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George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library DOERR 34510011198908 New Books Checked out 12/11/2021

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  • ISBN: 9781982168438
  • Physical Description: 626 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2021.

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  • Baker & Taylor
    "From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time comes a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood in a broken world, who find resilience, hope, and story. The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are children trying to figure out the world around them, and to survive. In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in a public library in Lakeport, Idaho, today, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril. They all learn the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land, abetter world. Twelve-year-old Anna lives in a convent where women toil all day embroidering the robes of priests. She learns to read from an old Greek tutor she encounters on her errands in the city. In an abandoned priory, she finds a stash of old books. One is Aethon's story, which she reads to her sister as the walls of Constantinople are bombarded by armies of Saracens. Anna escapes, carrying only a small sack with bread, salt fish-and the book. Outside the city walls, Anna meets Omeir, a village boywho was conscripted, along with his beloved pair of oxen, to fight in the Sultan's conquest. His oxen have died; he has deserted. In Lakeport, Idaho, in 2020, Seymour, a young activist bent on saving the earth, sits in the public library with two homemade bombs in pressure cookers-another siege. Upstairs, eighty-five-year old Zeno, a former prisoner-of-war, and an amateur translator, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon's adventures. On an interstellar ark called The Argos, Konstance isalone in a vault with sacks of Nourish powder and access to all the information in the world-or so she is told. She knows Aethon's story through her father, who has sequestered her to protect her. Konstance, encased on a spaceship decades from now, has never lived on our beloved Earth. Alone in a vault with sacks of Nourish powder and access to "all the information in the world," she knows Aethon's storythrough her father. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Konstance, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, the young Zeno, the children in the library are dreamers and misfits on the cusp of adulthood in a world the grown-ups have broken. They through their own resilience and resourcefulness, and through story. Dedicated to "the librarians then, now, and in the years to come," Anthony Doerr's Cloud Cuckoo Land is about the power of story and the astonishing survival of the physical book when for thousands of years they were so rare and so feared, dying, as one character says, "in fires or floods or in the mouths of worms or at the whims of tyrants." It is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship-of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart"--
  • Baker & Taylor
    Follows four young dreamers and outcasts through time and space, from 1453 Constantinople to the future, as they discover resourcefulness and hope amidst peril in the new novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.
  • Simon and Schuster
    <b>&#8220;If you&#8217;re looking for a superb novel, look no further.&#8221; &#8212;<i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i></b><br> <br><b>The instant </b><b><i>New York Times </i>bestseller and finalist for the 2021 National Book Award is &#8220;wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that&#8217;s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences.&#8221; &#8212;<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br> <br><b>From the Pulitzer Prize&#8211;winning author of <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i>, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes <i>Cloud Cuckoo Land.</i></b><br><br>Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr&#8217;s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope&#8212;and a book. In <i>Cloud Cuckoo Land</i>, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness&#8212;with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we&#8217;re gone.<br> <br> Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna&#8217;s will cross.<br> <br> Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon&#8217;s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet.<br> <br> Like Marie-Laure and Werner in <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i>, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of gravest danger. Their lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr&#8217;s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own. Dedicated to &#8220;the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,&#8221; <i>Cloud Cuckoo Land</i> is a beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship&#8212;of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.<br> <br><i>From the National Book Award finalist citation:</i><br> <br>&#8220;From the 15th century to the future, the five protagonists in Anthony Doerr&#8217;s brilliant <i>Cloud Cuckoo Land</i> come together astonishingly in the stories they make of their lives, rewritten by time and circumstance. This marvelous book is like an astrolabe or an armillary sphere; a navigation instrument engineered to discover the world. Urgent, rife with relevance and compassion, Doerr&#8217;s novel affirms the necessity of the made thing, the capacious imagination, and storytelling.&#8221;
Subject: Space > Fiction.
Libraries > Fiction.
Genre: Dystopian fiction.

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