Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

I am going to New Hampshire for a long weekend with my husband’s family, and as others have done this week, I’m posting the books I’m taking with me:

The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, about the intellectual comraderie of Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood, James Watt, Matthew Boulton, and Joseph Priestley

Paris to the Moon, essays on being an American living in Paris by Adam Gopnik, who wrote the “Paris Journals” for the New Yorker

Freedom Evolves, Daniel Dennett’s latest book, in which he argues that “there is indeed such a thing as free will, but it “is not a preexisting feature of our existence, like the law of gravity.””