by these "fay" was therefore called "fayerie" -- and, as the years passed, the word was abbreviated to "fairy" and came to refer to the Wee Folk themselves.

But who were these little people, you ask?

A good question, that -- and one that scholars of such things disagree loudly about. My own favorite theory (and the one that rings most true) is that they were the original inhabitants of England, Scotland and Ireland. The Celts (forbears of today's Scotch, Irish and Welsh) invaded the British Isles around 500 BC, after having conquered most of Northern Europe (including, for a brief time, Rome!), and soon began telling tales of the strange small folk who lived in hollow hills, and frolicked in an underground country where Summer never ends...

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"Lord! When you sell a man a book, you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue -- you sell him a whole new life! Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night -- there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book."—Christopher Morley
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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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