Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Aug. 18)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “Zealot” by Reza Aslan

2. “Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

3. “Defending Jacob” by William Landay

4. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

5. “Son” by Philipp Meyer

6. “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein

7. “In the Middle of America” by C.A. Seward & Friends

8. “Desolation Row” by Kay Kendall

9. “& Sons” by David Gilbert

10. “Sisterland” by Curtis Sittenfeld

New and notable

“The Distancers: An American Memoir” by Lee Sandlin (Vintage, $14.95) — A memoir that is both the author’s personal history — from 19th-century German immigrants to aunts and uncles he spent summers with — as well as a portrait of everyday, Midwestern life.

“Snow Hunters” by Paul Yoon (Simon & Schuster, $22) — This debut novel follows the journey of a young man who defects from North Korea at the end of the Korean War to seek a new life in Brazil.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Passing” by Nella Larsen

2. “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy

3. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien

4. “Go Down, Moses” by William Faulkner

5. “The Consolation of Philosophy” by Anicius Manlius Boethius

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

8. “The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God” by Robert Louis Wilken

9. “The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain” by Scott Cairns

10. “The World of Silence” by Max Picard

New and notable

“Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith” by Fred Bahnson (Simon & Schuster, $26) —Tells the story of how Bahnson and people of faith all over America are re-rooting themselves in the land, reconnecting with their food and each other, and praying with their very lives the prayer of the early Christian monks: We beg you, make us truly alive. Through his journeys to four different faith communities, Bahnson explores the connections between spiritual nourishment and the way we feed our bodies.

“The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine – Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary” by Jenny Uglow (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $28) — Heiress to an industrial fortune and friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge, Sarah Losh combined a zest for progress with a love of the past. In her design of the village church at Wreay, near Carlisle, her masterpiece, she let her imagination flower. The church is a dramatic rendering of the power of myth and the great natural cycles of life, death, and rebirth.

National best-sellers


1. “Mistress” by Patterson/Ellis

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

3. “Inferno” by Dan Brown

4. “Hotshot” by Julie Garwood

5. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

6. “First Sight” by Danielle Steel

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

8. “The English Girl” by Daniel Silva

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

10. “Second Honeymoon” by Patterson/Roughan


1. “Zealot” by Reza Aslan

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

3. “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg

4. “This Town” by Mark Leibovich

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

6. “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi

7. “Life Code” by Phil McGraw

8. “Lawrence in Arabia” by Scott Anderson

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

10. “These Few Precious Days” by Christopher Andersen