Here is where you will find what's new at St. Thomas' well-known, well-read Dockside Bookshop at Havensight Mall. Every week you will find new titles to peruse. Look for updates of our "picks" for fiction and nonfiction and, at the end of the reviews, a list of new paperback fiction.
"Our Secrets, Siri Aang," by Christina Kessler, Philomel Books, young adult literature, 212 pp. $16.99
Namelok stopped to catch her breath. The white sky hugged the searing heat that danced on the horizon. A somber silence filled the bush, leaving only the sound of her heartbeat banging in her chest. Knowing that she was running out of time was only part of her problem. She needed to know that the rhinos were safe. As she raced past a fallen log covered in termite hills, she pleaded, "Please, Enkai, let Emuny Narok and Siri Aang be there, waiting for me. I really need their company today. I really need to know that they are well."
She also needed every possible minute with them. She sucked in her bottom lip at the thought of the changes coming in her life. Stopping suddenly, she held her hands over her eyes to cut the glare, searching the horizon.
That's when she saw the vultures .
Namelok charged straight at the spot. She hadn't run so long or so fast since she and loitipitip had chased the zebras and the wildebeest as herders. She waved her arms and screamed and ran harder. Tears were flowing down her face, for without seeing what lay ahead, she already knew.
'Cristina Keeler is a resident of the Virgin Islands living on St. John. Her book "Our Secret, Siri Aang" won The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Henry Bergh Young Adult Award for the 2004 year.'
"Interruption of Everything," by Terry McMillan, Viking, fiction hard cover, 365 pp. $25.95
Since Terry McMillan's breakout novel 'Waiting to Exhale' surged onto the bestseller lists, critics and readers alike have been captivated by her irreverent, hilarious, pitch-perfect tales of women's lives and contemporary issues. With "The Interruption of Everything", her sixth novel, McMillan takes on the fault lines of midlife and family life, reminds us once again of the redeeming power of friendship, and turns her eye toward the dilemma of how a woman starts to put her own needs higher on the to-do list while not shortchanging everyone else.
Marilyn Grimes, wife and mother of three, has made a career of deferring her dreams to build a suburban California home and lifestyle with her husband, Leon. She troubleshoots for her grown kids, cares for her live-in mother-in-law, Arthurine (and elderly poodle, Snuffy); keeps tabs on her girlfriends Paulette and Bunny and her won aging mother and foster sister-all the while holding down a part-time job. But at forty-four, Marilyn's got too much on her plate and nothing to feed her passion. She feels like she's about ready to jump. She's just not sure where.
Highly entertaining, deeply human, a page-turner full of heart and soul, The Interruption of Everything is vintage Terry McMillan and a triumphant testament to the fact that the detour is the path, and living life "by the numbers" never quite adds up.
"The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor," by Penny Junor, Thomas Dunne Books, non-fiction hard cover, 442 pp. $25.95
However you look at it, the royal family is a big business, though one with more ups and downs that the stock market. Prince Philip calls it "The Firm," and all the royal executives and their powerful associates are supposed to make every effort to avoid even a hint of scandal that could diminish the reputation of the family business.
Unfortunately for the royals for the past twenty years scandal and controversy have deluged the Queen's family, putting everything at risk. Focusing primarily on the years after the death of Diana and leading up to the heir to the throne's marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, royal insider Penny Junor offers a sympathetic yet utterly candid look at a family that has made itself the world's soap opera. Can "The Firm" survive much longer? Will Charles or even William decide that the throne is not worth the trouble? Can this, the ultimate family business, weather this storm of spiritual (though not fiscal) bankruptcy, or will momentum and cadre of brilliant advisers keep the enterprise in business for years to come?
Penny Junor knows the answers, revealing how the family really behaves behind closed doors in this sure-to-be controversial and terrifically readable book.
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