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

It's summertime again!

And that means it's time to play, relax, and, most importantly, time to read, READ, and READ AGAIN! Read outdoors by the pool. Bring your favorite author to the beach with you. Relax with a good book on the patio while enjoying the cool breeze. And here at Book Again, there are just so many entertaining, well-written books in an assortment of genres -- frankly, it can be difficult to choose.

Well worry no more! You'll find our annual Summer Sale to be the perfect opportunity to branch out and try a new author or even a brand new genre. Our shelves are stocked full, so come on in for your extra summer reading -- and then return for our sale to stock up your library at the lowest prices in town.

Our current Spotlight is John Sanford and you will find his books displayed on the counter.


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  • Westerns
  • General Fiction
  • Mysteries
Mysteries With a Touch of Humor
by Diana

I have just finished reading another wonderful Joan Hess mystery. This one centers around Claire Malloy, the owner of a small bookstore (remind you of anyone?). Claire has a sassy-mouthed, overly-dramatic teen daughter (are there any other kind?) and a detective boyfriend who does not appreciate it when Claire gets involved in his investigations (but he also cannot deny her wit and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to solving crimes).

This Agatha Award-winning author pens two different mystery series. Aside from The Claire Malloy Mysteries, Joan also writes about Arly Hanks, an irreverent young female police chief in the small town of Maggody, Arkansas, who handles her investigations with determination and humor (while assuring her male co-workers that being a female does not hinder her ability to get the job done).

This series is generally known as The Maggody Mysteries or The Arly Hanks Mysteries, and currently features 16 titles (The Claire Malloy Mysteries has 20 titles to date).

Joan's humor makes me literally laugh out loud, and her stories always contain a bevy of uniquely odd characters which you can't help but love.

While her books may not be quite the thing for the mystery purist, I would highly recommend them if you welcome a bit of light-heartedness in your stories.

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  Easy Basil Alfredo with Chicken
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3/4 lb chicken breast strips
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves (or fresh)
  • 1 pkg (3 oz) nonfat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pkg (8 oz) Linguine, uncooked
  • 1 jar (7 oz) roasted red pepper, drained & sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat oil; add onion

Cook until lightly browned (about 8 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Add chicken, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until thoroughly cooked.

Stir-in milk and basil; heat just to boiling.

Reduce heat; add cream cheese and roasted red pepper, stirring frequently until cheese melts and sauce is smooth. Keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook pasta; drain. Stir Parmesan cheese into sauce. Toss hot pasta and sauce; serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

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Disclaimer: Should the following seem a wee bit familiar, it is because I have blatantly turned to our May column of nine years ago and shamefully reused a good part of it! It says very nicely everything I wanted to say this time, and therefore please accept, slightly abridged and modified, this renewed tribute to Motherhood…

Welcome, dear friends, to our special Mother's Day column! I am reminded of my father's mother's mother, who I actually knew, and who passed from this mortal stage in the early 1960's while raising a glass of champagne in toast.

Now, I have always thought that that was just about the coolest possible way to go, and in her memory let us therefore raise our own glasses, at whatever Mother's Day celebration we find ourselves.

(I should point out that the jacuzzi comment goes back to the late seventies, when I had a band and frequently needed use either of Mom's car, or of Mom's 15 year old son David, who was our bass player. When once I needed such a favor from my sainted, long suffering mother, I promised to buy her a house the very instant we became millionaires. The next time I needed something, having already promised said house, I offered to add a swimming pool. The next time, now owing her both house and pool, I threw in a jacuzzi. It escalated from there.)

At any rate, a toast to mothers everywhere! They carry with them the great secrets and mysteries of Life Itself, they nurture and mold us, they loan us cars and little brothers -- and they rarely demand anything in return outside of the occasional folklore column.

Moving along to the more important toasts, here's a special toast to every mother reading this, and if you're not one, then a toast to your own mother!

And I must toast my father's mother -- a Wild Irish Rose from Iowa who came of age in Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties -- and my mother's mother, born in Hawaii and not a little wild herself as she grew to adulthood in Los Angeles. Both women were extraordinarily loving and supportive, and both defied great odds (and parents) to marry the men they wanted to -- a very good thing, since there would otherwise be no Me to type these very words!

(And I must in that spirit take a minute for a special toast to my amazing father, who has now sadly passed on. There will be a column just for him in the near future.) A toast as well to my mother-in-law, Gloria, who has not only continued to give me many ancestors I would not otherwise know about, but also of course produced my wife!

And a very very special toast – the one you all saw coming -- to Mom, my own Mom, Sheryl Anderson, still the proud owner of Book Again for an even more astonishing number of years, to whom by my own calculations I now owe 79 swimming pools and 186 jacuzzis.

Lastly, the Toast of Toasts to my wife Lisa, who, just three months after this column first appeared, became…

A Mother.

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"Far more seemly were it for thee to have thy study full of books, than thy purse full of money."—John Lyly

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