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).

Why Literature Matters

Library Director Jen Hinderer recently gave Toni Morrison’s Home a glowing review, which not only inspired me to read it, but to reflect on what made me try her novels in the first place.

“Why Literature Matters” by Glenn Arbery is available from the library in hardcover.

Morrison’s genre isn’t usually my thing, but […]

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.

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.

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.

Sophie’s Top Picks of 2013

I love end-of-the-year best-book lists. I get a great deal of satisfaction going through them and finding which ones I’ve read on my own, which ones I’ve at least heard about, and which ones are brand new on my radar.

I went through the books I read this year (86 so far) and identified my […]

About Sophie Smith

Sophie Smith is the supervisor of teen services at the Nashua Public Library and can also frequently be found at the reference desk. As a history and Spanish major at Kenyon College she spent a year in Salamanca, Spain. She earned her master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

That’s my kind of history

My big rebellion in high school was refusing to study for a couple of Mrs. Carter’s American History quizzes and getting D’s on both of them.

Every history course I sat through was focused on war, which left me yawning. I never even took history in college.

But after I finished school, I found a […]

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 Boys Are Back in Town

The time has come for Zachary Olson to turn himself in.

Susan knows it. Her son admits that he threw the frozen pig’s head into the mosque while Somali refugees worshiped. He thought he was pulling a prank! He’s never heard of the Muslim taboo on pork, and the butcher wasn’t selling cow heads.

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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.

“So the truth was he was dying.”

You would expect reading 257 pages about a dying old man’s last months to be depressing.

You would expect his stream-of-consciousness memories of 80 years in a remote Colorado town to be boring.

And in the hands of another novelist, you would be right.

But not when that novelist is Kent Haruf.

Benediction by […]

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.