Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”



From the day her daughter was born, science journalist Marta Zaraska (Washington Post, The Atlantic) fretted about her family’s health. She fasted, considered adopting the keto diet, and ran a half-marathon. She bought goji berries and chia seeds and ate organic food. But then her research brought her to a new way of understanding, one that shattered her old beliefs about aging and longevity.

In Growing Young, Zaraska makes the case for health’s social factors: a supportive network of family and friends, volunteering, and developing a sense of purpose. In uncovering the science behind these factors, she catches wild mice in central England, arranges flowers with Japanese octogenarians, and visits a Polish hugging centre.


Bio adapted from Growing Young book jacket. Photo of Marta Zaraska from Facebook.


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