Beginning June 1st, library staff will be in the building taking phone calls from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Saturday
Materials may now be returned in the drive-up book drops accessible from Wilson Avenue

Mon – Thur: 9am to 9pm | Fri – Sat: 9am to 5pm | Sun: 1pm to 5pm
4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 | 708-867-7828
Mon – Thur: 9am to 9pm
Fri – Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm to 5pm
4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 9am to 9pm | Fri – Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 1pm to 5pm

Nerve by Eva Holland

Full disclosure requires that your book reviewer note that she and Eva Holland are friends – but your book reviewer would have kept a polite silence if her friend’s book were no good. As it happens, and to everyone’s good fortune, Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear is not only good, it’s excellent — part personal memoir, part popular science deep-dive into the methods, mechanisms, and purposes of one of humanity’s core emotions,

Nerve manages to take a light touch to what could easily be a troubling topic. Holland’s recollections of her own fear-inducing experiences (a lifelong fear of heights, a series of traumatic car accidents, and dread at the thought of her mother’s death) are related with a gentle honesty that seeks to tell the tale without unnecessarily traumatizing the reader, too. A correspondent with Outside magazine and regular contributor to outlets such as Esquire and National Geographic News, Holland has spent her life engaged in the kinds of outdoor sports that most people would frankly blanch at — the discussion of her fears from within that experience serves to further humanize an experience many of us would rather not admit we have.

We all get scared, though, and to a very real degree, Holland discovers, it’s a good thing that we do. It’s how we use and live with our fears that matters.

Read a recent New York Times interview with Eva Holland.

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Nerve by Eva Holland

Full disclosure requires that your book reviewer note that she and Eva Holland are friends – but your book reviewer would have kept a polite silence if her friend’s book were no good. As it happens, and to everyone’s good fortune, Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear is not only good, it’s excellent — part personal memoir, part popular science deep-dive into the methods, mechanisms, and purposes of one of humanity’s core emotions,

Nerve manages to take a light touch to what could easily be a troubling topic. Holland’s recollections of her own fear-inducing experiences (a lifelong fear of heights, a series of traumatic car accidents, and dread at the thought of her mother’s death) are related with a gentle honesty that seeks to tell the tale without unnecessarily traumatizing the reader, too. A correspondent with Outside magazine and regular contributor to outlets such as Esquire and National Geographic News, Holland has spent her life engaged in the kinds of outdoor sports that most people would frankly blanch at — the discussion of her fears from within that experience serves to further humanize an experience many of us would rather not admit we have.

We all get scared, though, and to a very real degree, Holland discovers, it’s a good thing that we do. It’s how we use and live with our fears that matters.

Read a recent New York Times interview with Eva Holland.

Book | Hoopla Audiobook

Categories: Blog.