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.

A Murder Mystery for Fans of Downton Abbey

“The September Society” by Charles Finch. Available from the library in hardcover or digital download.

Like many people I have a long commute to and from work. Admittedly there are some days when I crave silence and room for my own thoughts for those two or three hours, but most 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.

Fangirling

“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell. Available in the Teen Room and in Adult Fiction.

After finishing Rainbow Rowell’s latest novel, Fangirl, I wanted more.

I wanted more of Cath, more of Levi, more of Reagan, even more of the often insufferable but ultimately essential Wren. And more of Rowell herself, an author who knows […]

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.

“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.

The Five

I can’t remember the last time I read a novel like The Five.

If you like suspense, horror, and rock music, then this book is tailor made for you.

And for my money, it’s Robert McCammon’s best book since Boy’s Life.

McCammon’s horror novels of the ’80s were great: he gave us Amazon women who […]

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.

Bad Boys on the Bayou

The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke, available in hardcover, large print, CD and downloadable audio.

I love reading James Lee Burke’s novels; he has created the two best characters in American detective fiction and pits them against the most insidious evil against the peaceful background of the heat and beauty of southern Louisiana […]

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.

Everybody Poops

Most mornings when using Starbucks’ drive-through, I don’t bother turning down the volume of my audiobook.

Just the other day, though, I was listening to Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal and I may have scarred the employees.

It’s not that Gulp is inappropriate or mean-spirited or violent or graphic, but it is […]

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.

Reader advisory: Sex, drugs, and violence?

Welcome to Next Great Read!, the Nashua Public Library’s new reader advisory blog.

Say what? “Reader advisory”?

When you see the words “viewer advisory” at the beginning of a TV show, you expect sex, nudity, violence, drugs, and swearing.

So is a “reader advisory” a warning to expect similarly juicy content, but in books?

That’s […]

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.