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Going Solo

The Pleasures of Being Single

It’s spring, and love is in the air, or so the poets (and scientists) say. Look around and everyone seems to be holding hands or walking around with dreamy smiles on their faces. Except you. If you’re not swayed by the giddiness of the season and aren’t looking for a spring fling or a potential partner, you might appreciate some books dedicated to celebrating, examining and enjoying the single life.

What a Time to be Alone: the Slumflower’s Guide to Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue
If you’re in need of quick, easy-to-digest wisdom and reminders of your own self-worth, Chidera Eggerue’s book reads like no-nonsense advice from a trusted friend. Grow into yourself and show yourself some compassion; move past seeking approval from others; and more. Eggerue (aka the Slumflower) is an award-winning blogger, and the book includes her own illustrations and proverbs from her Nigerian mother.

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
In 2009, the year Rebecca Traister started working on this book, the percentage of women who were married dropped below 50 percent. Though Traister was initially going to focus her work on single women in the 21st century, she discovered through her research that significant social changes went hand in hand with increasing women’s independence outside of marriage. While the focus is on “all the single ladies,” the book also talks about class, race, sexual orientation and more.

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom
Part memoir, part travel guide, Rosenbloom reflects on her time spent solo traveling in different seasons. The four cities she highlights - Paris, Florence, New York, and Istanbul - are all pedestrian friendly and invite casual exploration and savoring of new experiences. Through her recollection of her own travels, she incorporates research into the benefits of traveling alone, such as more time to explore and discover one’s own interests or passions at leisure, as well as finding time for silence and reflection.

Going Solo: the Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg
More than 50 percent of Americans are now single, which is a huge shift since 1950, when only 22 percent of adults were single. Because of this, more people are living on their own, one of the greatest societal shifts since the post-war baby boom of the 1950s. Klinenberg, a professor of sociology at New York University, takes a look at how this change is affecting the economy, politics and more. He also highlights the benefits and some surprising data about those who live alone, including that they may be more likely to be involved in their communities.

The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones
Judith Jones was an editor for Julia Child and James Beard, and a contributor to Saveur, Bon Appetit and Gourmet, among others. With this wealth of cooking expertise and experience at her disposal, she guides you through stocking your kitchen, as well as learning essential recipes to keep in your back pocket - like homemade tomato sauce and stocks for soup. Even better, she shows how cooking for one gives room for improvisation and flexibility. After all, if a dish fails, you’re the only one who will know!