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just west of Anza (between Shakey's Pizza and McDonald's restaurant)
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It's that time of year again. Halloween has just passed, and now we seem to leap from one holiday season to the next. And we all know that along with all the holiday activities like shopping, celebrating and visiting with friends and family, you and I will both continue to read.

I love reading Christmas stories this time of year. Such a wonderful feeling to curl up with a good book on a cold winter's night with a favorite hot beverage next to you. Add some Christmas music and there is little more which could surpass my feeling of contentedness.

Therefore I am happy to announce that our Christmas Book Display is now up at Book Again! You'll see some old favorites as well as some very interesting new titles. Drop in and check it out. Guaranteed to make any Grinch's heart grow 3 times its normal size!

Aside from the Christmas display, another change on the shelves has to do with our Romance novels. Due to an abundance of these titles, there has been a few changes. Our Recent Books section will now consist of all Paperbacks, General Fiction and Romance titles published within the past 9 months. Also, a few of the Romance authors will be found in the Spotlight Romance section in the front part of the store.

The recipe for this newsletter comes from one of our dear and loyal customers. It's easy to make and it sure sounds good! And don't forget -- our popular Christmas Sale (coming in mid-December) is only happening for one weekend! Don't miss out!

We'll see you soon at Book Again!


From the Editor:
  • General Fiction paperbacks
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
Nenette's Favorites
An interview by Diana

This month I wanted to find out more about Nennette's reading likes. Her favorite books are Romances.

"I enjoy reading authors such as Haywood Smith, Connie Mason and my all time favorite is Beatrice Small."

What is it you like about these authors?

"I love the historical aspects of the books. While I like the romance, I also enjoy learning about certain historical events and about romance in different cultures. Beatrice Small, for example, has written a number of books about heroine Skye O'Malley who has been kidnapped and held in mid eastern harems.

"Upon rescue, by the man she loves, she has spent time as a pirate and been involved in the uprising of Scots against the English crown.

"Connie Mason is another favorite. Her books are exciting with lots of action from beginning to end but I skip the smutty parts. I also like that she draws me in and I feel part of her characters."

How do you help customers find books if they aren't into Romances?

"I listen and know what books are being talked about and what are selling. I really am interested in all sorts of books."

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A simple tale, this time. The holiday season lately seems to have quite enough of its own hurly burly and clutter, thank you, without hacks such as myself adding to the cacophony with a jumble of folkloric anecdotes from several centuries of Christmases past.

A simple tale, then...

It would be a little more than a century ago -- 1878 I believe -- that this story took place. It was in Santa Fe, in a little Convent School run by an order of nuns called the Sisters of Loretto. The local bishop had recently ordered the construction of a chapel, which was to be known as the Chapel of Our Lady of Light and was to be modeled after the "Sainte Chapelle" in Paris. He went so far as to have a Parisian actually draw up the plans, the chapel was built, and the result was breathtaking -- with one exception: a beautiful choir loft rested against the rafters of this inspiring edifice with no staircase, and no way of building one. Five master architects were summoned one by one, and all quickly admitted failure. It was a physical and architectural impossibility -- the choir loft was simply too high, and a staircase could not be built.

The sisters were advised to look into a couple of sturdy ladders. They were, needless to say, not amused.

It was getting close to Christmas now, and the resident Head Nun, Mother Magdalene, was preparing a brief trip to a nearby Indian pueblo that had been stricken with a deadly outbreak of Measles. She learned that one of the girls at the school, an Indian girl named Manuela who had been mute since birth, had admitted yet another would-be architect to the convent. This one seemed worse equipped than most, armed as he was with only the most ancient tools, a bit of wood, and a burro. Unfortunately the Reverend Mother was in a hurry, and consequently unable to boot this one out the door herself.

And so it was that, while tending to the sick and dying at the Santo Domingo pueblo, the Reverend Mother received word that "our little Manuela and the carpenter have become great friends. It's amazing how much he seems to know about us all..."

Now, anyone who has seen a Reverend Mother angered knows what now transpired. Those of you who haven't should count your blessings. In the immortal words of singer Tommy Makem, "the Marines could use a few good nuns"!

Boy, was Mother Magdalene livid. No sooner is she off tending to the infirm than the convent lets in an obvious itinerant and actually lets him loose doing God knows what in their beautiful, staircase-less chapel! She tried to send word to them to get the guy to cease and desist, but now a horrible snowstorm ensued that made any transportation or communication impossible.
And so it was that Mother Magdalene returned in person at the earliest possible moment: Christmas Eve. And so it was that she found that the carpenter had vanished without a trace, having taken no money, and having left behind a staircase that wound magically to the choir loft, with no banisters, no nails, and seemingly unsupported.

And so it was that, when the bewildered and awe-struck Reverend Mother asked aloud if they had even gotten his name, that the mute Manuela uttered her first word: "Jose".

Jose -- Spanish for Joseph ... a carpenter named Joseph...

As you probably have guessed, the preceding story is all true. The chapel and its mysterious staircase still stand in Santa Fe, and architects still pronounce the construction "impossible".

The staircase is held together only with wooden pegs -- not a single nail was used. There are exactly 33 steps, one for each year of Christ's life, and the wood itself is a variety of hard fir, a wood completely nonexistent in New Mexico.

The school records remain intact, and show that no payment of any kind was ever made for the building of the staircase.

Needless to say, the carpenter was never seen again.

Merry Christmas!

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