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Wishing you and yours a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let's hope that 2016 brings us all a lot of fun, adventure, love and good health -- and, of course, a multitude of truly great books to read and share. And Book Again is here to help with that via our popular New Year's Half-Off Sale!

We thank you for supporting these sales. They are a very necessary source of revenue for Book Again, and have literally kept us afloat for these past 30 years.

30 years? Yes, 2016 marks Book Again's 30th Anniversary. I am so proud that we are still here to serve you, and I am so very thankful for your patronage. As I've said so many times before, we could not survive without your continued support.

Thank you!


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The Rise of the Young Adult Titles
by Kim

As a mother, I read every book that my children are required to read for school. I also read what they read for pleasure. Some of the books I enjoy, and some I do not. Lately there has been an exciting new trend that has been happening which I love and hope to see continue -- teen books turning into mega-bestsellers, going more mainstream, becoming block-buster movies, and appealing to a more diverse audience.

This started briefly in the 1980's with books by S.E. Hinton like The Outsiders, Tex and That Was Then, This is Now. It then blossomed and really came to life with Stephanie Meyers' 4-book series about the love triangle between the human Bella and her two beaus Edward the vampire and Jacob the werewolf. Twilight was the first book, followed by New Moon, Eclipse and then ending with Breaking Dawn. You were either team Jacob or team Edward at some time during those years. And that was just the start of other thrilling journeys which were beginning to take place.

The Hunger Game series by Suzanne Collins also started a revolution. Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute in her sister's place during the annual games were two representatives from each district fought against 12 other districts to the death in order to appease the government for a past uprising.

She stands up against their tyranny and attempts to free all of the people living under their thumb. This 3-book series includes Catching Fire and The Mockingjay.

Veronika Roth's Divergent trilogy gives us a society that is separated into five factions. You can only belong to one faction, but some are able to have qualities of all five, and are known as 'divergent' like our main hero, Tris. This does not sit right with the powers that be and an uprising occurs where certain factions attempt to exterminate the divergents and overthrow the others. Insurgent (the second book) and Allegiant (the third book) nicely finish out this wonderfully-engrossing tale of courage, sacrifice and love.

There are many other teen and young adult series that have also changed societal reading boundaries, such as the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Maze Runner series by James Dasher, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, and the many wonderful series written by Rick Riordan.

Book Again carries some of these books in our Young Adult and Children's section, but be sure to ask us if there's a specific title you're looking for. Why not start off the new year with a new journey that you and your children can experience together!

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  Girard's Champagne Shrimp & Avocado Salad
  • 1 lb assorted salad greens, washed & chilled
  • 1 lb shelled & deveined shrimp, cooked (chilled)
  • 2 avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 24 asparagus tips, cooked to tender crisp & chilled
  • 1/2 C walnut pieces
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries, washed & chilled
  • Girard's Champagne or Light Champagne Salad dressing

Divide greens evenly on 4 salad plates
Garnish with shrimp, avocado, asparagus, walnuts, and raspberries.
Top with dressing and enjoy!

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50 years… To the younger among us, such a span must seem impossibly large -- why, it's practically a lifetime!

To we who are slightly longer in the tooth, we hope fervently that it is at least not quite a "lifetime"…

A couple of years ago you will recall we looked back, at this most significant time of year, at events from a Century ago -- now, by merely halving the distance, we take a flying leap from Ancient History to, for many of us at least, Actual Memory.

(And for those to whom fifty years is still a matter for historical tomes only, who yet find themselves unable to yet turn away from these meandering musings of mine, I strongly urge you to find the nearest amiable Old Person, and ask them a few hundred questions. I will wager they will have you seeing the magical past through their eyes in minutes, and will have the time of their life doing so! I missed many a chance to do so myself, and yet the times I did open my ears to such talk remain priceless -- indeed, half these columns owe their very existence to the collective wisdom of my own forbears.)

At any rate, there were a lot of things you could still do in 1966. As the year dawned, you could still see a brand new episode of Mr. Ed on your television. As a matter of fact, that spring you could still catch new episodes of The Flintstones, The Munsters, Dick Van Dyke, Patty Duke, The Addams Family, Perry Mason, and My Favorite Martian.

By the end of the year they would all be gone.

1966 was also the last year you could see The Beatles perform live -- locally at Dodger Stadium -- their second-to-last show ever.
(It is best we don't actually talk about the Dodgers, themselves -- 1965 had given them a World Series Championship, but this year, though they again made the Series, they lost in four straight games. Pitching legend Sandy Koufax retired immediately thereafter.)

1966 was also the last year you had a chance of a Walt Disney sighting at the Disneyland park. He would often tour the grounds in the morning, and I myself recall being there once when Walt, according to several different sources, had graced the premises with his presence just hours earlier.

By the end of the year that chance was gone, as Walt himself was gone.

Walt, of course, was not the only living legend who shared some part of this magic year with us, only to depart before its flame had been snuffed out. Hollywood icons Buster Keaton and Ed Wynn, Mongomery Clift and Clifton Webb, the great artist Maxfield Parrish, and iconoclasts Lenny Bruce and Bobby Fuller all chose this time, fifty years ago, to take their leave.

Indeed, 1966 was not a good year at all for Los Angeles teenagers. Coincident with the passing of Lenny and Bobby, a certain Bob Dylan had a motorcycle crash, the details of which he refuses to discuss to this day. At the time he simply disappeared, giving rise to rumors that he had in fact died, or was a vegetable.

Closer to home, Beach Boy Brian Wilson was hard at work on his strange masterpiece-in-the-making "Smile", when a series of mysterious fires broke out across the city. Brian was convinced he had unwittingly unleashed demonic forces upon the land, and within a month or two killed the project.

Now, 1966 turned out to be a golden age for Rock 'n' Roll clubs in LA, but by the end of the year old curfew laws were brought out to force as many of these clubs as possible out of business. The kids predictably took to the streets, and so it was that, as Uncle Walt lay dying in a hospital bed in Burbank, thousands of "his" kids, who had cut their pop cultural teeth on Davy Crockett and the Mouseketeers, were now setting city busses afire on Sunset Boulevard.

Now, a cursory glance at the films and songs of the year would give the lie to nay notion that the year was anything short of remarkable -- 1966 gave us songs such as "Sounds of Silence", "Good Vibrations", "Strangers in the Night", and a few massive hits from the aforementioned Beatles, as well as films such as Born Free, Fantastic Voyage, and A Man for All Seasons.

And finally, lest we mourn overmuch at the passing of all those earlier cited TV shows that breathed their last in this fateful year, we should recall that 1966 was also the year that introduced us to Batman, Dark Shadows, The Time Tunnel, The Monkees, That Girl, The Green Hornet, Family Affair, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek.

And that spring, my mom finally allowed me to start buying Mad Magazine (it had long been verboten in our household).

That summer, I turned 10.

The year had its moments…

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There are only children who have not found the right book."
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