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Dockside Bookshop Has a New Book About Audre Lorde's Life

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 Juvenile / Young Adult Books."
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Phone: 340-774-4937
E-mail: dockside@islands.vi
Warrior Poet" by Alexis De Veaux.
Norton, biography, 512 pp. $29.95
During her lifetime, Audre Lorde (1934-1992) created a mythic identity for herself that retains its vitality to this day. Alexis De Veaux demystifies Lorde's iconic status, charting her childhood in Harlem in the conservative household of Caribbean-immigrant parents; her early marriage to a white, gay man with whom she had two children; her emergence as an outspoken, black, feminist, lesbian poet of American literature. Lorde's restless search for a spiritual home finally brought her to the island of St. Croix in 1986, where she died after a decade-long battle with breast cancer.
Drawing on the private archives of the poet's estate, personal journals, and interviews with members of Lorde's family, friends, and lovers, De Veaux assesses the cultural legacy of a woman who personified the defining civil rights struggles of the 20th century. Lorde has become a symbol of literary success in American culture, not only for black women but also for African American artists, first-generation immigrants, feminists and lesbians, and cancer survivors. This biography is remarkable not just for being the first of its kind but also as an inspirational story of a courageous and truly free thinker, who made her voice heard despite the overwhelming majority and who left an indelible mark on American society. De Veaux pays homage to this warrior poet by detailing her strengths and her frailties, the humanity behind the icon.

"On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of 'Straight' Black Men Who Sleep With Men" by J. L. King.
Broadway Books, nonfiction hardcover, 208 pp. $21.95.
Delivering the first frank and thorough investigation of life "on the down low" (the DL), J. L. King exposes a closeted culture of sex between black men who lead "straight" lives. King explores his own past as a DL man, and the path that led him to let go of the lies and bring forth a message that can promote emotional healing and open discussions about relationships, sex, sexuality, and health in the black community. Providing a long-overdue wake-up call, J. L. King bravely puts the spotlight on a topic that has until now remained dangerously taboo. Drawn from hundreds of interviews, statistics, and the author's firsthand knowledge of DL behavior, "On the Down Low" reveals the warning signs African American women need to know. King also discusses the health consequences of having unprotected sex, as African American women represent an alarming 64 percent of new HIV infections. Volatile yet vital, "On the Down Low" is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

New Juvenile/Young Adult Books

1. "Hoot" by Carl Hiassen, $8.95
2. "The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer, $7.99
3. "Princess in Pink" by Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries, vol. 5), $15.99
4. "The Supernaturalist" by Eoin Colfer, $16.95
5. "The Prophecy of the Stones" by Flavia Bujor, $16.95
6. "Kingdom of the Golden Dragon" by Isabel Allende, $19.99
7. "Some Friend" by Marie Brady, $15.95
8. "The Giving Tree. 40th Anniversary Edition with CD" by Shel Silverstein, $17.95
9. "Angel & All Children" by Walter Wangerin Jr., $18.99
10. "Thomas the Tank Engine Collection" by Rev. W. Awdry, $19.99
We will gladly order any books you want. E-mail us at dockside@islands.vi, or call 340-774-4937.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Phone: 340-774-4937
E-mail: dockside@islands.vi

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