February 2020 - Faraway Lands

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Let these books transport you to faraway lands, both fictional and real in our February Year in Reading challenge. 

Year in Reading 2020 is an online only reading challenge for ages 12 to adult. Explore all that the Great River Regional Library has to offer in this year-long challenge as you explore a new topic each month with activities that help you learn and expand your mind. Who knows, you may find a few new favorites! Register and log at https://griver.beanstack.org/ or on the free Beanstack Tracker app. Learn more about Beanstack.


Ben Bova
Description: "The discovery of an Earth-sized planet 30 light years from Earth sparks a race to develop a telescope to create a photographic record of the new world. The far side of the moon, with its "clear" view of space, seems an ideal location, but the project's planners must contend with rivalries from the existing moon colony of Selene. Sent from Earth to assist Dr. Ulrich, director of Angel Observatory, Dr. Trudy Yost immediately becomes involved in the web of politics, sabotage, and physical obstacles that mark life on Farside."--Library Journal.
Call Number: FIC Bov
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Garth Nix, Sean Williams
Description: Odo is the seventh son of the village miller and he just wants to get away from work for awhile, Eleanor's mother was a soldier, and she yearns for adventure, but it is Odo who finds the magic talking sword named Biter, and thereby instantly becomes a knight--and together they set out on a quest (somewhat reluctantly on Odo's part) to save their kingdom from threats both human and dragon.
Call Number: J FIC Nix
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Joyce Carol Oates, Andi Arndt
Description: A reckless girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled future world and is punished by being sent to a region of North America eighty years in the past.
Call Number: FIC Oat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Frank Herbert, Scott Brick, Inc. Blackstone Audio
Description: EMASI! Each Man A Separate Individual! That is the rallying cry of the Seps, the resistance force engaged in a class war against the upper tiers of a society driven entirely by opinion polls. Those who score high, the High-Opps, are given plush apartments, comfortable jobs, every possible convenience. But those who happen to be low-opped live crowded in warrens, facing harsh lives and brutal conditions. Daniel Movius, ex-senior liaitor, rides high in the opinion polls--until he loses everything, brushed aside by a very powerful man. Low-opped and abandoned, Movius finds himself fighting for survival in the city's underworld. There, the opinion of the masses is clear: it is time for a revolution against the corrupt superprivileged--and every revolution needs a leader.
Call Number: FIC Her
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Description: "The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Kau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Neil Gaiman
Description: Richard Mayhew's life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl named Door and finds himself living in a city of monsters, saints, murderers, and angels, and he must help Door on her mission to save this strange underworld kingdom from destruction.
Call Number: FIC Gai
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Terry Pratchett
Description: "Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork--Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Seth Kugel
Call Number: 360.4819 Kug
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Mahbod Seraji
Description: An unforgettable debut novel of young love and growing up in an Iran headed toward revolution. In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran's sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends one perfect, stolen summer with his beautiful neighbor, Zari, until he unwittingly guides the Shah's secret police to their target: Zari's intended. The violent consequences awaken Pasha and his friends to the reality of life under the rule of a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice from which Pasha may never recover.
Call Number: FIC Ser
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Alexandra d' Arnoux, Bruno de Laubadère, Gilles de Chabaneix
Call Number: 712.6 Arn
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Hermann Hesse, Sherab Chödzin
Description: "In 1911, Hermann Hesse sailed through southeastern Asian waters on a trip that would define much of his later writing. Hesse brings his unique eye to scenes such as adventures in a rickshaw, watching foreign theater performances, exploring strange floating cities on stilts, and luxuriating in the simple beauty of the lush natural landscape. Even in the doldrums of travel, he records his experience with faithful humor, wit, and sharp observation, offering a broad vision of travel in the early 1900s"--Back cover.
Call Number: 915.9 Hes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
1976- author Ragnar Jónasson, Quentin Bates
Description: "Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors -- accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik--with a past that he's unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness -- blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Rag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Herman Koch, Sam Garrett
Description: It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier's extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph's later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer's tragedy.
Call Number: LP FIC Koc
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien, Douglas A. (Douglas Allen) Anderson
Call Number: FIC Tol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
James Carter, Aaron Cushley
Description: "The mysteries of space have intrigued us since ancient times. Early observers named the constellations as a way to keep track of the starry patterns in the night sky. Through the years, astronomers discovered planets, moons, and many other objects. As technology improved, the dream of physically exploring space became reality, and space shuttles blasted into the world above our heads. Where will we go next?" -- From Amazon.com description.
Call Number: E Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Michelle West
Description: Treachery threatens the Dominion of Annagar as two power-hungry men--a skilled general and a sorcerer--seek to overthrow the clan of Leonne, whose control over the magic of the sun sword has kept the peace.
Call Number: FIC Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, Robert E. (Robert Ervin) Howard
Call Number: FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Michio Kaku, Feodor Chin
Description: World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space.
Call Number: 629.455 Kak
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne
Description: "Once upon a time a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses, waiting for true love's kiss. Or so her father told her. Instead, she woke up on her own, cut off all that pesky long hair, and used it to escape. But she kept the beard, because it made a great disguise. This is not a story about finding Prince Charming-- it's a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong. But these are no ordinary pirate misfits aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First there's Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes when confronted. Then there's Tempest, who's determined to become the first dryad lawyer-- preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. They're joined by Alobartolus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Sn'archivist who is said to take diction directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and you've got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Robin Jarvis
Description: The werlings, a peaceful group of forgotten forest creatures whose only magic is the ability to change shapes, are unwittingly drawn into the search for a valuable item stolen from an evil queen many years before.
Call Number: J FIC Jar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
Jennifer Longo
Description: Devastated when her dream of becoming a professional ballerina falls through, seventeen-year-old Harper Scott takes a job as a research assistant, wintering over at McMurdo, a U.S. science station at the tip of Antarctica where, for the first time, she considers other possible futures.
Call Number: YA FIC Lon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
John Pitt, publisher Bradt Travel Guides
Call Number: 917.304 Pit 2019
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2020
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Farside
Ben Bova
FIC Bov
Snowblind
1976- author Ragnar Jónasson, Quentin Bates
FIC Rag
Have Sword, Will Travel
Garth Nix, Sean Williams
J FIC Nix
Summer House With Swimming Pool [Large Print]
Herman Koch, Sam Garrett
LP FIC Koc
Hazards Of Time Travel [Audiobook] : A Novel
Joyce Carol Oates, Andi Arndt
FIC Oat
The Annotated Hobbit
J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien, Douglas A. (Douglas Allen) Anderson
FIC Tol
High-opp
Frank Herbert, Scott Brick, Inc. Blackstone Audio
FIC Her
The Big Beyond : The Story Of Space Travel
James Carter, Aaron Cushley
E Car
Illuminae
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
YA FIC Kau
The Broken Crown
Michelle West
FIC Wes
Neverwhere [Audiobook]
Neil Gaiman
FIC Gai
The Chronicles Of Conan. 01, Tower Of The Elephant And Other Stories
Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, Robert E. (Robert Ervin) Howard
FIC Tho
Raising Steam : A Discworld Novel
Terry Pratchett
FIC Pra
The Future Of Humanity [Audiobook] : Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, And Our Destiny Beyond Earth
Michio Kaku, Feodor Chin
629.455 Kak
Rediscovering Travel : A Guide For The Globally Curious
Seth Kugel
360.4819 Kug
The Princess Beard
Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne
FIC Daw
Rooftops Of Tehran
Mahbod Seraji
FIC Ser
Thorn Ogres Of Hagwood
Robin Jarvis
J FIC Jar
Secret Gardens Of Paris
Alexandra d' Arnoux, Bruno de Laubadère, Gilles de Chabaneix
712.6 Arn
Up To This Pointe
Jennifer Longo
YA FIC Lon
Singapore Dream And Other Adventures : Travel Writings From An Asian Journey
Hermann Hesse, Sherab Chödzin
915.9 Hes
Usa By Rail : Plus Canada's Main Routes : The Bradt Travel Guide
John Pitt, publisher Bradt Travel Guides
917.304 Pit 2019