Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (Jan. 18)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” by Christopher Scotton

2. “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust” by Alan Bradley

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

4. “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool

5. “How to Tie a Scarf” by Potter Style

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

7. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

8. “Ordinary Grace” by William Krueger

9. “Big Seven” by Jim Harrison

10. “Kansas Sky” by Mark Feiden

New and notable

“West of Sunset” by Stewart O’Nan (Viking, $27.95) – O’Nan focuses on a rarely seen side of F. Scott Fitzgerald through this novel based on the years Fitzgerald struggled to make a living as a screenwriter in Hollywood.

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, $26.95) – A psychological thriller about a woman who thinks she sees a murder while commuting on the train.

Eighth Day Books


1. “How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor” by James K.A. Smith

2. “The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain” by Scott Cairns

3. “An Inner Step Toward God: Writings and Teachings on Prayer” by Alexander Men

4. “Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Cultural Liturgies Vol. 1 )” by James K.A. Smith

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

6. “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life” by Rod Dreher

7. “The World of Silence” by Max Picard

8. “A Secular Age” by Charles Taylor

9. “Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning,” edited by James K.A. Smith

10. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

New and notable

“Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey From Airman to Castaway to Captive (Young Adult Adaptation)” by Laura Hillenbrand (Delacorte, $19.99) – The bestselling story of Louis Zamperini’s survival of six weeks in a life raft on the Pacific, two years of Japanese imprisonment, and his subsequent stateside victory over alcoholism after war’s end, is retold for younger readers. Many photographs have been added to the text.

“The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty” by Alexander Lee (Doubleday, $30) – A portrait of the hidden world behind the artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and more. Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in an aura of beauty and brilliance. But behind the vast explosion of new art and culture lurked a vicious world of power politics, perversity and corruption that has much in common with the present day.

National best-sellers


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

2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham

3. “Insatiable Appetites” by Stuart Woods

4. “The Third Target” by Joel C. Rosenberg

5. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson

6. “The Escape” by David Baldacci

7. “As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust” by Alan Bradley

8. “Trust No One” by Jayne Ann Krentz

9. “Agenda 21: Into the Shadows” by Glenn Beck

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


1. “The 20/20 Diet” by Phil McGraw

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

3. “Zero Belly Diet” by David Zinczenko

4. “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo

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

6. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

7. “Make It Ahead” by Ina Garten

8. “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

9. “Thug Kitchen” by Thug Kitchen

10. “The Skinnytaste Cookbook” by Gina Homolka

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