In the fascinating way that some of the best writers--Michael Pollan comes to mind--combine science with specifics to illuminate their prose, Drs. Olds and Schwartz have written a book rich with studies and science, then relate that, using real human dramas, to so many of the specific dilemmas everyday people face. In a world where people increasingly seem to be retreating behind electronics, The Lonely American highlights the risks of such behavior and the patterns people get into that make it so hard to reconnect. This is a book to share and to think about. It reminds us of how our children can suffer from not being part of a group, and how our parents can suffer from the loneliness of widowhood, and the loss of friends that comes with aging. This is the kind of book you want to buy multiple copies of, so you'll have one on hand for a friend who needs to read it. This is also a book that will make you want to put it down, pick up the phone, and reconnect yourself.