Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Lydia Denworth is the author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond, as well as a contributing editor for Scientific American and blogger for Psychology Today. Her work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and she lives in Brooklyn, NY.
The power of friendship--in many ways the most essential of our relationships--has long been underestimated. It's an absolute pleasure to see Lydia Denworth do it justice in this lovely, insightful, and important book.--Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Poison Squad
A sweeping, precise, and engaging narrative about our primordial capacity for friendship. If you care about what really matters in life, read this fantastic natural history of human friendship.--Nicholas A. Christakis, author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
I can think of no better rebuke to today's success-obsessed brand of parenting than Denworth's clarion call for friendship. Her convincing narration of the science shows that for our kids to live happily ever after, and successfully too, we must let them spend many more afternoons with friends.--Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult
The science of friendship has grown remarkably rich in recent years, with scientists studying everything from the chemicals that create bonds in our brains to the friendships animals make for years on end. There's a deep evolutionary story to friendship now, and Lydia Denworth tells it in clear, lyrical prose.--Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh
Friendship was once mocked as a naive notion, irrelevant in our species and nonexistent in others. In her lively, personable style, Lydia Denworth reviews what we know about the benefits of close relationships and their long evolutionary history--Frans de Waal, author of Mama's Last Hug
In addition to examining the scientific underpinnings of friendship, Denworth capably demonstrates how truly a health- and life-threatening condition, and there are things to be done to avoid it. Convincing evidence that evolution endowed us with a need for friends, support, comfort, stimulation, and, ultimately, happiness.
Critical and convincing... Denworth's work achieves the best of science writing by making complicated concepts clear. She uses intelligent observation, empathy, and curiosity to offer a friendship manifesto that will absolutely affect readers' own personal approaches to friendship.
[Denworth] has a solid command of the complex material before her and a seemingly effortless ability to make it not just digestible but engaging... [She] sticks to the science, calmly telling us the truth no matter what we need to hear. What else are friends for?--Daniel Akst
Accessible and enlightening...By highlighting the importance of human connection, Denworth has crafted a worthy call to action.--Barbara King