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At Dockside: Week's Picks, Christmas Boxed Gift Sets

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, 15 boxed sets to consider for your Christmas-giving list.
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
"Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words" by Nelson Mandela.
Little, Brown, nonfiction hardcover, 688 p. $28.95

"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires."
–Nelson Mandela, September 1953

Few individuals have had such a profound impact on humankind as Nelson Mandela. In spreading the message of freedom, equality, and human dignity, Mandela has helped transform not only his own nation, but the entire world.
Now, for the first time, his most eloquent and important speeches are collected in a single volume. From the eve of his imprisonment to his release 27 years later, from his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize to his election as South Africa's first black president, these speeches span some of the most pivotal moments of Mandela's life and of his country's history.
Arranged thematically and accompanied by glowing tributes from leading world figures, including former President Bill Clinton and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Mandela's addresses memorably illustrate his lasting commitment to freedom and reconciliation, democracy and development, culture and diversity and international peace and well-being.
The extraordinary power of this volume is in the moving words and intimate tone of Mandela himself, a living legend and one of the most articulate, courageous, and respected men of our time. "In His Own Words" is a vital part of his legacy.
"The Stupidist Angel" by Christopher Moore. Harper Collins, fiction, 288 pp. $14.95.
Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.
'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, Calif., people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit. It is the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, after all.
But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.
But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.
Only Christopher Moore, the man who brought you the outrageous lost gospel "Lamb" and the hysterical fish tale "Fluke" could have devised a new holiday classic that tugs at the heartstrings and serves up a healthy slice of fruitcake to boot.
Move over, Charles Dickens — it's Christopher Moore time.
Gift Book Collections for Christmas

1. The Beautiful Cake Baking & Decorating Book Box containing two fabulous volumes with techniques, tips and more than 600 recipes, $24.99.
2. Art History containing two hardbound volumes detailing the history of art, $95.00.
3. Merriam-Webster's Everyday Language Reference Set is a three-volume paperback set containing Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder, Thesaurus and Dictionary, $17.50.
4. The Alexandria Quartet is a four-novel boxed set by Lawrence Durrell that follows the shifting alliances – sexual, cultural, and political – of characters and touches on the inscrutable heart of human nature, $51.80.
5. The Little House Books is the complete nine-book collection of classic American pioneer adventure, $62.91.
6. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the boxed set containing the first three novels by Alexander McCall Smith, $35.85.
7. The Josephine Bonaparte Collection is the boxed collection of a historical series by Sandra Gulland, $35.00.
8. The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels with the Unfinished Twenty-First Novel all contained within five hardbound novels by Patrick O'Brian, $150.00.
9. The Wind on Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson is a series that will garner the interest of teens and fantasy lovers, $30.00.
10. Nancy Drew Starter Set contains the first five volumes in hard cover, $19.98.
11. Hardy Boys Starter Set contains the first five volumes in hard cover, $19.98.
12. Harry Potter Box Set contains five volumes of J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, $40.95.
13. The Lord of the Rings 50th Anniversary Edition contains the three volumes in one deluxe leather binding with two-color foil stamping, gilded edges, ribbon bookmark, and two foldout two-color maps, $100.00.
14. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia on CD UNABRIDGED, containing 31 CDs, $75.00.
15. DragonLance Chronicles Boxed Set by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman; this set is for young adults with an interest in dragons, magic and fantasy, $35.99.
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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