We are creatures of habit, and that is never more evident as in the advent of a new year when we swear to new habits as we discard old ones. Despite our best intentions, perhaps it is the very habit of our habits that could use a New Year’s resolve. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan examined how our comfortable habits...Read More
Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us about Success and Failure The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 BCE, is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his Roman enemies made on the battlefield and in life offer timeless lessons to us today about how we should respond...Read More
These days we are besieged by alarming events, those unfolding in our own backyard and in the yards of far-flung places. We seek refuge from our angst of what is and what might be.
Mental escape is one popular way to cope with worries and as bibliophiles can attest, books are a magical escape route. But, can they provide more than that? Do books offer a novel therapy during turbulent times—in both the literal and figurative sense?
If that seems like hyperbole, consider how well books can influence our perspective on the world or alter our mood; they can engender ideas, tap into emotions, and motivate behaviors—results we often seek from traditional treatments and remedies.Read More
Shop Indie Bookstores Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics–curiosity–as he explores our innate desire to know why. Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation–where they can know only one side of the dialogue–than when they...Read More
Shop Indie Bookstores The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel A “New York Times “Top-Ten Book of 2004 Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Nearly 25 years after “Housekeeping,” Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and...Read More