The Illusion of Free Will

free-will

“Free Will” by Sam Harris is available from the library in hardcover.

Are we responsible for our actions? In Free Will, neuroscientist Sam Harris argues no, that our experience of free will is an illusion.

Free will implies two things:

(1) That we were free to think and act differently than we […]

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.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal

I hesitate to review this book, because I noticed that of the 12 reviews I’ve posted here, four have been of books or films about aging and dying.

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande is available from the library as a hardcover, e-book, downloadable audiobook, and audiobook on CD.

Of course that’s the ending of […]

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.

This Century’s Greatest Injustice

Half the Sky

I consider myself privileged, compared to many. I’ve received a splendid education. So why is it that I had no idea of the worst horror of our times, discussed in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: systemic misogyny practiced by cultures and governments?

Did you […]

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).

One Hundred Names For Love

After I reviewed My Stroke of Insight a few months ago, a colleague suggested that I read Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names for Love.

The book is a biography, written by his wife, about accomplished author Paul West, who suffered a severe stroke in the linguistic left hemisphere. Diane is a famous author as […]

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).

My Stroke of Insight

Imagine your own personal apocalypse strikes. Your mind, your body – your whole self–becomes a blank slate.

What would you recreate?

In her mind-altering book, My Stroke of Insight, neuroscientist Jill Taylor discusses this question, forced on her by a severe stroke. She describes both her stroke and her recovery. Yet she makes this journey […]

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).

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.

Dinosaur in a Haystack

[Editor’s note: Our Adult Summer Reading Program, Literary Elements, has a science theme this year, so our Next Great Read reviewers are recommending several science books over the next few months. For more about the Adult Summer Reading Program, click here.]

From 1974, almost until he died in 2002, Stephen Jay Gould wrote 300 consecutive […]

About NPLibrarian

This is the bio of the awesome NPLibrarian. Who is awesome. And whose bio is also awesome. This is another sentence. And yet another sentence. So that this looks like an actual paragraph and not just one line or even two lines. It's a proper paragraph it is. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy K9.

Are we natural-born warmongers?

In the last post we saw that human beings are a species of natural born liars. Are we also homicidal warmongers?

Not exactly, says David Livingstone Smith. The director of the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies suggests that we are neither natural born killers nor peace-lovers, but simultaneously both, and these […]

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.

Are we natural-born liars?

[Editor’s note: Our Adult Summer Reading Program, Literary Elements, has a science theme this year, so our Next Great Read reviewers will recommend several science books over the next three months. Here’s the first of them.]

“Deceit is the Cinderella of human nature, essential to our humanity but disowned by its perpetrators at […]

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.

For Bill Bryson, it’s all about the journey

Robert Redford’s long-awaited movie version of the bestseller A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, first announced in 2005, is now in production.

“A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson is available at the library in hardcover and downloadable audiobook.

Redford produced the film and stars as Bryson, with Nick Nolte playing […]

About NPLibrarian

This is the bio of the awesome NPLibrarian. Who is awesome. And whose bio is also awesome. This is another sentence. And yet another sentence. So that this looks like an actual paragraph and not just one line or even two lines. It's a proper paragraph it is. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy K9.