Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (May 24)

Watermark Books & Cafe


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

2. “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty

3. “Crow Fair” by Thomas McGuane

4. “Hold Still” by Sally Mann

5. “Witchita Stories” by Troy James Weaver

6. “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

7. “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

8. “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough

9. “Sun and Moon” by Lindsey Yankey

10. “The Yard” by Alex Grecian

New and notable

“The Harvest Man” by Alex Grecian (Putnam, $26.95) – The latest in the Kansas author’s Scotland Yard mystery series has the main character grappling with not only the resurgence of Jack the Ripper, but a second killer that is terrorizing London. Grecian will be at Watermark at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“The Jesus Cow” by Michael Perry (Harper, $25.99) – The best-selling author of “Visiting Tom” and “Population: 485” makes his fiction debut with this humorous novel. A farmer’s cow is born with the image of Jesus Christ on its side, and so the farmer is forced to deal with fame, fortune and finding romance in a small Wisconsin town.

Eighth Day Books


1. “How Dante Can Save Your Life” by Rod Dreher

2. “Wearing God: An Essay in Enriching Our Spiritual Imagination” by Lauren Winner

3. “Dare We Hope ‘That All Men Be Saved’?” by Hans Urs von Balthasar

4. “Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism” by James Burnham

5 “Getting Involved With God: Rediscovering the Old Testament” by Ellen F. Davis

6. “Countablock” by Christopher Franceschelli

7. “You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto” by Jaron Lanier

8. “Mortal Beauty, God’s Grace: Major Poems and Spiritual Writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins” edited by John Thornton and Susan Varenne

9. “The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey” by Louise Borden

10. “The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth” by David Bentley Hart

New and notable

“Bergoglio’s List: How a Young Francis Defied a Dictatorship and Saved Dozens of Lives” by Nello Scavo (St. Benedict Press, $16.95) – Much has been made about the mysteries of Francis’ actions during Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Did he fail to act against human rights violations out of fear or weakness? An Italian journalist uncovers how Bergoglio built an elaborate network of clandestine passageways and secret hideouts in an effort to save what has been estimated at more than 100 people from torture, imprisonment and death.

“A Solemn Pleasure: To Imagine, Witness, and Write (Art of the Essay)” by Melissa Pritchard (Bellevue Literary Press, $16.95) – In an essay titled “Spirit and Vision” Melissa Pritchard poses the question: “Why write?” Her answer reverberates throughout “A Solemn Pleasure,” presenting an undeniable case for both the power of language and the nurturing constancy of the writing life.

National best-sellers


1. “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson

2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

3. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

4. “Memory Man” by David Balducci

5. “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford

6. “The Liar” by Nora Roberts

7. “The Forgotten Room” by Lincoln Child

8. “Dry Bones” by Craig Johnson

9. “The Bone Tree” by Greg Iles

10. “Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories” by Mary Higgins Clark


1. “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough

2. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo

3. “And the Good News Is …” by Dana Perino

4. “Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Real West” by Bill O’Reilly and David Fisher

5. “Clinton Cash” by Pete Schweizer

6. “A Lucky Life Interrupted” by Tom Brokaw

7. “American Wife” by Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice

8. “The Road to Character” by David Brooks

9. “The Book of Joan” by Melissa Rivers

10. “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland” by Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan

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