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Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (March 23)

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E.L. Doctorow's 'Andrew's Brain' is meta-fiction in need of interpretation

“Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow (Random House, 200 pages, $26)

‘Poetry of Derek Walcott’ showcases master’s legacy

“The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013” by Derek Walcott, selected by Glyn Maxwell (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 617 pages, $35)

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (March 16)

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A murder mystery that’s interested in more than whodunit

“Kinder Than Solitude” by Yiyun Li (Random House, $26)

‘Chance’ shows similarities to Chandler’s dark literary vision

“Chance” by Kem Nunn (Scribner, 322 pages, $26)

Chandler’s second career was the one that stuck

The biography of Raymond Chandler, progenitor of the hard-boiled detective story, reveals a well-educated and cosmopolitan man. He was born in Chicago in 1888. His parents’ marriage soon fractured, and his Anglo-Irish mother, Florence, moved to Ireland and then England with her son. Chandler attended Dulwich College in London and studied languages in Paris and Germany; in his 20s he returned to the United States. He survived trench warfare in World War I as part of a Canadian unit, then returned to California. There he met and married the artistic Cissy Pascal, his great love and 18 years his senior.

Benjamin Black, aka John Banville, captures the nuance of Raymond Chandler, the master of crime fiction

“The Black-eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel” by Benjamin Black (Henry Holt, 290 pages, $27)

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (March 9)

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‘Romance of Religion’ defends Christian faith

“The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” by Dwight Longenecker (Thomas Nelson, 214 pages, $15.99)

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (March 2)

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Nicholas Basbanes celebrates the ingenuity behind one of our most common products

“On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History” by Nicholas A. Basbanes (Alfred A. Knopf, 430 pages, $35)

Midwestern readers can fly right over this memoir

“Flyover Lives” by Diane Johnson (Viking, 263 pages, $26.95)

‘Lincoln’s Boys’ captures heady days during time of tragedy

“Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image” by Joshua Zeitz (Viking, 400 pages, $29.95)

‘Leopards’ author to read from, sign novel at Watermark Books

“Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.”

‘Art as Therapy’ says painting and sculpture can help us lead more fulfilled lives

“Art as Therapy” by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong (Phaidon Press Ltd., 239 pages, $39.95)

Definitive guide to Dante makes the poet accessible

“Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity” by Prue Shaw (Liveright, 352 pages, $28.95)

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Feb. 23)

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Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Feb. 16)

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‘Hild’ tells the tale of one of the Middle Ages’ pivotal figures

“Hild” by Nicola Griffith (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 546 pages, $27)

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