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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

Many of you know our helper, Cathy. She joined us shortly after retiring as a high school librarian. Well, I am sad to report that Cathy has now also retired from Book Again. She will definitely be missed, but of course we understand that helping out with her newest grandchild must take precedence.

She will miss Book Again, as well; but when asked to help out with her newest grandchild, well, Book Again just couldn't compete with that.

However, we are happy to welcome our newest helper, Kim. She is a genuine book person (and people person) who will be helping us out on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please welcome her to the family. I'm sure she will become a most welcomed asset at Book Again.

Also, we are very happy to report that Rosie will continue to be with us, as she has found a way to fit Book Again in with her school schedule. Currently working on Fridays, Rosie is an immense help not only to customers at the store, but also with our online presence on Facebook.

As for myself, I will will continue to work Wednesdays and Saturdays with Nenette.

See you soon at Book Again!


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  • Large Print Novels
  • Paperback General Fiction
  • Mysteries
  • Westerns
Summertime Reading
by Diana

The hot days of summer are upon us. Visitors are arriving to enjoy our wonderful California weather. School is out for many students of all ages. This is the time to put away all your winter reading and head to Book Again for those specialty books you've been meaning to get to. We have many wonderful cookbooks with delicious recipes that you've always wanted to try -- many of which don't even require long hours over a hot stove. Learn which salads can make cool light and delicious summer lunches and dinners all by themselves.

Want to travel but can't afford to this year? Our great selection of travel books will transport you to those places you've dreamt of, whether they be overseas or here in your own backyard of Southern California. Many of us have lived here for years and are often surprised to find treasures right outside our own doors. Did you know there is a railroad museum in Lomita?

In addition to the variety of children's books offered, Book Again also offers a wide selection of arts and crafts books for all ages. It may take some serious effort on your part to pry the smart phones, iPads and other assorted electronic devices from their little paws, but showing youngsters the joy of creating items from their own imagination will be worth it.

Of course, romance and intrigue are always in style while lounging around the pool or at the beach. Summer is the perfect time to try out a new author. Heck, if he/she turns out not to be to your liking, take a dip and come back to Book Again for another selection.

Don't forget, returned books are always welcomed.

Hope you have a fun summer and fun reading!

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  Spicy Chicken & Couscous
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 T white cooking wine
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Near East Couscous Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil
  • 2 T lemon juice

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.

Add chicken and garlic; cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently or until garlic is golden brown and chicken is no longer pink inside.

Add tomatoes, lemon juice, cooking wine, green pepper and red pepper flakes.

Bring to a boil. Cover & simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, prepare Couscous according to package.

Serve chicken over bed of couscous. Makes six 1-cup servings.

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I could have regaled you with more patriotic paens from those good old revolution days, but by the time you read these words I fear the Glorious Fourth will be but a memory -- I do hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day, as I certainly plan to, but by the time these words complete their voyage to you, the moving hand will, as they say, have writ. What then can I write about? What indeed, if not, simply:

Of course, Summer is especially delightful in the Beach area, and of course Book Again is just a stone's throw from the Redondo Beach Pier, so of course one finds it just this side of impossible to avoid looking at Redondo in the Summer.

Mom (Sheryl to you, proprietor of this very store) would always take us down to the beach at the southern end of Redondo, the somewhat perilous (to a kid, anyway) descent down the hill to the sand a necessary part of the proceedings, a daily Rite of Passage, if you will.

Down the ominous cliffs we would go, complaining about our altogether impossible "go-aheads" ("flip flops" to other generations) that never seemed to flop correctly. We always seemed to have enough supplies for a rather prolonged stay -- each brother carried one or two bags or baskets as well as towels, while Mom brought the umbrella.

Because everybody had a Beach Umbrella back then. Do they still?

At any rate, Mom would always concoct a special summer brew of her own device: half pink lemonade, and half Delaware Punch. You won't find Delaware Punch anymore unless you are fortunate enough to stumble upon it in one of the few Deep South states where it is still allegedly sold.

But in the mid-sixties, it was everywhere. And it was awfully good.

So, the special brew, some hard boiled eggs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and potato chips. Not Lay's though, they were just getting started. we would have had tried-andtrue Laura Scudder's Potato Chips, or perhaps some Wampum Corn Chips.

And we even found time to swim, which, after long ruminations on the unseasonable frigidity of the water, we happily took to, madly jumping about and body surfing as long as we could, before the dreaded call to lunch.

I say "dreaded" because, in those days, there was an unwritten though universally adhered-to Law that said Something Terrible was certain to happen to anyone who entered the water within an hour of finishing their meal. We were always told we would get undefined "cramps", and, having no idea what that might actually entail, we dutifully stayed out of the oh-so-dangerous water for the appointed duration -- even though none of us had ever heard of anyone actually getting cramps from swimming.

Such waiting periods are, no doubt, the genesis of the art of Sand Castle making. We would soon lose ourselves in the attempted creation of great labrynthian structures of dark wet sand, and bravely soldier on even as tower after tower collapsed prematurely, until at length much more than an hour had passed, and suddenly it was time for one final dash into the waves, before the tragic march back to the car, bags less full yet heavier (to us), wet towels and tarred feet, and a long climb back up those same South Redondo hills...

This is not the column I intended to write, but it will do.

Yes, as my eyes mist up in fond recollection of those dear and ancient memories, it will do very well indeed.

Happy Summer!

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"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray; Go throw your TV set away; and in its place you can install;
a lovely bookshelf on the wall."
—Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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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