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

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

by Lydia Denworth


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A Next Big Idea Club Must-Read Nonfiction Book of Winter 2020 and a Real Simple Best Book of 2020

“Accessible and enlightening.… Denworth has crafted a worthy call to action.” —Washington Post

In this revelatory investigation, science journalist Lydia Denworth takes us in search of friendship’s biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations. An “expert guide” (Kathryn Bowers, New York Times Book Review), Denworth weaves past and present, field biology and neuroscience, to show how our bodies and minds are designed for friendship across life stages, the processes by which healthy social bonds are developed and maintained, and how friendship is changing in the age of social media. Now including a Q&A between the author and her close friend to guide reflection and conversation, Friendship is a clarion call for putting positive relationships at the center of our lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393541502
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/26/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 153,939
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lydia Denworth is the author of two previous books, 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, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Science 1

1 Fierce Attachment 20

2 Building a Social Brain 43

3 Friendship under the Skin 65

4 Middle School Is about Lunch 91

5 A Deep Wish for Friendship 116

6 The Circles of Friendship 138

7 Digital Friendship 163

8 Born to Be Friendly? 183

9 Deeply Built into the Brain 205

10 The Good Life, Revealed 229

Acknowledgments 253

Notes 257

Index 279

Q&A with the Author 299

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