Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (May 22)

Watermark Books & Cafe


1. “Everybody’s Fool” by Richard Russo

2. “Wichita Artists in Their Studios” by Sondar Langel

3. “Parent Hacks” by Asha Dornfest

4. “Excellent Lombards” by Jane Hamilton

5. “Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman

6. “Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life” by James Dean

7. “The Hidden Oracle” by Rick Riordan

8. “Trespassing Across America” by Ken Ilgunas

9. “Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book” by Bobby Bones

10. “The Thank You Book” by Mo Willems

New and notable

“Lost and Gone Forever” by Alex Grecian (Putnam, $27) – Topeka author Grecian returns to London as the Scotland Yard Murder Squad takes up battling Jack the Ripper. Grecian will be at Watermark at 6 p.m. May 23.

“Security” by Gina Wohlsdorf (Algonquin, $25.95) – Debut author Wohlsdorf delivers a shocking thriller, a narrative puzzle, and a multifaceted love story in this novel set at a California coast hotel. Wohlsdorf will be at Watermark at 6 p.m. June 15.

Eighth Day Books


1. “Prayer for Beginners” by Peter Kreeft

2. “Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Through Suffering” by Makoto Fujimura

3. “On the Prayer of Jesus” by Ignatius Brianchaninov

4. “Strangers and Sojourners” by Michael O’Brien

5 “Brother Hugo and the Bear” by Katy Beebe

6. “On the Incarnation” by Athanasius of Alexandria

7. “The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers” by John Gardner

8. “The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis

9. “The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

10. “The Everlasting Man” by G.K. Chesterton

New and notable

“How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics” by Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson (Eerdmans, $16) – Just turn on the television. Today, apocalypse sells like mad. But instead of lamenting secularized versions of the end times, the authors engage with them through an in-depth theological critique of popular culture instead of indulging in a blanket dismissal of it.

“Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me” by Karen Swallow Prior (T.S. Poetry Press, $16) – A life of books. A life of soul. Professor Karen Swallow Prior poignantly weaves the two, until you can’t tell one life from the other. Prior draws on classics like “Great Expectations,” delights such as “Charlotte’s Web,” the poetry of Hopkins and Donne, and more. This thoughtful memoir will be pure pleasure for book-lovers, teachers, and anyone who has struggled to articulate the inexpressible through a love of story.

National best-sellers


1. “15th Affair” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

2. “The Apartment” by Danielle Steel

3. “The Last Mile” by David Baldacci

4. “Extreme Prey” by John Sandford

5. “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

6. “The Obsession” by Nora Roberts

7. “Everybody’s Fool” by Richard Russo

8. “LaRose” by Louise Erdich

9. “After You” by Jojo Moyes

10. “Troublemaker” by Linda Howard


1. “Hamilton: The Revolution” by Miranda/McCarter

2. “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

3. “Valiant Ambition” by Nathaniel Philbrick

4. “Grit” by Angela Duckworth

5. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

6. “Unashamed” by Lecrae Moore

7. “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight

8. “Red Platoon” by Clinton Romesha

9. “Five Presidents” by Clint Hill

10. “Becoming Grandma” by Lesley Stahl

Publishers Weekly