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

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea

2. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

3. “The Secret Garden” by Johanna Basford

4. “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George

5. “The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck

6. “The Kansas Trail Guide” by Kristin and Jonathan Conard

7. “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simison

8. “The Painter” by Peter Heller

9. “Artful Mandala Coloring Book” by Cher Kaufmann

10. “Music I Once Could Dance To” by Roy Beckemeyer

New and notable

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest” by J. Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books, $25) – A mother-daughter story told through food, capturing the essence of Midwestern home cooking, as a star chef comes to terms with her Minnesotan upbringing.

“Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain (Ballantine Books, $28) – The author of “The Paris Wife” fictionalizes the life of Beryl Markham, a Kenyan-born British aviator and the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic.

Eighth Day Books


1. “The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury: Celebrated Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud,” edited by Janet Schulman

2. “Poetry Speaks to Children,” edited by Elise Paschen

3. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

4. “Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus” by John Ortberg

5 “Under the Greenwood Tree” by Thomas Hardy

6. “Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child” by Anthony Esolen

7. “Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology” by Andrew Louth

8. “George Washington” by Ingri and Edgard D’Aulaire

9. “Go Set a Watchman: A Novel” by Harper Lee

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

New and notable

“The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times” by Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B. (Ignatius Press, $16.95) – The “noonday devil” is the demon of acedia, a gloomy combination of weariness, sadness, and a lack of purposefulness, robbing us of a capacity for joy. Nault mines the history of the Christian tradition and its treatments for this perennial malady of the soul.

“The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism,” edited by Mark Bauerlein (Templeton Foundation Press, $27.95) – An assembly of intellectuals, journalists and social scientists who all agree that something in the American mind has gone awry – from biblical illiteracy to political ignorance to the inherent narcissism of the Internet age. Together they paint a disturbing portrait of an America in which the welfare of individuals, the economy, and the political health of the nation is at risk.

National best-sellers


1. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

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

3. “Code of Conduct” by Brad Thor

4. “The English Spy” by Daniel Silva

5. “Truth or Die” by Patterson/Roughan

6. “Nemesis” by Catherine Coulter

7. “Naked Greed” by Stuart Woods

8. “Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs

9. “The Melody Lingers On” by Mary Higgins Clark

10. “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King


1. “Selp-Helf” by Miranda Sings

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

3. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

4. “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough

5. “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari

6. “The Conservative Heart” by Arthur C. Brooks

7. “Down the Rabbit Hole” by Holly Madison

8. “A Time for Truth” by Ted Cruz

9. “A Full Life” by Jimmy Carter

10. “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

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