Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (March 6)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “On My Own” by Diane Rehm

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

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

4. “Finding Winnie” by Lindsay Mattick

5. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

6. “Bettyville” by George Hodgman

7. “Dark Money” by Jane Mayer

8. “The Stargazer’s Sister” by Carrie Brown

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

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

New and notable

“The King’s Bed” by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh (Pegasus, $28.95) – From two acclaimed historians comes a spirited history of Charles II’s dissolute life and surprising legacy.

“Locally Laid” by Lucie B. Amundsen (Avery, $26) – How a Midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm and discovered why local is better.

Eighth Day Books


1. “The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity” by Timothy Ware

2. “The Interior Castle: Study Edition” by St. Teresa of Avila, translated by Kieran Kavanaugh

3. “Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy” by George Marlin

4. “Who Are the Christians in the Middle East?” by Martin Bailey

5. “A Secular Age” by Charles Taylor

6. “The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross,” translated by Kieran Kavanaugh

7. “The Seven Storey Mountain” by Thomas Merton

8. “Warning to the West” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

9. “Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life” by Henri Nouwen

10. “Under the Black Flag: At the Frontiers of the New Jihad” by Sami Moubayed

New and notable

“Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth” by A.O. Scott (Penguin Press, $28) – Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in “Better Living Through Criticism” is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation and interpersonal life. He shows that while individual critics can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn’t, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence.

“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 these questions.

National best-sellers


1. “A Girl’s Guide to Moving On” by Debbie Macomber

2. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

3. “NYPD Red 4” by James Patterson

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

5. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

6. “Cometh the Hour” by Jeffrey Archer

7. “Find Her” by Lisa Gardner

8. “Blue” by Danielle Steel

9. “Wedding Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke

10. “Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham


1. “Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman

2. “Eat Fat, Get Thin” by Mark Hyman

3. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

4. “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo

5. “Pretty Happy” by Kate Hudson

6. “Playing to the Edge” by Michael V. Hayden

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

8. “The Whole 30” by Hartwig/Hartwig

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

10. “The Wait” by Devon Franklin

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