Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond (A FAN Program with Lydia Denworth)

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Lydia Denworth, author of the 2020 book, Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond. Ms. Denworth will deliver a keynote address. This IN PERSON event is free and open to the public.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

About the Book: The phenomenon of friendship is universal and elemental. Friends, after all, are the family we choose. But what makes these bonds not just pleasant but essential, and how do they affect our bodies and our minds? Award-winning science journalist Lydia Denworth’s Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond is a revelatory investigation of friendship, with profound implications for our understanding of what humans and animals alike need to thrive across a lifetime. Adam Grant, Ph.D. (FAN ’14, ’16) named Friendship one of the best leadership books of 2020.

Denworth takes us in search of friendship’s biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations. She finds friendship to be as old as early life on the African savannas—when tribes of people grew large enough for individuals to seek fulfillment of their social needs outside their immediate families. She meets scientists at the frontiers of brain and genetics research and discovers that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, our genomes, and our cardiovascular and immune systems; its opposite, loneliness, can kill. Denworth shows 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.

About the Author: Lydia Denworth is an award-winning science journalist. She is a contributing editor at Scientific American and the author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, which was named one of the best leadership books of 2020 by Adam Grant, Ph.D. and called “the best of science writing” by Booklist. She is also co-author, with Dana Suskind, MD, of the New York Times bestseller Parent Nation, and has written two other books of popular science: I Can Hear You Whisper and Toxic Truth. Her work has also appeared in The AtlanticNew York TimesWall Street JournalNewsweekTime, and many other publications.

Event date: 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Regina Dominican High School
O'Shaughnessy Theater, 701 Locust Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond By Lydia Denworth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393541502
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 26th, 2021

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