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

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “Glitter and Glue” by Kelly Corrigan

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

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

4. “Fridays With the Wizards” by Jessica Day George

5. “Bettyville” by George Hodgman

6. “Dark Money” by Jane Mayer

7. “On My Own” by Diane Rehm

8. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

9. “The Ancient Minstrel” by Jim Harrison

10. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” by Ed Tarkington

New and notable

“A Doubter’s Almanac” by Ethan Canin (Random House, $28) – A novel about one man’s search for the truth about his mysterious, famous, father—and about a father and son learning to understand each other in order to understand their own selves. Watermark has a limited number of signed copies available.

“The Ancient Mistrel” by Jim Harrison ($25) – Harrison delivers three novellas that highlight his range as a writer, shot through with his trademark wit and insight into the human condition. Watermark has a limited number of signed copies available.

Eighth Day Books


1. “The Human Comedy” by William Saroyan

2. “The Great Heresies” by Hilaire Belloc

3. “Lepanto” G.K. Chesterton

4. “Thirsting for Prayer” by Jacques Philippe

5 “The World of Silence” by Max Picard

6. “The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction” by Matthew Crawford

7. “Laurus: A Novel” by Eugene Vodolazkin

8. “The Great Siege: Malta, 1565” by Ernie Bradford

9. “The Soul of Wit: G.K. Chesterton on William Shakespeare” by Dale Ahlquist

10. “Reclaiming the Atonement: An Orthodox Theology of Redemption” Patrick Henry Reardon

New and notable

“Pax” by Sara Pennypacker (HarperCollins, $16.99) – A new young adult novel describing the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But when Peter’s dad enlists in the military, he makes Peter return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather’s house, 300 miles away from home, Peter strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own.

“David’s Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art” by Victoria Gardner Coates (Encounter Books, $27.99) – Throughout Western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of these works, from the Parthenon to Michelangelo’s “David” to Picasso’s “Guernica,” histories of both art and democracy have ignored this phenomenon. “David’s Sling” places into context ten works of art executed to commemorate the successes of free societies that exerted influence far beyond what might have been expected of them.

National best-sellers


1. “Brotherhood in Death” by J.D. Robb

2. “NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson

3. “Morning Star” by Pierce Brown

4. “Find Her” by Lisa Gardner

5. “Blue” by Danielle Steel

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

7. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham

8. “Breakdown” by Jonathan Kellerman

9. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

10. “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks


1. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

2. “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo

3. “The Name of God Is Mercy” by Pope Francis

4. “Turning the Tables” by Teresa Giudice and K.C. Baker

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

6. “Killing Reagan” by Bill O’Reilly

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

8. “The Whole 30” by Hartwig/Hartwig

9. “Originals” by Adam Grant

10. “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager

Publishers Weekly