Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Feb. 28)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “On My Own” by Diane Rehm

2. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

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

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

5. “The Ancient Minstrel” by Jim Harrison

6. “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown

7. “Get Over Yourself; God’s Here!” by Kate Moorehead

8. “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

9. “The Green Road” by Anne Enright

10. “Bettyville” by George Hodgman

New and notable

“Flight of Dreams” by Ariel Lawhon (Doubleday, $25.95) – “Flight of Dreams” is the story of drama and romance, sabotage and intrigue, set aboard the Hindenburg’s final voyage. Mixing history with suspense, this is a spellbinding novel that keeps you guessing till the last page.

“Hide” by Matthew Griffin (Bloomsbury, $26) – In a struggling small town in North Carolina live Frank and Wendell, a couple whose love is looked down upon. Fifty years after they met and fell in love, and as Frank’s health declines, Wendell must come to terms with the consequences of half a century in seclusion, the sacrifices they made for each other, and the different lives they might have lived. Tender, funny, and gorgeously rendered, “Hide” is a singularly powerful debut.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Lost. Found.” by Marcia Diane Arnold

2. “The Pumpkin Runner” by Marcia Diane Arnold

3. “Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales From the Tallgrass Prairie” by Jim Hoy

4. “People of the Flint Hills: Bluestem Prairie Portraits” by John E. Brown

5 “The Flint Hills” by Mark Feiden and Jim Hoy

6. “Laurus: A Novel” by Eugene Vodolazkin

7. “Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie” by Jim Hoy

8. “Prairie Fire” by Mark Feiden and Jim Hoy

9. “A Theology of Preaching” by Richard Lischer

10. “The Confessions of X: A Novel” by Suzanne Wolfe

New and notable

“Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities” by James Turner (Princeton University Press, $24.95) – Many today do not recognize the word, but “philology” was for centuries nearly synonymous with intellectual life, encompassing not only the study of Greek and Roman literature and the Bible but also all other studies of language and literature. In short, philology was the queen of the human sciences. How did it become little more than an archaic word? James Turner tells the story of how the study of languages and texts led to the modern humanities and the modern university.

“Ambition: Essays by Members of the Chrysostom Society,” edited by Luci Shaw and Jeanne Murray Walker (Cascade Books, $19). What role should ambition play in our lives? Our culture generally buys the American Dream that, yes, we can fulfill all our aspirations. But to seek personal power and fame in the competitive world of Western culture has a dark side. Ambition can be subtle and enticing, leading to great unhappiness. Questions about ambition are more urgent now than they have ever been. With elegance and wisdom, writers such as Erin McGraw, Emilie Griffin, Eugene Peterson and others raise and reflect on the question that lies at our most intimate core of being and at the very center of our culture.

National best-sellers


1. “Cometh the Hour” by Jeffrey Archer

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

3. “NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson

4. “Find Her” by Lisa Gardner

5. “Blue” by Danielle Steel

6. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

7. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham

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

9. “Breakdown” by Jonathan Kellerman

10. “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks


1. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

2. “A Mother’s Reckoning” by Sue Klebold

3. “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo

4. “Pretty Happy” by Kate Hudson

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

6. “Conviction” by Juan Martinez

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

8. “The Whole 30” by Hartwig/Hartwig

9. “Leonard” by William Shatner

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

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