Showcase — St. Thomas
“Please Look After Mom” by Kyung-Sook Shin
Here is where you will find what’s new at St. Thomas’s well-known Dockside Bookshop at Havensight Mall. Every week you will find new titles to peruse. Look for updates of our “picks” for fiction and non-fiction.
“The Complete Bookshop”
Mon., Wed., Thurs, Sat. – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Fri. – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The St. Croix Ark” by JP Noel, Noel, West Indian History, $91.95
Does St. Croix Island hold the key to a mysterious missing holy relic? St. Croix’s seemingly innocent past has roots reaching back to pre-first Crusades Jerusalem (next to King Solomon’s Temple, to be exact). What’s the connection? Could this lost link lead to the greatest discovery of our time?
“Started Early, Took My Dog” by Kate Atkinson, fiction hardcover, pp. 384, $24.99
It’s a day like any other for Tracy Waterhouse, working security at the local shopping center to supplement her pension form the police force. Then she makes a purchase she hadn’t bargained on. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy’s humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger and the first sparks of love.
Witness to Tracy’s Faustian exchange are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie, the reluctant detective whose own life has been stolen and who has now been hired to find someone else’s. Variously accompanied, pursued, or haunted by neglected dogs, unwanted children and keepers of dark secrets, soon all three will learn that the past is never history—and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Brimming with wit, wisdom, and a fierce moral intelligence, “Started Early, Took My Dog” confirms Kate Atkinson’s status as one of the most original and entertaining writers of our time.
“Those in Peril” by Wilbur Smith,Thomas Dunne Books, fiction hardcover, pp. 385, $27.99
Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her 19-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20 billion dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.
With growing evidence of the horrific torture to which Cayla is being subjected, Hazel calls on Hector Cross to help her rescue her daughter. Hector is the man behind Cross Bow Security, the company contracted to Bannock Oil Corporation to provide all their protection. He is a formidable fighting man. Between them, Hazel and Hector are determined to take the law into their own hands.
For nearly 50 years, internationally bestselling author Wilbur Smith has thrilled readers with novels set during the Egyptian era all the way up through the present day. Now, “Those in Peril”brings his matchless storytelling to bear on the violent, ruthless world of 21 Century piracy.
“Born of Shadows” by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Grand Central Publishing, romance, pp. 418, $21.99
In a world where the league and its assassins rule, where betrayal and treachery are everywhere…the only survivors are those who are…”Born of Shadows.”
For Caillen Dagan, a defiant soldier of fortune, survival isn’t a right; it’s a brutal daily battle. Moving through the Iechidian universe like a wraith, his brushes with the law and death are legendary. But when an act of rare heroism reveals his hidden birthright, he’s forced into a world much more dangerous and cold-hearted than the bloody streets where he was raised—one of obscene wealth and lethal politics.
Ferocious and determined Desideria serves as an official bodyguard for her queen. Born of questionable genetics -- she will do anything to prove herself worthy of the weapons she carries and the position she’s won by combat. But when she uncovers a ruthless plot to assassinate the queen and overthrow her country’s government -- Desideria is caught in the crosshairs.
With assassination contracts out on both of them, Caillen and Desideria must learn to fight together or die alone. And if they fail, their governments will fall into the hands of an unimaginable evil.
“The Land of Painted Caves” by Jean M. Auel, Random House, fiction hardcover, pp. 757, $30
In “The Land of Painted Caves,” Jean M. Auel brings the ice-age epic Earth’s children series to an extraordinary conclusion. Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight and, above all, courage.
As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar and their infant daughter Jonayla are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave—a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader. It was daunting, often perilous work that sometimes takes her away from her family. Ayla, Jondalar and Jonayla are welcomed by the Zelandonii, but problems arise. They are faced with new challenges, not just the ordinary trials of sheer survival but the complications posed by many groups of people who need to live and work together. The wisdom that Ayla gained from her struggles as an orphaned child, alone in a hostile environment, strengthens her as she movies closer to leadership of the Zelandonia.
Ayla and Jondalar’s first priority is the care of their golden-haired child, Jonayla, and the well-being of their amazing animals, Wolf, Whinney, Racer and Gray. The two participate in hunts to provide food, in travels to summer meetings for decision making, and in social activities. Whatever the obstacles, Ayla’s inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life: searching for wild edibles to make delicious meals, experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandoni must take, honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla’s mentor—the Donier, the First of the Zelandonia—takes her to see. These caves are filled with remarkable art—paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison and bear. The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla.
“Please Look After Mom” by Kyung-Sook Shin, Random House, fiction hardcover, pp. 256, $30
A million-plus–copy best seller in Korea, a magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensation —this is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family’s search for their mother, who goes missing one afternoon amid the crowds of the Seoul Station subway. Told through the piercing voices and urgent perspectives of a daughter, son, husband and mother, “Please Look After Mom” is at once an authentic picture contemporary life in Korea and a universal story of family love. You will never think of your mother the same way again after you read this book.
Room by Emma Donoghue……………………Fiction……$7.99
Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy……………Fiction……$7.99
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende…… Fiction……$7.99
Star Island by Carl Hiaasen………………… Mystery……$7.99
The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot……Non-Fiction……$7.99
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett…………………Fiction……$8.99
The Financial Crisis Inquiry
Report by National Crisis Inquiry Commission…..…Non-Fiction……$14.99
Born To Run by Christopher McDougall………Sports……$15.95
The Sixth Man by David Baldacci……………Fiction……$16.00
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne…History……$16.00
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett…Science Fiction/Fantasy……$17.99
The Dressmaker of
Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon…Biography……$17.00
44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel…Fiction……$19.00
WE HAVE A NEW AND EXPANDED SALE SECTION FILLED WITH EXCITING BOOKS FOR ALL AGES INCLUDING: CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS, EXERCISE, BUSINESS, HISTORY, NONFICTION, LITERATURE, FICTION AND LOTS MORE