Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal

I hesitate to review this book, because I noticed that of the 12 reviews I’ve posted here, four have been of books or films about aging and dying.

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande is available from the library as a hardcover, e-book, downloadable audiobook, and audiobook on CD.

Of course that’s the ending of […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet

Many of us are familiar with the turbulence created by change in the workplace, be it a reorganization, a buyout, or a change in staffing. But the work we do in offices is rarely as personally charged and emotionally driven as the work of a musician.

“A Late Quartet” is available from the library […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Not until they were past 90 did Roz Chast’s parents admit they were aging. (Of course, all of us are aging all the time, but hey, can’t we talk about something more pleasant?)

“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” is available from the library in hardcover.

Chast, a New Yorker cartoonist and an […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Local author roundup

Lorrie Thomson, who did a reading here last fall from Equilibrium, her book about a man with bipolar disorder, has just published another novel.

“What’s Left Behind” by Lorrie Thomson is available from the library in paperback.

I have not yet read What’s Left Behind, but Lorrie was kind enough to send her husband […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Mrs. Somebody Somebody

If you’re lucky you have a friend like Judy H. Whenever she and I get together, the conversation quickly turns to books we’ve loved and hated lately. And 90 percent of the time, we agree.

“Mrs Somebody Somebody” by Tracy Winn is available at the library in hardcover.

So when she offered to loan […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Dodging bullets for their daily bread

In the US, most of us have it easy. We don’t risk our lives obtaining food and water.

“The Cellist of Sarajevo” by Steven Galloway is available from the library in hardcover and paperback.

Not so in Sarajevo in the early 1990s. The once magnificent city, site of the 1984 Winter Olympics, was besieged […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

The Signature of All Things

I don’t go for spiritual self-help memoirs, so I ignored the hype a few years back and never read Elizabeth Gilbert’s hugely popular Eat, Pray, Love.

But I heard an equal amount of hype last year about her newest novel, The Signature of All Things, from reviewers whose opinions usually mesh with mine. So I […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Abandoning a child–and getting away with it?

The first question you’ll ask when reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is, Why did Rosemary Cooke’s parents abandon her sister Fern at the age of 5?

And the second is, How did they get away with it?

“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler is available from the library […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

The Interestings

I don’t follow any celebrities on Facebook, but I do think authors are interesting people and so I’m nosy about their lives. Who’s in a writing group with whom? Which writers were classmates in what MFA program?

“The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer is available from the library in hardcover, large print, downloadable audiobook and […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.

Bring back the death panel

As a soldier during World War II, Katy Butler’s father lost his left arm to a German shell in Italy.

He lost his dignity to a stroke in 2001. And his dignity eluded him until he died in 2007.

As Katy recounts in Knocking on Heaven’s Door, soon after the stroke a well-intentioned physical therapist […]

About Carol Luers Eyman

Carol Luers Eyman is the outreach and community services coordinator at the Nashua Public Library. After graduating from Kirkland College, she earned a master’s of education and a certificate in technical communication from the University of Massachusetts.