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Happy 2015 to you all!

And as we say goodbye to 2014, I can't help but reflect on the past year and all of those special Book Again moments -- those special times that are always a part of Book Again.

The times when someone expresses joy with the assortment of new titles on the shelves. The times when a child discovers a book that used to be our own childhood favorite. The times when an out-of-state visitor returns to Book Again during their trip. The times when we suddenly hear the shout "I've found it!" from the other side of the shelves, and we all rejoice because we know that special joy of finding a book that we had been searching for.

Those Book Again moments never get old. They make us smile time and again. They are what makes Book Again such a special place. But the most special thing about Book Again is, and always will be, you -- our longtime faithful customers and friends. And I will never forget that.

Here's to looking forward to a fantastic new year of memories and special Book Again moments with all of you and all of our new Book Again visitors! See you soon!


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Books for the New Year
by Rosie

This year one of my resolutions is to read more. Here are my first four picks of the new year that I've found while tidying the bookstore.

My first pick is Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I came across this intriguing novel about a carny family while straightening our Literature section.

As I spruced-up the Classics section, I came across my second pick -- Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.

One of the perks of working at Book Again is getting first picks when new books come in, especially when it comes to sought out titles and authors, like Vonnegut.

Another popular title -- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams -- is a satirical Sci-Fi classic and my third pick for the new year.

Unfortunately, my fourth pick hasn't made its way into the bookstore yet. If anyone out there has a copy of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, I would love to read it!

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  Linda's Corn Scallops
  • 1 can whole kernel corn & liquid
  • 2 cans cream style corn & liquid
  • 1 box (8 1/2 oz) Jiffy cornbread
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 3 eggs beaten slightly
  • 1 cube butter, melted
  • 2 cloves of Garlic (I used 1 tsp powdered)
  • 1/3 C each green & red pepper

Chop & saute in 2 T oil -- garlic & pepper.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Pour into 9x13 pan.
Cook at 350° for 1 hour

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My brother Joe is under the weather -- so instead of myths and legends, you're gonna be reading my story about cats. If you'd rather hear a folklore story, just pretend the cat I'm writing about is a ghost...

I never cared too much about cats. When I was young, our sweet, innocent dog was attacked by a cat, leaving a big red gash on her nose. That didn't help make me a fan of cats.

Over the years, I never quite got along with most cats that I came across. More often than not, I would get hissed at or scratched. Much my same experience with girls. Looking back, I understand this was because I treated cats the way you would treat a dog, which was a bit rougher and "in your face" than they like.

Fast-forward 40 years, and I notice that my neighbor is feeding a stray cat near his truck at the back of our apartment complex. He told me that the cat's name was Shadow, and that it used to be very wild and aggressive.

As he tells it, his first contact with Shadow came one day when he was sunbathing on the lawn out back. Out of nowhere, Shadow raced up to him and sunk her fangs into his arm.

Since he was now feeding Shadow, I assumed that their relationship had since taken a turn for the better.

Not too long after this, I returned home one day and noticed that Shadow was sitting at my neighbor's front door (which is next to my door at the top of a staircase). Just sitting there as if she was a package waiting to be stolen.

As I approached the stairs, Shadow became frightened. She flew down the steps and ran away from me just as quickly as she could. It was my high school prom night all over again.

This happened a few more times, and each time Shadow ran down the steps, she would hug the railing, inadvertently banging her head pretty hard against that metal railing all the way down. Clang-clang-clang-clang-clang!

I started feeling guilty that this poor little cat was giving itself a concussion just because I was some big scary monster who dared to return home from the grocery store.

I tried giving Shadow advanced warning of my impending arrival by shuffling my feet along the walkway which led to the stairs; but no matter how far away I was, she still freaked out and raced down the steps, banging her head against the railing every time.

So I decided to make this cat no longer fear me. This was my mission. How hard could it be?

I started to feed Shadow, to show her that I was a good guy. I didn't have any cat food, so I fed her some sliced-up hot dogs. She was afraid at first, but it didn't take long before she was literally eating right from my hand (and luckily not eating my actual hand).

As I gained her trust, Shadow began to enter and explore my apartment. I was taken aback at first, but she assured me that she had a search warrant, so everything seemed on the up and up.

Careful to stay far back, so as not to frighten her, I left the front door wide open so that she wouldn't feel trapped. These nightly explorations grew longer and longer. In fact, sometimes I thought she may have fallen asleep while exploring my bedroom. Sometimes she would be in there alone for 15 minutes or so, and then suddenly run out of the apartment as if she wasn't sure where she was or what she was doing there. Luckily, by this stage in my life, I was used to that sort of behavior.

Over time, I realized that I had done my job too well. Not only did this cat no longer fear me -- she absolutely adored me. Or, at the very least, she adored the hot dogs I was feeding her. Whichever the case, I claimed the credit.

About a year later, Shadow waltzed into my apartment one day carrying a dead rat in her mouth. Oh no! I've heard stories about cats bringing dead birds and mice to their owners, but this was something I definitely did not want to deal with. Tiny dead animal carcases were nowhere on my Amazon gift list.

"No! Stay out!" I yelled. "Do not bring that thing inside," I ordered.

Completely oblivious to my orders, Shadow continued to trot right past me, where she proceeded to drop the dead rat right in the middle of my living room.

When I saw it start to move, I realized it was not a rat at all, but a tiny newborn kitten. It was Shadow's baby! It was a Christmas miracle! Well, okay, this was in October, but still...

So what happened next? Did other kittens follow? Did the kitten's daddy show up? Did the kitten put on a top hat and perform a dance number? Stay tuned for Part 2.

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Book Again is open 11am to 4pm (CLOSED MONDAYS) (310) 542-1156

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