This Is Your Brain on Music

Who’s more qualified to write a book called This is Your Brain on Music than a neuroscientist/musician/recording engineer/producer who’s worked with the Grateful Dead, Blue Oyster Cult, and Stevie Wonder?

Probably no one.

Author Daniel J. Levitin, a professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University, has written a cogent and comprehensive look at […]

About NPLibrarian

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Is the Civil War over?

Growing up in Maine, I felt pretty confident that what I learned about the Civil War was true. And I was totally confident that it was over.

I mean, we’ve made it as a nation for an additional 150 years, I think you can call that a done deal.

But last week I picked up […]

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.

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.

Bunch of Amateurs

[Editor’s note: Today we welcome Rebecca Nugent to our roster of Next Great Read reviewers.]

What do Benjamin Franklin, Mark Zuckerberg, and the painter and birder David Allen Sibley have in common?

“Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character” by Jack Hitt is available from the library in hardcover.

They are three […]

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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.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

India. The awe-inspiring crush of humanity. Roads crowded with every sort of vehicle and person and animal.

These are the images, I’m told, that stick with any visitor.

I have never been to India. Everyone I’ve spoken to who has traveled there for work or school or pleasure has described its overwhelming beauty, alongside its […]

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.

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.

Lost Boy, Lost Girl

“Lost Boy, Lost Girl” by Peter Straub is available at the library in hardcover and large print.

Lost Boy, Lost Girl reminded me that I haven’t outgrown the horror genre, that I can still be scared in surprising ways.

This story of two boys who become obsessed with an abandoned house blends two genres […]

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.