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.

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.

A tale of a head witch and necromancer

“The Midnight Witch” by Paula Brackston is available from the library in hardcover.

How far will one woman with a dangerous power go to protect those she loves?

The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston is a tale of strength, power, anguish, and amour, centered around Lilith Montgomery, newly dubbed head witch of the Lazarus […]

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 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.

What would you do with a live rooster?

How do you feel about March Madness? I’ve never watched much basketball, but I do love brackets. So much so that I’ll happily play along as other topics get a chance to battle it out in a quest to become the best of the best.

One of my favorite matchups to watch is The Morning […]

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.

In search of Cambodia’s holy grail

“Map of Lost Memories” is available from the library in hardcover and downloadable audio.

I like a book that makes me feel like I’m being followed.

Set in 1925, Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay is packed with intrigue. Irene Blum sets off on an expedition into the jungles of Cambodia in search […]

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.

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.

Murder most morbid

Black Country is available at the library in hardcover

My assumptions about The Black Country by Alex Grecian were quickly proved wrong when little Hilde Rose peeked into a bird’s nest and grasped what she thought was an egg but turned out to be a human eyeball.

I picked this book off our new-fiction shelf expecting it to be an ordinary “police procedural” […]

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.