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Anthony Doerr, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land

Set in Constantinople in the 15th century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s 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 --- and a book. In CLOUD CUCKOO LAND, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness --- with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we’re gone.

"Best Of" 2021 Lists

This is the time of year when “Best Of” lists are everywhere. These annual roundups always seem to spark lively discussions among readers as they reflect on their favorite books of the year. Although we at don’t have a “Best Of” list of our own, we’ve compiled a number of them for you here. See which of your top picks appear on these lists and which titles you feel should've been included but weren't. Perhaps you’ll even find some books to add to your reading list as we head into the new year!

Week of September 26, 2022

Paperback releases for the week of September 26th include Anthony Doerr's CLOUD CUCKOO LAND, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds of peril, who find resilience, hope and a book; SMILE, the extraordinary story of Sarah Ruhl's 10-year medical and metaphysical odyssey that brought her physical, creative, emotional and spiritual healing; DEAR SANTA, a nostalgic novel from the queen of Christmas stories, Debbie Macomber, which revolves around a special holiday wish list that brings about hope, love and second chances; BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY by   Qian Julie Wang, the moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world;   and THE DOOMSDAY MOTHER, in which bestselling true crime author John Glatt recounts the twisted tale of Lori Vallow, accused of having her two children murdered to start a new life with her new husband, doomsday prepper Chad Daybell.