State of Wonder

State of Wonder

“State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett is available from the library in hardcover, audiobook, and downloadable ebook.

Medical researcher Annick Swenson, a protagonist in Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder, is not one for trivial tasks, like progress reports.

Mr. Fox, CEO of the pharmaceutical company funding her research, is not one to be ignored.

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About Inga Dellea-Messner

Library Assistant Inga Dellea-Messner grew up in Windham and Hudson. She worked at the Rodgers Memorial Library for seven years before becoming a library assistant at the Nashua Public Library. On her way to earning her bachelor’s degree from Keene State, she spent five months studying French in Bretagne (Brittany).

The Illusion of Free Will

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“Free Will” by Sam Harris is available from the library in hardcover.

Are we responsible for our actions? In Free Will, neuroscientist Sam Harris argues no, that our experience of free will is an illusion.

Free will implies two things:

(1) That we were free to think and act differently than we […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Two Novels of the Norman Conquest

“The Golden Warrior” by Hope Muntz is available from the library in hardcover.

Seldom do competing historical novels cover the same ground in different ways with results just as pleasing, but The Golden Warrior (1948) by Hope Muntz and Lord of Sunset (1998) by Parke Godwin do just that.

Written exactly 50 years […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

This Century’s Greatest Injustice

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I consider myself privileged, compared to many. I’ve received a splendid education. So why is it that I had no idea of the worst horror of our times, discussed in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: systemic misogyny practiced by cultures and governments?

Did you […]

About Inga Dellea-Messner

Library Assistant Inga Dellea-Messner grew up in Windham and Hudson. She worked at the Rodgers Memorial Library for seven years before becoming a library assistant at the Nashua Public Library. On her way to earning her bachelor’s degree from Keene State, she spent five months studying French in Bretagne (Brittany).

A family haunted

“The Fate of Mercy Alban” is available from the library in paperback, ebook, and downloadable audio versions.

The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb is a terrific haunted house novel rife with family secrets and unexplained events.

Set on the shores of Lake Superior, the story unfolds in the mansion built by the […]

About Jen McCormack

Jen McCormack is the director of the Nashua Public Library. Previously she was director of the Tewksbury (Mass.) Public Library and assistant director and reference librarian at the Amesbury (Mass.) Public Library. She studied history at UNH and earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

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.

A corrupt cult controlling Calcutta

"Song of Kali" by Dan Simmons is available from the library in paperback.

The Kali cult depicted by Dan Simmons in Song of Kali is foul beyond words. (Forget the cartoonish portrayal in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.)

“Song of Kali” by Dan Simmons is available from the library in paperback.

The Kāpālikas run Calcutta like the Mafia runs American cities. Businessmen by day, killers […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Got time?

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“The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom is available from the library in hardcover, large print, and downloadable audiobook.

In Mitch Albom’s novel The Time Keeper, three wayward souls learn the meaning of time through great trial, and greater error.

Dor–Father Time–discovers its existence and is the first to measure it. But when his wife […]

About Inga Dellea-Messner

Library Assistant Inga Dellea-Messner grew up in Windham and Hudson. She worked at the Rodgers Memorial Library for seven years before becoming a library assistant at the Nashua Public Library. On her way to earning her bachelor’s degree from Keene State, she spent five months studying French in Bretagne (Brittany).

Sherlock on horseback

Holmes on the Range is available at the library in hardcover

“Holmes on the Range” by Steve Hockensmith is available at the library in hardcover.

Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith is the first of a series of mysteries set in the Old West featuring the Amlingmeyer brothers Old Red and Big Red (aka Gustav and Otto).

The brothers aren’t big drinkers or card […]

About Jen McCormack

Jen McCormack is the director of the Nashua Public Library. Previously she was director of the Tewksbury (Mass.) Public Library and assistant director and reference librarian at the Amesbury (Mass.) Public Library. She studied history at UNH and earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

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.