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.
"High Plains Tango," by Robert James Waller, Shaye Areheart Books, fiction hard cover, 281 pp. $24.95
With over 10 million copies sold, bestselling author Robert James Waller returns with the haunting, evocative story of a small town, a beautiful and mysterious woman, and the man forever changed by both.
The wild places are where no one is looking anymore. Out there on the high plains, among the Sioux reservations and the silent buttes, among the small towns dying and the people with them, you can hear the wind. And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordion–tangos–mingling with the lonely thump of a single drum in the nighttime and a far-off warrior's cry. On the back of the wind is the smell of worn saddle leather and sawdust, of sandalwood, and smoke from ancient ceremonial fires. To this, to a town called Salamander, comes Carlisle McMillan, a traveler and master carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress. Near Wolf Butte, a strange and apparently haunted monolith, he finds his quiet, or so he believes, and begins rebuilding a decrepit house as a tribute to the gruff old man who taught him a carpenter's skills, rebuilding his life at the same time.
He finds two very different, independent women: Gally Deveraux, who works at a diner in Salamander and longs for something more than she is, and Susanna Benteen, beautiful and enigmatic, who was drawn to Salamander for mysterious reasons of her own, a woman the town has labeled a witch. The women and his carpenter's trade and an old Indian known as Flute Player bring Carlisle a sense of contentment for a while. But his quiet is shattered as bulldozer treads begin to turn and the Yerkes County War commences. Run or stand your ground, that is Carlisle's dilemma, Gally on one side, Susannaon the other.
Robert James Waller's fully imagined characters become people we know and care for deeply.
"High Plains Tango" is the hauntingly lyrical story of a small town in the middle of nowhere, a town that forever changed–and was forever changed by–one man.
"Boss Lady," by Omar Tyree, Simon & Schuster, fiction hard cover, 336 pp., $21.95
When we first met Tracy Ellison in Omar Tyree's breakthrough novel "Flyy Girl," she was still a fun-loving 'round-the-way girl coming up on the streets of Philly. Stardom beckoned for Tracy in "For the Love of Money," which chronicled her struggles with the pressures of power and celebrity. Now, Tyree checks in on everybody's favorite flyy girl and finds her a little bit older, a whole lot wiser, and just as sassy as ever. Tracy takes on the dazzling world of Hollywood's A-list players to film a project close to her heart in Omar Tyree's latest and most entertaining novel to date — "Boss Lady."
Told from the point of view of Tracy's cousin and personal assistant, Vanessa, "Boss Lady" chronicles the trials and tribulations of adapting the story of Tracy Ellison's life. In this novel, "Flyy Girl" is becoming a major motion picture and Tracy is prepared to do anything and everything to tell her story and to make sure it's done right. Stepping in and taking charge of it all, from screenwriting and directing to executive producing and designing, Tracy quickly finds herself more than a little overextended. In the meantime, she's also juggling the highs and lows of her famously turbulent love life. Is it better to remain single and committed to her career? Or is she ready to take the plunge and embrace the married-with-children life?
"The Pirates Laffite," by William C. Davis, Harcourt, fiction hard cover, 706 pp. $28.00
Jean and Pierre Laffite's lives were intertwined with the most colorful period in New Orleans' history, the era from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812. Labeled as corsairs and buccaneers for methods that bordered on piracy, the brothers ran a privateering cooperative that provided contraband goods to a hungry market and made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf. Later they became important members of a syndicate in New Orleans that included lawyers, bankers, merchants, and corrupt U.S. officials. But this allegiance didn't stop them from becoming paid Spanish spies, handing over information about the syndicate's plans and selling out their own associates.
In 1820 the Laffites disappeared into the fog of history from which they had emerged, but not before becoming folk heroes in French Louisiana and making their names synonymous with piracy and intrigue on the Gulf.
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