Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Jan. 26)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki

2. “On Such a Full Sea” by Chang-rae Lee

3. “Duty” by Robert Gates

4. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

5. “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan

6. “My Year of Meats” by Ruth Ozeki

7. “Goat Glands to Ranch Rands” by Orin Friesen

8. “Bluebird” by Lindsey Yankey

9. “Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd

10. “Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs

New and notable

“Carthage” by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, $26.99) – Looking at issues of identity, violence and forgiveness, Oates’ newest is set in a small town in the Adirondacks, where an Iraq War veteran is accused of a murder.

“The Secret of Magic” by Deborah Johnson (Amy Einhorn Books, $26.95) – A young, black, northern lawyer heads to Mississippi in response to a letter from her favorite childhood author, to investigate the death of a World War II veteran.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination” by Vigen Guroian

2. “Rallying the Really Human Things: The Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life” by Vigen Guroian

3. “Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom” by Peter Leithart

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

5. “A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature” by Benjamin Wiker

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

7. “A Spiritual Psalter: Selections from St. Ephraim the Syrian” edited by St. Theophan the Recluse

8. “Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia: New Martyr of the Communist Yoke” by Lubov Millar

9. “Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose” by Flannery O’Connor

10. “Shining Glory: Theological Reflections on Terrence Malicks Tree of Life” by Peter Leithart

New and notable

“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker (Harper Perennial, $15.99) – A debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures – a golem, a creature made of clay and magically brought to life, and a jinni, a being of fire—who mysteriously appear in 1899 New York.

“The Life of Saint Symeon the New Theologian” by Niketas Stethatos, translated by Richard Greenfield (Dumbarton Oaks, $29.95) – The life of the 10th century Byzantine mystic, writer and monastic leader Symeon the New Theologian by his disciple Niketas Stethatos appears for the first time in English.

National best-sellers


1. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd

2. “FirstLove” by Patterson/Raymond

3. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

4. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham

5. “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom

6. “Fear Nothing” by Lisa Gardner

7. “Standup Guy” by Stuart Woods

8. “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy

9. “Cross My Heart’ by James Patterson

10. “The Dead in Their Vaulted Arch” by Alan Bradley


1. “Duty” by Robert M. Gates

2. “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer

3. “Super Shred” by Ian K. Smith

4. “Killing Jesus” by O’Reilly/Dugard

5. “The Pound a Day Diet” by Rocco Dispirito

6. “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren

7. “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz

8. “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

9. “Jim Cramer’s Get Rich Carefully” by James J. Cramer

10. “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter