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.

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.

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.

A man named Money

“Home” by Toni Morrison is available from the library in hardcover, large print, audio, and e-book.

In her slim but powerful novel, Home, Toni Morrison explores not only racism but the trauma suffered by those who served in the Korean War, the suffocating nature of small town life in 1950s Georgia, and 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.

Reaping the whirlwind

I’m still winding down from Whirlwind. With everything going on in the Middle East, it hits close to home.

It’s about the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and, like all of James Clavell’s epics, based on true events in a “clash of cultures.”

“Whirlwind” by James Clavell is available from the library in hardcover.

Everyone […]

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.

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.

Minnesota twins, separated at birth

I don’t think I’ve ever read a Civil War-era novel set in Minnesota before; generally those books take place in the South and feature bloody battles and the suffering of slaves and young soldiers.

Instead, Nicole Heglet has set her novel, Stillwater, in a Minnesota town that serves as a stop on the Underground Railroad […]

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.

Living by the sword

It’s 1868, the year of Spain’s Glorious Revolution, and Don Jaime is appalled at the rise of guns in Spanish society. He considers them dishonorable weapons and symptomatic of a wider cultural malaise.

In The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Don Jaime, a fencing instructor, is an old guy set in his old-fashioned ways. He […]

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.

A man named Dolly

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti is an adventure story (with a hint of mystery) featuring lucky orphan Ren as he is finally claimed by his long-lost father Benjamin Nab and leaves for a new life roaming about colonial New England safe and secure in a family at last.

“The Good Thief” by Hannah […]

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.

Genesis 6-9: A disturbing corner of the Bible

Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah is currently in theaters and his graphic novel provides a taste of it.

It’s refreshing to see this famous story of the Bible get a creative work-over. Films about Jesus are cranked out every other year, but what about the more challenging (and disturbing) corners of the Bible? Like Job. Or […]

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.