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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, March 22, 2023


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 — special this week — two book signings, one by a longtime St. Croix resident and one by a visiting children's author and illustrator.
Dockside Bookshop will be open Tuesdays until 7:30 p.m. through the month of April!
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesdays to 7:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Phone: 340-774-4937
E-mail: dockside@islands.vi
"Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart" by Alice Walker.
Random House, fiction hardcover, 240 pp. $24.95.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Color Purple," "Possessing the Secret of Joy," and "The Temple of My Familiar" now gives us a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey.
In "Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart," Alice Walker has created a work that ranks among her finest achievements: the story of a woman's spiritual adventure that becomes a passage through time, a quest for self, and a collision with love.
Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at 57, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future. As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love. Told with the accessible style and deep feeling that are its author's hallmarks, "Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart" is Alice Walker's most surprising achievement.
"A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa" by Howard W. French.
Alfred A. Knopf, nonfiction hardcover, 304 pp. $25.00.
Africa first captivated New York Times journalist Howard W. French more than 25 years ago, but his knowledge of and passion for the continent has the depth of a lifetime association. His experiences there awakened him as nothing before to the selfishness and shortsightedness of the rich, the suffering and dignity of the poor and the uses and abuses of power. And in this powerfully written, profoundly felt book, he gives us an unstinting account of the disastrous consequences of the fateful, centuries-old encounter between Africa and the West.
French delineates the betrayal and greed of the West — often aided and abetted by Africa's own leaders — that have given rise to the increasing exploitation of Africa's natural resources and its human beings. Coarse self-interest and outright greed once generated a need for the continent's rubber, cotton, gold and diamonds, not to mention slaves; now the attractions include offshore oil reserves and minerals like coltan, which powers cellular phones.
He takes us inside Nigeria, Liberia, Mali and the Congo, examining with unusual insight the legacy of colonization in the lives of contemporary Africans. He looks at the tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, the Ebola outbreak and the genocide that resulted in millions of deaths in Rwanda and the Congo. He makes clear the systematic failure of Western political leaders — the nurturers of tyrants such as Mobuto Sese Seko and Laurent Kabila, whose stories are told here in full detail — and the brutal excesses of the CIA.
Book Signings
Book Signing No. 1:

Nina York will be signing her book:
"Islands of Beauty and Bounty:
A Historical Profile of the Danish West Indies"
on Saturday, April 24, from
2 to 4 p.m.
Dockside Bookshop

Book Signing No. 2
Adjoa J. Burrowes, children's book author and illustrator of more than 15 books for children will visit St. Thomas and have a book signing at
Dockside Bookshop
on Monday, April 26, from
3 to 5 p.m.

We will gladly order any books you want. E-mail us at dockside@islands.vi, or call 340-774-4937.
Dockside Bookshop will be open Tuesdays until 7:30 p.m., through the month of April!

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesdays to 7:30 p.m.)
Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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