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Publisher Description

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.

Science & Nature
January 28
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Reading In Brooklyn ,

Be a better friend—it will literally makes you feel better!

This book is a must read! Both beautifully written and engaging, it makes a compelling case for why friends are critical to all aspects of our physical and emotional life. While this is a "science" and not a self-help book, it is one that, if you take its message to heart, will change your life in important and positive ways. Weaving personal stories together with a clear and interesting explanation of the science of friendship, the book is a pleasure to read. Given how important and timely this subject is, it is no surprise that it was named one of 6 must-read nonfiction books for Winter 2020 by the Next Big Idea Club (a.k.a. Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain and Dan Pink). Read this book, hug your friends and commit to being a better friend going forward--it will literally make you feel better.

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