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At Dockside: 'Hoot,' Hiaasen's First for Young People

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 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
"Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen. Knopf Books, young adult fiction, 304 p. $8.95
Unfortunately, Roy's first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: He was running away from the school bus, carried no books and here's the odd part — wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.
Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen's Florida.
The Newberry Honor-winning novel — a "New York Times" bestseller and the first children's book by the best-selling author of adult satire — is now in paperback.
"Inside a Thug's Heart" by Angela Ardis.
DafinaBooks, nonfiction hardcover, 241 pp. $21.00.
— Tupac Shakur continues to remain a pop culture icon and is still considered to be the greatest rapper ever.
— Tupac continues to sell both in music and in books — "The Rose That Grew from Concrete" is a national bestseller with more than 400,000 copies in print and his CD releases continue to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
— These letters have never-before been published and his fans will want more insight into not only his psyche but his time spent in prison.
"Puppetmaster: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover" by Richard Hack. New Millennium, biography, 448 pp. $27.50.
Publishers Weekly (Monday, April 12, 2004):
As in his smart biographies of Howard Hughes ("Hughes") and Ted Turner/ Rupert Murdoch ("Clash of the Titans"), Hack brings a novelist's flair for drama and a journalist's nose for truth to the life of another controversial figure. With unsourced renditions of Hoover's and others' internal monologues, Hack creates some transparency for the legendary FBI chief's tantalizingly opaque psyche. His most controversial conclusion about Hoover's private life is that, despite his weird intimacy with sidekick Clyde Tolson and his household collections of male nudes and Chinese ceramics, Hoover was not gay. Rather, he was dependent for sexual excitement on furtive perusal of smut from the FBI's Obscene Files and was enamored of certain Hollywood stars, named here.
Hack's account of Hoover's public life, meanwhile, zings. He covers Hoover's career from his initial exploits tracking down dissidents through his headline-grabbing pursuit of Depression-era outlaws to his postwar crusade against left-wing subversion, one increasingly out of step with the country during his Vietnam-era decline. Hack's balanced but quite critical treatment details the brilliant self-promotion, which made Hoover a national hero, as well as the paranoid anticommunism, the secret files on presidents and pinkos alike, the illegal surveillance and wiretaps and the racist antagonism to the civil rights movement that later made him a villain in many eyes.
Hack says too little about the FBI as an institution or its crime-fighting methods, treating it mainly as an extension of Hoover's personal and political agenda. But he does offer a live-wire biography of a determined, energetic, lonely and insecure man who comes off here as much a puppet as master, a consummate bureaucratic infighter all too pathetically aware of his vulnerability to shifts in political power.
Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

New Paperback Books

1. "Sam's Letters to Jennifer" by James Patterson, $16.00
2. "The Polished Hoe" by Austin Clarke, $13.95
3. "Blow Fly" by Patricial Cornwell, $7.99
4. "Lost Boy, Lost Girl" by Peter Straub, $7.99
5. "The Lady and the Unicorn" by Tracy Chevalier, $7.99
6. "Making Things Better" by Anita Brookner, $13.00
7. "Diary of a Groupie" by Omar Tyree, $13.00
8. "Floating" by Nicole Bailey-Williams, $10.95
9. "Dutch" by Teri Woods, Bernard James (the first of a trilogy), $14.95
10. "War of the Crowns" by Christian Jacq, $14.00
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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