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.
"Cooks of the British Virgin Islands," by Jan Morash, Twin Lights Publishers, West Indian Cookbook 111 pp. $34.99
The British Virgin Islands are one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and we can now say that the food holds its own in any company. In a tiny place like this we are blessed to have an enormous variety of fine restaurants. You can find everything from a good cheap burger to French Haute Cuisine.
The recipes in this book are presented by the chefs and cooks themselves. In the American and European tradition recipes are written and precise. In the West Indian tradition they are oral and contain such instructions as season until it is right. Recipes and methods are passed down within the family, which often means that the same dish is very different from place to place. Enjoy the unique and authentic taste of the islands with "Cooks of the British Virgin Islands."
"How Did I Get Here? Finding Your Way to Renewed Hope and Happiness when Life and Love Take Unexpected Turns," by Barbara De Angelis, St. Martins Press, Self Help-Psychology, 336 pp. $24.95
All of us find ourselves, at one time or another facing the unexpected and asking "How did I get here?" Whether because of disappointments in love, crises in health, family or finances, professional dissatisfaction, or events beyond your control, life doesn't look like you expected or intended it to.
"How Did I Get Here?" is a groundbreaking inspirational handbook for anyone of any age going through change, challenge or reevaluation in any aspect of their lives. It is about finding your way to renewed hope and happiness from wherever you are. Renowned transformational teacher Barbara De Angelis masterfully guides you through an understanding of your own life lessons, and teaches you how to successfully use whatever you're going through as a springboard for regeneration and rebirth.
We live in turbulent times of profound change, and many of us find ourselves at emotional and spiritual crossroads. "How Did I Get Here?" offers illuminating teachings and practical, innovative techniques that free you to move forward into a life of renewed optimism, true contentment and courageous awakening. With her remarkable blend of timeless wisdom, practical techniques and down-to-earth advice, Barbara De Angelis helps you to:
*Recognize and understand the significant transitions, turning points, and wake-up calls on your
*Transform fear into courage, confusion and into vision, and self-doubt into confidence
*Turn what appear to be dead ends into doorways
*Reclaim your passion and purpose for living and loving
*Discover freedom, fulfillment and authenticity from the inside out
"The Last Days of Dogtown," by Anita Diamant, Scribner Book Company, Fiction Hard Cover, 288 pp. $25.00
A magnificent storyteller with vast imaginative range, Anita Diamant gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament in "The Red Tent." Now, in her third novel, she brings to vivid life an early New England world that history has forgotten.
Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, "The Last Days of Dogtown" is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches." Nearly a decade ago, Diamant found an account of an abandoned rural backwater near the Massachusetts coastline at the turn of the nineteenth century. That pamphlet inspired a stunning novel about a small group of eccentrics and misfits, struggling in a harsh, isolated landscape only fifty miles north of Boston, yet a world away.
Among the inhabitants of Dogtown are Black Ruth, an African woman who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her rural brothel; Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands of a very strange aunt; and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave whose race denies him everything. At the center of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who nonetheless builds a life for herself and inspires those around her to become more generous and tolerant themselves.
This is a story of hardship and resilience — and an extraordinary re-creation of an untold chapter of early American life. With a keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, Diamant has written her most moving and powerful novel.
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