Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (May 1)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by Rob Spillman

2. “My Sunshine Away” by M.O. Walsh

3. “The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater

4. “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

5. “The Butler” by Will Haygood

6. “Showdown” by Will Haygood

7. “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

8. “What She Knew” by Gilly MacMillan

9. “Thoughts and Prayers” by Ruby Tobey

10. “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld

New and notable

“The Excellent Lombards” by Jane Hamilton (Grand Central, $26) – From the bestselling author of “The Book of Ruth” comes a heartfelt coming-of-age story of one woman as she grapples with the future of her family’s apple orchard amid the encroaching threats of urbanization. Hamilton will be at Watermark Books at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“The Last Wild Places of Kansas” by George Frazier (University Press of Kansas, $24.95) – One part scientific discovery and one part travelogue, Frazier documents three years he spent looking for places where the original prairie exists in Kansas.

Eighth Day Books


1. “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization” by Anthony Esolen

2. “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child” by Anthony Esolen

3. “The Services of Great and Holy Week and Pascha” edited by Fr. John Winfrey

4. “The Abolition of Man: How Education Develops Man’s Sense of Morality” by C.S. Lewis

5. “Dante’s Inferno (Modern Library Ed.)” translated by Anthony Esolen

6. “Kristin Lavransdatter” by Sigrid Undset

7. “The Way of Beauty: Liturgy, Education, and Inspiration” by David Clayton

8. “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work” by Matthew Crawford

9. “Leisure: The Basis of Culture” by Josef Pieper

10. “The Confessions of X” by Suzanne Wolfe

New and notable

“Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness” by George Saunders (Random House, $14) – Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of the New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Saunders’ words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny and wise, “Congratulations, By the Way” is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.

“Short Trip to the Edge: A Pilgrimage to Prayer” by Scott Cairns (Paraclete Press, $16.99) – Originally published in 2007, this new edition is an expanded narrative of Cairns’ journey to the monastic peninsula of Mount Athos in Greece. With 20 monasteries scattered across its sloping terrain, the Holy Mountain was the perfect place for Scott to seek out the stillness of true prayer. Along the way, Cairns, a professor of literature at the University of Missouri, forged relationships with monks, priests and fellow pilgrims.

National best-sellers


1. “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

2. “The Obsession” by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

3. “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (Ecco)

4. “As Time Goes By” by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)

5. “Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben (Dutton)

6. “Eligible” by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House)

7. “Most Wanted” by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press)

8. “War Hawk” by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood (William Morrow)

9. “The 14th Colony” by Steve Berry (Minotaur)

10. “Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen (Random House)


1. “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt (Harper)

2. “It’s All Easy” by Gwyneth Paltrow (Grand Central Life & Style)

3. “Brave Enough” by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf)

4. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi (Random House)

5. “The Third Wave” by Steve Case (Simon & Schuster)

6. “Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman (Clarkson Potter)

7. “Real Leadership” by John Addison (McGraw-Hill Education)

8. “The Whole 30” by Hartwig/Hartwig (HMH)

9. “Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (Grand Central Publishing)

10. “First Women” by Kate Anderson Brower (Harper)

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