Watermark Books & Cafe
1. “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin
2. “The Constitution of the United States”
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3. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
4. “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance
5. “Confession of a Serial Killer” by Katherine Ramsland
6. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
7. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
8. “Missing Pieces” by Heather Gudenkauf
9. “The Last Wild Places of Kansas” by George Frazier
10. “Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh
New and notable
“Best. State. Ever.” by Dave Barry (G.P. Putnam's Son, $27) – Barry celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the weirdness today. Barry will be at Abode Venue at 7 p.m. Sept. 13th. Tickets are $33 and include a copy of the book.
“The Nix” by Nathan Hill (Knopf, $27.95) – This is a unique work of American fiction that can move from family to politics to big social issues to side-splitting laughter in the turn of a sentence. Hill will be at Watermark Books at 6 p.m. Oct. 25.
Eighth Day Books
1. “Reclaiming the Atonement: An Orthodox Theology of Redemption” by Patrick Reardon
2. “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” by St. John Climacus
3. “Clinging: The Experience of Prayer” by Emilie Griffin
4. “The Summa Theologiae: Concise Edition” by St. Thomas Aquinas
5 “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein
6. “The Way of a Pilgrim” trans. by Olga Savin
7. “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard
8. “Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish” by C. Christopher Smith
9. “Grendel: A Novel” by John Gardner
10. “Worldview: The History of a Concept” by David K. Naugle
New and notable
“The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Algonquin, $18.95) – A woman, confined to her bed, watches a snail on her night stand, living a life that mirrors the limitations of her own. What follows is an oddly compelling story of her discovery of companionship and beauty in the most unexpected of creatures.
“On Augustine” by Rowan Williams (Bloomsbury, $42.00) – St. Augustine not only shaped the development of Western theology, he also made a major contribution to political theory (City of God) and through his confessions to the understanding of human psychology. Williams has an entirely fresh perspective on these matters and the chapter titles in this new book demonstrate this at a glance – “Language: Reality and Desire,” “Politics and the Soul,” “Paradoxes of Self Knowledge,” “Insubstantial Evil.”