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Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (June 1)

  • Published Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 12 a.m.

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “Sons of Wichita” by Daniel Schulman

2. “Clearmont, Life in a Small Town in the 1940s and Early 1950s” by J. C. Coombs

3. “Funny Once” by Antonya Nelson

4. “The Lonely Phone Booth” by Pete Ackerman

5. “Sparky” by Jenny Offill

6. “Bittersweet” by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

7. “One Nation” by Ben Carson

8. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

9. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss

10. “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book” by Daine Muldrow

New and notable

“I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes (Emily Bestler Books, $26.99) – A debut thriller reminiscent of John le Carre about the conflict between two geniuses: a tortured hero and a determined terrorist.

“Dark Aemilia” by Sally O’Reilly (Picador, $26) – The novelization of the relationship between William Shakespeare and Aemilia Bassano, England’s first female poet, and the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Room of Marvels: A Novel” by James Bryan Smith

2. “The Inner Voice of Love” by Henri Nouwen

3. “Transforming Christian Theology” by Philip Clayton

4. “With Open Hands” by Henri Nouwen

5. “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers,” translated by Benedicta Ward

6. “The Seven-Storey Mountain” by Thomas Merton

7. “St. Augustine’s Confessions,” translated by Henry Chadwick

8. “A Secular Age” by Charles Taylor

9. “Medieval Women’s Visionary Literature,” edited by Elizabeth Petroff

10. “Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction” by Rowan Williams

New and notable

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary” by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) – Tolkien’s translation was one of his earliest works, completed in 1926; he returned to it later to make corrections. It included a commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s.

“The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief” by George M. Marsden (Basic Books, $26.99) – Historian George M. Marsden explains how postwar Americans looked to the country’s secular, liberal elites for guidance in that precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course.

National best-sellers


1. “The One & Lonely” by Emily Giffin

2. “Unlucky 13” by Patterson/Paetro

3. “Field of Prey” by JohnSandford

4. “The Target” by David Baldacci

5. “The Lincoln Myth” by Steve Berry

6. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

7. “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles

8. “Sniper’s Honor” by Stephen Hunter

9. “The Collector” by Nora Roberts

10. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr


1. “One Nation” by Ben Carson

2. “Finding Me” by Michelle Knight

3. “Think Like a Freak” by Levitt/Dubner

4. “Instinct” by T.D. Jakes

5. “Good Call” by Jase Robertson

6. “Capital in the TwentyFirst Century” by Thomas Piketty

7. “The Closer” by Mariano Rivera

8. “Stress Test” by Timothy Geithner

9. “Brunette Ambition” by Lea Michele

10. “Everybody’s Got Something” by Robin Roberts

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