Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Jan. 7)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “West of Sunset” by Stewart O’Nan

2. “Dark Money” by Jane Mayer

3. “Alphabet School” by Stephen Johnson

4. “Your Leadership Edge” by Ed O’Malley and Amanda Cebula

5. “The Dugans: the Story of Irish Pioneers in Wichita” by Paul V. Dugan, Sr.

6. “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Benjamin

7. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

8. “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson

9. “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout

10. “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara

New and notable

“Beasts & Children” by Amy Parker (Mariner, $15.95) – Wichita State visiting professor Parker’s debut collection of short stories follow the lives of three families as they navigate ever-shifting landscapes, from Texas to Thailand to a lonely apartment in nondescript suburbia. Watermark has signed copies available.

“Fridays at the Castle” by Jessica Day George (Bloomsbury, $16.99) – The newest installment in the New York Times best-selling middle-reader series finds Celie and her family battling evil Wizard Arkwright for control of Castle Glower. George will be at Watermark at 2 p.m. Feb. 12.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Laurus: A Novel” by Eugene Vodolazkin

2. “Seeking Perfection in the World of Art: The Artistic Path of Father Sophrony” by Sister Gabriela

3. “Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies” by David Bentley Hart

4. “Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting” by Aidan Hart

5 “Psalms and the Life of Faith” by Elder Aimilianos

6. “Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South” by Albert Raboteau

7. “The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia – And How It Died” by Philip Jenkins

8. “The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language” by Rowan Williams

9. “Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler” by Mark Reibling

10. “Drinking from the Hidden Fountain: A Patristic Breviary,” edited by Tomas Spidlik

New and notable

“Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love” by Simran Sethi (HarperOne, $26.99) – Our response to sweet, salty, bitter, or sour is deeply personal, combining our individual biological characteristics, personal preferences, and emotional connections. “Bread, Wine, Chocolate” illuminates not only what it means to recognize the importance of the foods we love, but also what it means to lose them. Simran Sethi reveals how the foods we enjoy are endangered by genetic erosion, a slow and steady loss of diversity in what we grow and eat.

“Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East” by Gerard Russell (Basic Books, $17.99) – The Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: Mandaeans and Ezidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, the Copts of Egypt, and others. Former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to the distant, nearly impassable regions where these mysterious religions still cling to survival in the face of the unprecedented challenges posed to them by radical Islam.