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W. Thomas Boyce - "The Orchid and the Dandelion"

W. Thomas Boyce - "The Orchid and the Dandelion"

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

7555 Draper Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Warwick's and the La Jolla Riford Library Present

Dr. W. Thomas Boyce

to discuss and sign his new book

The Orchid and the Dandelion

on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00PM

at the La Jolla Riford Library

7555 Draper Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037

  • This event is free and open to the public; limited open seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event.
  • Check-in begins at 6:15PM.
  • Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.



In Tom Boyce's extraordinary new book, he explores the "dandelion" child (hardy, resilient, healthy), able to survive and flourish under most circumstances, and the "orchid" child (sensitive, susceptible, fragile), who, given the right support, can thrive as much as, if not more than, other children. Boyce writes of his pathfinding research as a developmental pediatrician working with troubled children in child-development research for almost four decades, and explores his major discovery that reveals how genetic make-up and environment shape behavior. He writes that certain variant genes can increase a person's susceptibility to depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and antisocial, sociopathic, or violent behaviors. But rather than seeing this "risk" gene as a liability, Boyce, through his daring research, has recast the way we think of human frailty, and has shown that while these "bad" genes can create problems, they can also, in the right setting and the right environment, result in producing children who not only do better than before but far exceed their peers. Orchid children, Boyce makes clear, are not failed dandelions; they are a different category of child, with special sensitivities and strengths, and need to be nurtured and taught in special ways. And in The Orchid and the Dandelion, Boyce shows us how to understand these children for their unique sensibilities, their considerable challenges, their remarkable gifts.