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.
Ophelia A. Powell Torres will
be signing her book:
"Caribbean Poetry, Folktales,
and Short Stories"
on Saturday, August 20
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ophelia A. Powell Torres is a
Registered Nurse & Assistant
Professor of Nursing at the
University of the Virgin
Islands, St. Thomas campus.
Book Signing #2
Hope C. Clarke will
be signing her books:
Not With My Son
Vengeance Is Mine
Carrying Mamas Baggage
on Tuesday, August 23
11 am to 2 pm
Ms. Clarke is on a Caribbean cruise and looks forward to meeting
some of her St. Thomian readers.
"Captain Alitriste," by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Putnam Publishing Group, fiction hard cover, 272 pp. $23.95.
It is the height of Spains celebrated golden century-but beyond the walls of the Royal Palace there is little on the streets of Madrid that glitters. The Invincible Armada has been defeated. The shadow of the Inquisition looms large. And the Thirty Years War rages on in Flanders. When a courageous soldier of this war, Captain Diego Alatriste, is forced to retire after being wounded in battle, he returns home to live the comparatively tame-though hardly quiet-life of a swordsman-for hire. In this dangerous city where a thrust of steel settles all mattes, there is no stronger blade than Alatristes.
The captain is approached with an offer of work that involves giving a scare to some strangers soon to arrive in Madrid. But on the night of the attack, it becomes clear that these arent ordinary travelers-and that someone is out for their blood. What happens next is the first in a series of riveting twists, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe.
A literary adventure in the tradition of the elder Alexandre Dumas, Captain Alatriste is one of the most stylish, singular pleasures to come along in years-an endlessly entertaining tale that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life.
"The Undomestic Goddess," by Sophie Kinsella, Dial Press, fiction hard cover, 374 pp. $23.00
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she's mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they've hired a lawyer-and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can't sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope-and finds love-is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?
"From Pieces to Weight," by 50 Cent, MTV Books, autobiography-performing arts, 223 pp. $23.00
That's what this book is about–the good times and the bad times. I wrote this book to explain the world I come from. To a lot of people, I may be too young to reflect on life. And they may be right. But I'd be wasting my blessings if I didn't use the attention I'm getting to shed light on the experiences that have caused me to say the things I say and make the kind of music I make. I want to explain my environment to those who don't come any closer to it than the records they buy or the images they see on television. People want the truth. Even if they can't handle it, they want it. I let you know that I survived nine bullets not to sell records, but because it's the truth. Every time I sit down for an interview, I'm asked, "Well, 50, how did it feel to get shot nine times?" But those stories don't hold the weight, the pain, or the hope of my experience. It just can't. This is my mindset and these are the things that go on. This is why I say the rhymes that I say. This is what happened when I was trying to get rich before I died in Southside Queens.
So begins "From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens," a violent and introspective memoir that reveals not only 50's story but the story of a generation of youth faced with hard choices and very little options. A tale of sacrifice, transformation and redemption, but it is also one of hope, determination and the power of self. Told in 50's own unique voice, the narrative drips with the raw insight, street wisdom, and his struggle to survive at all costs…and behold the riches of the American Dream.
50 Cent has sold over 20 million records worldwide. His record-breaking debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" has sold over 12 million units worldwide, with the largest debut in SoundScan history. While his sophomore effort, "The Massacre," sold over 1.14 million copies in its first four days of release, he has since become the first artist to have four songs in the top ten of Billboard's Hot 100 since The Beatles in 1964.
His business empire includes: a record label (G-Unit Records, a division of Interscope Records), apparel/footwear ventures (G-Unit Clothing and footwear, joint ventures through the Ecko Clothing Company and Reebok, respectively), vitamin water (Formula 50, through Glaceau's Vitamin Water), watch line (G-Unit Watches, through Jacob & Co), and a video game (50 Cent: Bulletproof, through Vivendi Games). His future plans are to dominate the film and television worlds through two new G-Unit ventures in film and television…and his most prized project: the nonprofit organization The G-Unity Foundation, which aims to better the life of urban youth.
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