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At Dockside: A Serious Portrait of Bush Advisers

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 summer reading books assigned by Charlotte Amalie High School.
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
"My Fine Lady" by Yolanda Joe.
Dutton Books, fiction, 221 p. $23.95
Yolanda Joe has wowed thousands of fans with her lively storylines and savvy heroines. Now she introduces Imani, a rising star whose dreams and challenges will capture the hearts of thousands more.
Talented, ambitious, and just 22 years old, Imani is surrounded by men with advice about her singing career. Her father, who owns a struggling nightclub, sees Imani's future as a chance to fulfill his own failed dreams. Her boyfriend, Taz, is determined to become a mega-producer, with Imani's street rapping as his ticket to fame. But Professor Orenthal Hopson, who teaches in the music department of a historically black college, has his own designs on her: he struck a bet with a colleague requiring him to transform Imani from a hip-hop hopeful into a traditional jazz singer. Like a modern-day Eliza Doolittle, Imani finds herself caught up in a musical makeover that causes her to question who she really wants to become. As Professor Hopson begins to sweep her off her feet, she also has to decide whether to stand by Taz, the man she's cared about since childhood, or let herself fall for the dashing intellectual.
A delight on every page, My Fine Lady presents the dilemmas of romance, family, and career with Yolanda Joe's signature wit and flair.
"Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet" by James Mann.
Viking Books, nonfiction hardcover, 426 pp. $25.95.
In the tradition of "The Wise Men," the First group portrait of the inner circle of President George W. Bush's team — Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Richard Armitage, Condoleeza Rice, and Paul Wolfowitz. When George W. Bush campaigned for the White House, he was such a novice in foreign policy that he couldn't name the president of Pakistan. But he was advised by a group that called themselves the Vulcans — a group of men and one woman with long and shared experience in government, dating back to the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and first Bush administrations. After returning to power in 2001, the Vulcans were widely expected to restore U.S. foreign policy to what it had been in past Republican administrations. Instead, they put America on an entirely new course, adopting a far-reaching set of ideas and policies that changed the world and America's role in it.
In this revelatory and newsworthy volume, James Mann narrates the hidden story of these six history makers, their early careers and rise to power, the interactions and underlying tensions among them, their visions, and their roles in the current administration. Along the way, he offers a wealth of new information (about how Rumsfeld schemed in the Nixon White House, how Cheney toiled as Rumsfeld's doorkeeper, how Wolfowitz first warned of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East in the 1960s) to complete a remarkable look at George W. Bush's inner circle.

School-Assigned Summer Reading Books
Charlotte Amalie High School

9th grade: "The Girl Who Owned a City" by O.T., $4.99
10th grade: "Think Big" by Ben Carson, $5.99
11th grade: "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe, $9.95
and "Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane, $1.50
12th grade: "A Man of the People" by Chinua Achebe, $10.95
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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