Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Dec. 21)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend” by Christo Brand

2. “People of the Flint Hills” by John E. Brown

3. “Santa Is Coming to Kansas” by Robert Dunn

4. “Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book” by Diane Muldrow

5. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

6. “Once Upon an Alphabet” by Oliver Jeffers

7. “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak

8. “Eight Wonders of Kansas” by Marci Penner

9. “Pete the Cat Saves Christmas” by James Dean

10. “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin

New and notable

“People of the Flint Hills: Bluestem Pasture Portraits” by John E. Brown (History Press, $19.99) – A collection of portraits of the families who own and work the land in the Flint Hills.

“The Who, the What, and the When” by Jenny Volvoski (Chronicle, $24.95) – An illustrated compendium, told by 65 different artists and writers, of history’s fascinating unknown muses and assistants.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool

2. “Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story” by Sally Lloyd-Jones

3. “The Inner Voice of Love” by Henri Nouwen

4. “Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father,” translated by Vera Bouteneff

5. “In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children of Wat Opot” by Gail Gutradt

6. “People of the Flint Hills: Bluestem Pasture Portraits” by John E. Brown

7. “Housekeeping: A Novel” by Marilynne Robinson

8. “The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

9. “What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-Ups From Children’s Books” by Amy Gash

10. “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson” by S.C. Gwynne

New and notable

“The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs” by Greil Marcus (Yale University Press, $28) – Unlike all previous versions of rock ’n’ roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events that everyone knows. Instead, Marcus selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock ’n’ roll as a thing in itself – a new language.

“In the Valley of Wormwood: Cistercian Blessed and Saints of the Golden Age” by Thomas Merton (Cistercian Publications, $39.95) – Shortly after entering the monastic life in 1941, Thomas Merton began to pen biographical sketches of early Cistercian saints. These are now published here for the first time, offering a window into Merton’s thinking just a few years before his famed autobiography, “Seven Storey Mountain,” would see the light of day.

National best-sellers


1. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham

2. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson

3. “Revival” by Stephen King

4. “The Escape” by David Baldacci

5. “Tom Clancy: Full Force and Effect” by Mark Greaney

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

7. “The World of Ice & Fire” by George R.R. Martin

8. “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult

9. “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly

10. “Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwell


1. “Killing Patton” by O’Reilly/Dugard

2. “41: Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush

3. “Make It Ahead” by Ina Garten

4. “Guinness World Records 2015”

5. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

6. “What If?” by Randall Munroe

7. “Money: Master the Game” by Tony Robbins

8. “Dungeon Master’s Guide” by Wizards RPG Team

9. “Dreamers and Deceivers” by Glenn Beck

10. “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen

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