November 10, 2013

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Nov. 10)


Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “Willard Garvey: An Epic Life” by Maura McEnaney

2. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays” by Ree Drummond

3. “Fast Times in Palestine” by Pamela Olson

4. “Dear Life” by Alice Munro

5. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer

6. “Illumination” by Kevin Brockmeier

7. “A Fine Romance” by Susan Branch

8. “S.” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

9. “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai

10. “Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh1. xx

New and notable

“The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, $40) – A history of the early 1900s as told through the friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, as well as through the “muckraking press,” including Kansas’s own William Allen White.

“The Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan (Ecco, $29.99) – Set in Shanghai in the early 1900s, Amy Tan’s newest novel is an exploration of the mother-daughter dynamic, as well as the immigrant experience.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Timely . . .Timeless: 25 Years at Eighth Day Books” edited by Victoria Foth Sherry

2. “Clinging: The Experience of Prayer” by Emilie Griffin

3. “What We Really Do: The Tallis Scholars” by Peter Phillips

4. “The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories” edited by Robert Strassler

5. “The World of Silence” by Max Picard

6. “John Cassian: The Institutes: On the Training of a Monk and the Eight Deadly Sins” translated by Boniface Ramsey

7. “Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language” by Sister Miriam Joseph

8. “The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God” by Dallas Willard

9. “Yes, And . . . Daily Meditations” by Richard Rohr

10. “Land Without Sin: A Novel” by Paula Huston

New and notable

“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel” by Robin Sloan (Picador, $15) –The recent recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco webdesign drone into a new job working the night shift at Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore After just a few days on the job Clay finds that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

“Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Chrstianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense” by Francis Spufford (HarperOne, $25.99) – A pugnacious defense of Christianity, taking on critics such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and others. A former atheist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Spufford argues that Christianity draws on the deep and deeply ordinary vocabulary of human feeling, satisfying those who believe in it by offering a ruthlessly realistic account of the grown-up dignity of Christian experience.

National best-sellers


1. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham

2. “Winners” by Danielle Steel

3. “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King

4. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

5. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

6. “Accused” by Lisa Scottoline

7. “We Are Water” by Wally Lamb

8. “Fifteen Minutes” by Karen Kingsbury

9. “Gone” by Patterson/Ledwidge

10. “Identical” by Scott Turow


1. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond

2. “Killing Jesus” by O'Reilly/Dugard

3. “After Dead” by Charlaine Harris

4. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

5. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer

6. “Guinness World Records 2014”

7. “The Death of Santini” by Pat Conroy

8. “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai

9. “Si-Cology.1” by Si Robertson

10. “Stitches” by Anne Lamott

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