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.

Garth grapples with ghastly gods

One of my favorite books in high school was The Seven Altars of Dusarra, by Lawrence Watt-Evans.

It’s a sword-and-sorcery fantasy, the second in a quartet called The Lords of Dus. The Lure of the Basilisk is the first, The Sword of Bheleu the third, and The Book of Silence the fourth. The third and […]

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 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.

Do cowboys go to the dentist?

“Doc” is available from the library in hardcover.

In Doc, Mary Doria Russell takes iconic historical figures (Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson) and tells a fantastic story that gives them life and personality, making them seem like someone you’ve met.

Doc is a favorite for me because it combines history of 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.

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.

Whiskey, petticoats, and surgery by candlelight

“I cannot help you become a physician. What you are asking is impossible.”

“My Name Is Mary Sutter” is available from the library in hardcover and audio download

These are some of the first words Mary Sutter hears from Dr. James Blevens.

Mary has heard this many times but she refuses to give up […]

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.

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.

Intrigue Infects the Iditarod

“The Boy in the Snow” is available from the library in hardcover and downloadable audio.

Edie and Bonehead make a great couple.

They both love dogsled racing and eat a diet of mostly meat and fish, the rarer the better.

In M.J. McGrath’s novel The Boy in the Snow these two have flown south […]

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.

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.

Farewell to My Favorite Leper

Thirty-six years.

That’s a long time since we first met Thomas Covenant and wet our toes in a fantasy series that somehow became a 10-volume sprawl.

And if “The Last Dark” sounds like a grim conclusion, it is, which makes it right at home in today’s Game of Thrones climate of moral ambiguity.

The […]

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.