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Book Again features a large selection of current best-sellers
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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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Happy Anniversary to us!

March is our Anniversary Month, and this year Book Again is celebrating our 29th year! Please come in and wish us a Happy Anniversary. Without your wonderful support, we would not be celebrating at all.

Our Spring Sale is coming up in April. Check out the notice above and mark your calendars. Remember, our sales include all the books, audio books and puzzles inside the store, so be sure to take advantage of the discount on some of our book sets, art books and specialty books!

Also, I am once again looking for some help in running the store. If you have some extra time, and you love to read and enjoy helping other readers in their search for "that one special book," then please consider Book Again. You can come into the bookstore and see me on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

—Sheryl

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Where There is a Will, There is a Way
by Sheryl

I've used that most familiar saying from my childhood as the title for this column, as it seems to best describe my overall experience with books of late.

You see, this past year my eyesight has been problematic, and this has caused me great concern as I can no longer read the smaller type found in normal-sized paperbacks. The oversized paperbacks seemed to work at first, but now even these are a strain.

Hardcovers seem to work better for me, but they just don't come into the store fast enough, and this has severely limited my reading choices in recent months.

Forced to try authors that I have never read before, I am now enjoying books written by Ken Follett, Lee Child and Stuart Woods.

All 3 authors specialize in thrillers and mysteries while Ken also has some wonderful historical novels under his belt.

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  Scalloped Potatoes

These scalloped potatoes are made with broth, not milk, and get extra flavor from sun-dried tomato pesto. They are fabulous with roast chicken.

  • 3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 C Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (see recipe below)
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 C (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 Tbsp chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1 C chicken broth or canned low-sodium broth, heated to boiling
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°.

Lightly oil an 11 1/2 x 8-inch (2-qt) baking dish.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat.

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds (a mandolin or food processor does the quickest work).

Add to the boiling water and cook until barely tender, about 8 minutes.

Drain and toss with the pesto to coat evenly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Layer half of the potatoes in the dish, sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese, and sprinkle with basil. Continue until you have 3 layers, finishing with cheese.

Pour in the hot broth. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Uncover and continue to bake until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown, about 15 minutes.

Serve hot, sprinkled with parsley. Serves 8.

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  Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Keep a container of this brick-red pesto in the refrigerator to toss with pasta, to stir into soups or salad dressings, or even to make a dish of scalloped potatoes into an event.

  • 2 C sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained
  • 1 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 C (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 C (packed) fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed under a knife and peeled; freshly ground pepper, to taste


Process all the ingredients in a food processor fitted with the metal blade until the mixture forms a coarse paste. (The pesto can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 1 month). Makes about 2 cups.

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SHADOW STAYS AND STAYS

In the print edition of this newsletter, the recipe took up all the room on the back page, so we were unable to continue the story of Shadow, the Cat. The full story will (hopefully) appear in our May issue. Meanwhile, here is a preview...

So let's go back to that cold October night. After dropping her kitten onto my living room carpet, Shadow dropped to the floor, herself, seemingly exhausted (I guess kids can exhaust parents of all species). As Shadow took a well-deserved nap, her kitten crawled around slowly on his own. It was all too cute. I wanted to keep the kitten, but at the same time I didn't want a pet. I didn't want the hassle of cleaning up after a cat, and I didn't want to be saddled with the cost of food and vet bills.

And yet, I felt guilty. My neighbor had been feeding Shadow for a while now, but had neglected to get her fixed (he even had a few of Shadow's previous offspring living inside with him). And now I had been feeding Shadow, too; and like my neighbor, I also neglected to get her spayed. So I felt this kitten was partly my responsibility. Ugh.

As the cats were making themselves at home (in MY home), I started to think about the situation. I started to find excuses that would let me off the hook. These cats were cute, but they were still very much wild animals, I reasoned. At least partially -- with the exception of them begging for food from humans.

With that thought in mind, I felt the best thing to do was to put them back outside before they started getting used to being indoors (and before they started to poop on my floor). So about an hour after Shadow brought him inside my apartment, I picked the kitten up and brought him back outside. Shadow followed us, and she picked up the kitten after I placed him on the outdoor walkway. I stood there and waited to see where they would go. Shadow looked around, waited, looked around some more, and then ran back up the stairs, returning the kitten inside my apartment. She probably would have slammed the door behind her and locked me out if she was able...


So did Dan cruely throw the cats outside again? Or did he change his mind? Find out in May as we present the full continuation of the story of Shadow the Cat (even though the photograph of Shadow sitting comfortably on a cat tree should give you the answer)...

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"To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend.
To read it for a second time is to meet an old one."
--Chinese Proverb
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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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