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Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Aug. 25)

  • Published Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 7:55 a.m.

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Best-sellers

Watermark Bestsellers

1. “Bunker Hill” by Nathanial Philbrick

2. “Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

3. “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter

4. “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty

5. “This Town” by Mark Leibovich

6. “The Little Paris Kitchen” by Rachel Khoo

7. “Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet” by Tom Angleberger

8. “Zealot” by Reza Aslan

9. “After This” by Alice McDermott

10. “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro

New and notable

“The Girl You Left Behind” by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books, $27.95) — Through a World War I commandant who lusts after a portrait of a woman, to the modern-day woman whose now-deceased husband gave her that same painting on their honeymoon, Jojo Moyes explores the meaning of possession, love and sacrifice. Moyes will be at Watermark Books at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.

“The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride (Riverhead Books, $27.95) — From the author of the classic “The Color of Water” comes a story about John Brown’s anti-slavery crusade. Beginning in the Kansas Territory in 1852 and culminating with the raid in Harper’s Ferry, the novel explores one of the most colorful characters in American history.

Eighth Day Books

Best-sellers

1. “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel

2. “Suffering and the Nature of Healing” by Daniel Hinshaw

3. “The Theology of Illness” by Claude Larchet

4. “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection” translated by Benedicta Ward

5. “The Divine Sense: The Intellect in Patristic Theology” by A.N. Williams

6. “Draw Me Into Your Friendship: A Literal Translation and a Contemporary Reading of The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola” by David Fleming, S.J.

7. “The Trinity: In the Beginning There Was Love” by Dumitru Staniloae

8. “The Early Church” by Henry Chadwick

9. “The Shallows: What the Intellect Is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr

10. “The Wisdom of the Desert” by Thomas Merton

New and notable

“Shaken in the Water: A Novel” by Jessica Penner (Foxhead Books, $24) — 1903: A Mennonite woman gives birth to a daughter named Agnes. The child bears a birthmark known in Low German as Tieja Kjoaw, the Tiger’s Scar. The mark portends greatness or tragedy. Agnes becomes the matriarch of a family struggling for greatness, a struggle manifesting itself in behavior at times magical, sometimes bizarre.

“A Spicing of Birds: Poems by Emily Dickinson” selected and introduced by Jo Miles Schuman (Wesleyan University Press, $25) — A unique and beautifully illustrated anthology, pairing poems from one of America’s most revered poets with evocative classic ornithological art. Emily Dickinson had a great love of birds in her collected poems, birds are mentioned 222 times, sometimes as the core inspiration of the poem.

National best-sellers

Fiction

1. “Mistress” by Patterson/Ellis

2. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

3. “Rose Harbor in Bloom” by Debbie Macomber

4. “Inferno” by Dan Brown

5. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

6. “First Sight” by Danielle Steel

7. “Hotshot” by Julie Garwood

8. “The English Girl” by Daniel Silva

9. “The Last Witness” by W.E.B. Griffin

10. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

Nonfiction

1. “The Liberty Amendments” by Mark R. Levin

2. “Zealot” by Reza Aslan

3. “Happy, Happy, Happy” by Phil Robertson

4. “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg

5. “The Duck Commander Family” by Willie and Korie Robertson

6. “This Town” by Mark Leibovich

7. “Lawrence in Arabia” by Scott Anderson

8. “Life Code” by Phil McGraw

9. “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris

10. “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi

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