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 fiction.
"Is Bill Cosby Right?" by Michael Eric Dyson, Basic Civits Books, nonfiction hardcover, 288 pp. $23.00.
IN HIS MOST PROVOCATIVE BOOK TO DATE, "hip-hop intellectual" Michael Eric Dyson exposes the class and generational divide in black America through its most unexpected public critic: comedian and actor Bill Cosby.
Drawing on his deep knowledge of African-American history and politics, Dyson counters Cosby's now-infamous attack on the black poorfirst launched in April 2004 at an NAACP dinner celebrating the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Educationwith a dazzling defense of black parenting, education, and popular culture and a harrowing assessment of the societal barriers that still oppress so many families. Dyson not only challenges Cosby's most notorious statements but also explains how their wide acceptance reflects the growing rift between the elite "Afristocracy" and the struggling "Ghettocracy." It is time for the black middle class to abandon the politics of shame, argues Dyson, and instead embrace the gospel of collective responsibility put forth by visionary leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and W.E.B DuBois. The rage and vitriol of elders like Cosby will not bring about the prison reform, jobs, or public school funding that the most vulnerable among us so desperately need.
Displaying the critical prowess and commitment to social justice that have made him the nations's preeminent spokesman for the hip-hop generation, Dyson challenges all of usblack and whiteto join together to find real answers to America's enduring social problems.
"Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" by Mathew Stover, Random House, fiction hardcover, 418 pp. $25.95
After years of civil war, the Separatists have battered the already faltering Republic nearly to the point of collapse. On Coruscant, the Senate watches anxiously as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine aggressively strips away more and more constitutional liberties in the name of safeguarding the Republic. Yoda, Mace Windu, and their fellow Masters grapple with the Chancellor's disturbing move to assume control of the Jedi Council. And Anakin Skywalker, the prophesied Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force, is increasingly consumed by his fear that his secret love, Senator Padme Amidala, will die.
As the combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame: Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader, General Grievous; Palpatine, eager to secure even greater control, subtly influences public opinion to turn against the Jedi; and a conflicted Anakintormented by unspeakable visionsedges dangerously closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision. It remains only for Darth Sidious, whose shadow looms ever larger, to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader.
Based on the screenplay of the eagerly anticipated final film in George Lucas's epic saga, bestselling Star Wars author Matthew Stover's novel crackles with action, captures the iconic characters in all their complexity, and brings a space opera masterpiece full circle in stunning style.
1. "Gotham Diaries" by Tonya Lewis Lee $12.95
2. "Second Sunday" by Michele Andrea Bowen $13.95
3. "Tastes Like Chicken" by Lolita Files $13.00
4. "Wolves of Calla (Dark Tower Volume 5)" by Stephen King $7.99
5. "The Sunday Philosophy Club" by Alexander McCall Smith $7.99
6. "Little Scarlett" by Walter Mosley $7.50
7. "Entombed" by Linda Fairstein $4.99
8. "True Believer" by Nicholas Sparks $7.99
9. "The Puppet" by Joy Fielding $7.99
10. "Sharpe's Escape" by Bernard Cornwell $7.99
11. "Night Fall" by Nelson DeMille $7.99
12. "Whiteout" by Ken Follett $7.99
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