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At Dockside: Diplomat Joseph Wilson's Memoirs

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 "Educational Books for Summer Activities."
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
"The Narrows" by Michael Connelly. Little Brown, fiction, 416 p. $25.95
There's a gravitas to the mystery/ thrillers of Michael Connelly, a bedrock commitment to the value of human life and the need for law enforcement pros to defend that value, that sets his work apart and above that of many of his contemporaries. That gravitas is in full force in Connelly's newest, and as nearly always in the work of this talented writer, it supports a dynamite plot, fully flowered characters and a meticulous attention to the details of investigative procedure.There are also some nifty hooks to this new Connelly: it features his most popular series character, retired L.A. homicide cop Harry Bosch, but it's also a sequel to his first stand-alone, "The Poet" (1996), and is only his second novel (along with "The Poet") to be written in both first and third person. The first-person sections are narrated by Bosch, who agrees as a favor to the widow to investigate the death of Bosch's erstwhile colleague and friend Terry McCaleb (of "Blood Work" and "A Darkness More Than Night"). Bosch's digging brings him into contact with Rachel Walling, the FBI agent heroine of "The Poet", and the third-person narrative concerns mostly her. Though generally presumed dead, the Poet — the serial killer who was a highly placed Fed and Walling's mentor — is alive and killing anew, with, we soon learn, McCaleb among his victims and his sights now set on Walling. The story shuttles between Bosch's California and the Nevada desert, where the Poet has buried his victims to lure Walling. The suspense is steady throughout but, until a breathtaking climactic chase, arises more from Bosch and Walling's patient and inspired following of clues and dealing with bureaucratic obstacles than from slash-and-dash: an unusually intelligent approach to generating thrills. Connelly is a master and this novel is yet another of his masterpieces.
from Publishers Weekly Monday, April 12, 2004) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
"The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoirs" by Joseph Wilson. Carroll & Graf Publishers, nonfiction hardcover, 528 pp. $26.00.
Through the last three presidential administrations and two wars with Iraq, no one has personally witnessed, influenced, or fueled news over more history-making events than Joseph Wilson. The last American diplomat to sit face-to-face with Saddam Hussein, he is a consummate insider who has the intelligence, principles, and independence to examine current American foreign policy and the inner workings of government and to form a candid assessment of the United States' involvement in the world. In February 2002, Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger by the CIA to investigate claims that Iraq had sought to purchase uranium in that country. Wilson's report, and two from other American officials, conclusively negated such rumors, yet all were brushed aside by the White House. Startled by the infamous words uttered by George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union Address: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa," Wilson decided to reveal the truth behind the initiation of the Iraq war. "The Politics of Truth" is an explosive and revelatory book by a man who stands for the accurate recording of history against those forces bent on fabricating truth.

Educational Books for Summer Activities

1. "Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks (ranging from Kindergarten to Middle School"
2. "Random House Student Notebook Thesaurus & Spanish Dictionary"
3. "Webster's Notebook Dictionary & Thesaurus"
4. "The Complete Book of Handwriting for Kindergarten to 3rd Grade"
5. "Science Project Workbook" (for 3rd to 6th grade) by Janice Van Cleave
6. "Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills Workbooks" (ranging from preschool to 6th grade)
7. Children's Dictionaries (ranging from Kindergarten up to 3rd grade)
8. "Spanish in 10 Minutes A Day", $17.95
9. "Spectrum Workbook Series" (ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, for phonics, math, writing, reading and more …)
10. "Caribbean Certificate Atlas" 3rd edition, $20.99
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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