A conversation with the author of ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 6 p.m. Add to Calendar

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.

Journalist Jennifer Latson followed Eli over three critical years of his life as his mother, Gayle, had to choose 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 Boy Who Loved Too Much” explores the genetic basis of behavior and the quirks of human nature. Latson will discuss the book with David Medina, the director of multicultural community relations at Rice University.

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For the closest parking to the event, enter Rice’s campus by Entrance 20 from Rice Boulevard, then turn right at the Rec Center onto Laboratory Road. McNair Hall, home to the Jones Graduate School of Business, will be on your left. Turn left into the pay parking garage under McNair Hall.

The event will be held in the Rice Memorial Center (RMC), which is across Alumni Drive on the east side of McNair Hall.


Farnsworth Pavilion in the Rice Memorial Center (RMC)

6100 Main St.


David Medina