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Happy Holidays!
Happy Busy Holiday Season!

Well, it's here -- that wonderful time of the year is upon us again, and I enjoy every minute of it. But oh, how that holiday stress continues to become more of an issue for me as the years march on.

So what have I discovered to be the perfect stress-reliever? Why, a good book, naturally! And this really is the perfect time of the year to discover some new good books, as so many wonderful titles are coming out now. A perfect excuse for visiting Book Again to check-out our constantly-changing supply of great reads!

Plus, our Christmas books are up on display now. The best ones sell out quickly, so hurry on down to claim yours!

Also remember that our Book Again Gift Certificates make a perfect holiday gift for the book lover on your list! Ask for them at the counter.

On a more personal note, during the Holidays I will be at the store as often as possible on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. If you want me to look at your books for cash consideration instead of credit, I will do my best to be available. But please remember to always call the store and ask if I am there before you come in with those books. I do have to be very selective about the books that we can purchase for cash. And keep in mind that Westerns, Mysteries and General Fiction are the books that we need the most. The only hardcover fiction that we can use are the newest titles from the most popular authors (the ones that are not yet available in paperback).

Hope to see you all soon at Book Again!


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A Look at the Classics
by Kim

It's that time of year again. Going back to school, vacation time is over and required reading lists fill our days. However, September is also a great time of year to embark on a journey of a different kind. For some it will be their first journey and for others it is a time to visit old friends and make new ones.

First, let's visit Venice where we can learn all about feuding families and young tragic love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Family love, friendship and death encompass this great masterpiece of the written word and transport you back in time to a different era.

Then we travel to the old south and witness the trial of Bo Radley in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. We can befriend Scout and learn life lessons about friendship, family and a history we are still trying to overcome.

Last, we travel to New York and find ourselves identifying with disenchanted youth Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger.

All of us, the young and the oldcan relate to teenage rebellion and the desire to live our own lives our way.

These are just a few of the great works of art that have been written for our reading pleasure.

Ask us about our Classics section and enjoy other wonderful books by Herman Hesse, Shakespeare and Mark Twain.

Reading a great book is an adventure that you can enjoy over and over again.

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  • 1/2 C butter (or margarine)
  • 1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 can (14 oz) condensed milk
  • 1 C peanut butter chips
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As I began musing over possible candidates for a list of Top Ten Christmas Stories, a strange thing happened. Five came to mind immediately, without research, thumbing through old books, or anything.

Five came to mind, and were somewhat of a surprise in some cases, and I quickly realized that these five just had to be the most deserving. Here, then, is my own little list of the Five Best Christmas Stories. No Truman Capote or Dylan Thomas, though both are quite deserving -- it's a little eclectic, and runs from a piece that barely fills two pages to a piece that is more properly considered a short novel. Here they are.


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens (1843)

We begin with the one more properly considered a short novel. Dickens was a great lover of the Ghost Story, and some years after the publication of this little tale, which made his reputation, he was was editing various magazines on a regular basis, and was careful to ensure the inclusion of a couple of ghostly tales in every Christmas edition. It may thus be said that the late Victorian custom of ghost stories for Christmas Eve was tremendously furthered, if not fathered, by Charles Dickens.

This one, of course, is the Christmas tale of all tales. It is to this day impossible to imagine the season without taking in some manifestation of the story. Scrooge is, after all, all of us, every time we curse the crowds, the traffic, every time indeed we fail to realize that love for one's fellow man is arguably our most important task in our fleeting lives, every time we descend to such baseness we would be well served by a Spirit or two of our own. It is extraordinary that the tale plays as well today as it did 156 years ago!


A Hint for Next Christmas
by A. A. Milne (1921)

This one is extremely short, barely two pages. Nonetheless it is delightful, and quite funny. (And yes, this is the very same author of the Pooh books!)


Crisp New Bills for Mr. Teagle
by Frank Sullivan, (1935)

Another humor bit -- this one originally from The New Yorker. It's a comic piece, with an original twist to this season of tipping and calculating. I once thought it would have made an uncommonly good Twilight Zone episode, and was thus happily surprised to learn that it had shown up in a recent issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.


An Iowa Christmas
by Paul Engle (1960)

Oh, did I mention that when Great Grandma took Grandma to Babes in Toyland, it was probably in Iowa? At any rate, this is a quiet little piece -- nothing more than a memory of a simpler, home made time. As you know, there are thousands of such pieces, particularly when Christmas is involved. I first read this over thirty years ago, and have never been able to get it out of my mind. In short, as extraordinary an evocation of American Christmases of Old as you'll ever find.


Stubby Pringle's Christmas
by Jack Schaefer (1964)

Schaefer wrote Shane among other things, so as you might expect this tale has a Western setting. Christmas Carol is, of course, well known to you, the next two selections are humorous pieces, designed to put the heyday of the season into perspective, and the immediately preceding Iowa Christmas is not fiction at all, but a simple memory, much as I've just subjected you to in this column.

I end, I think, very appropriately, with this little Christmas tale about a lone cowboy, the promise of a barn dance, and a lonely cabin out in the middle of nowhere. No carolers for miles, no Victorians, no holly or any of that, and yet if I were ever forced to pick one short story that embodied the essence of Christmas, I should choose this one.

All these tales have found their way into more than one Christmas collection. Any of these tales will do you good.

Merry Christmas!

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