The boy who loved too much: a true story of pathological friendliness
Simon & Schuster,
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
The poignant story of a boy's coming-of-age complicated by Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes people biologically incapable of distrust. What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? Twelve-year-old Eli D'Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting, and unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help his peers navigate adolescence more safely--and vastly more successfully. Journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli entirely from the world and its dangers or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person. By intertwining Eli and Gayle's story with the science and history of Williams syndrome, the book explores the genetic basis of behavior and the quirks of human nature. More than a case study of a rare disorder, however, The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a universal tale about the joys and struggles of raising a child, of growing up, and of being different.
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|display_description||"Twelve-year-old Eli D'Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting, and unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. This remarkable story follows Eli's coming-of-age while his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli entirely from the wold or give him the freedom to find his own way. In a vivid and sympathetic telling based on three years of immersive reporting, Jennifer Latson intertwines Eli and Gayle's story with a look a the genetic basis of behavior, revealing how insights drawn from this rare condition shine a light on what makes us all human."--|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000510383|Book|Books|First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.|English|Simon & Schuster,|2017.|x, 290 pages ; 24 cm|
|subject_facet||Friendship in children -- Case studies, Social interaction in children -- Case studies, Williams syndrome -- Patients -- Case studies|
|title_display||The boy who loved too much : a true story of pathological friendliness|
|title_full||The boy who loved too much : a true story of pathological friendliness / Jennifer Latson|
|title_short||The boy who loved too much :|
|title_sub||a true story of pathological friendliness|
|topic_facet||Friendship in children, Patients, Social interaction in children, Williams syndrome|