December 15, 2013

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Dec. 15)


Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “How to Tie a Scarf” by Potter Style

2. “Santa Is Coming to Kansas” by Robert Dunn

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

4. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer

5. “The Son” by Philipp Meyer

6. “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote

7. “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

8. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

9. “Goat Glands to Ranch Hands” by Orin Friesen

10. “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Oliver Jeffers

New and notable

“A Little History of Literature” by John Sutherland (Yale, $25) – Sutherland, a former English professor, provides a thorough introduction to literature – from Greek myths to graphic novels – for all readers, young and old alike.

“The Vatican: All the Paintings” by Anja Grebe (Black Dog & Leventhal, $75) – This compendium contains images and information on nearly 1,000 paintings, frescos, sculptures, tapestries and other artifacts housed in the Vatican.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion” by Fr. Gregory Boyle

2. “The Candymakers” by Wendy Mass

3. “The Roots of Christian Mysticism: Texts from the Patristic Era with Commentary” by Olivier Clement

4. “On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century,” edited by Diego Rosemberg

5. “The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux,” translated by John Beevers

6. “The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today’s World”

7. “The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World’s Future” by David Gushee

8. “The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor” by Jonathan Rogers

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

10. “Safari: A Photicular Book” by Dan Kainen

New and notable

“Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism” by Molly Worthen (Oxford University Press, $27.95) – University of North Carolina scholar Molly Worthen’s account of the evangelical imagination across the past 70 years is both sympathetic and critical. She captures the diversity of American evangelicals, their hopes and anxieties, and the nuances of their strategies for cultural influence.

“Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets” edited by Luke Hankins (Wipf & Stock, $27) – A collection of recent poems in the devotional mode, which the editor examines in detail in the introductory essay. The 77 poets collected here, from T.S. Eliot to Christian Wiman, demonstrate the ongoing vitality of poetry as a spiritual practice.

National best-sellers


1. “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy.Putnam ($29.95)

2. “Cross My Heart” by James Patterson.Little,Brown ($29)

3. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham. Doubleday ($28.95)

4. “The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connelly. Little, Brown ($29)

5. “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich. Bantam ($28)

6. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom. Harper ($24.99)

7. “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King. Scribner ($30)

8. “King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci. Grand Central ($28)

9. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. Little, Brown ($30)

10. “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks. Grand Central ($27)


1. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer. Crown Forum ($28)

2. “Killing Jesus” by O’Reilly/Dugard. Henry Holt ($28)

3. “Guinness World Records 2014” by . Guinness World Records ($28.95)

4. “George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade. Penguin/Sentinel ($27.95)

5. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown ($29)

6. “Miracles and Massacres” by Glenn Beck. S&S/Threshold ($27)

7. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond. William Morrow ($ 29.99)

8. “Si-Cology” by Si Robertson. Howard Books ($22.99)

9. “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Simon & Schuster ($40)

10. “Humans of New York” by Brandon Stanton. St. Martins ($29.99)

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