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Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg – review

It was more along the line: And during the research for that book, I got to spend some time learning about the rise of living alone, and specifically aging alone. The Attraction of Solitude. Feb 11, Alison Whiteman rated it goimg liked it. I came to see it as a social experiment, because what I learned, surprisingly, is that until about the s, there was no society in the history of our species that supported large numbers of people living alone.

America’s Most Revolutionary Artist. The nursing homes and other facilities are far from ideal for these people, and the society has not made much progress in improving the situation while the baby boomers are approaching this life stage.

The rise of Latchkey Kids and private rooms within the home is an international experience. The book never lagged or slowed down. The book did give me much hope that this rise in single-person households may hold great potential for our societies, more than enough to offset the downsides giong discussed–and that, like it or not, it’s here to stay, so maybe we should stop building cities and suburbs primarily for nuclear families.

Photo of the Day. Trump witnessed the physical devastation and human suffering in person. I live alone, and eight months ago had an unexpected and lingering health issue that left me mentally sound and even physically capable but, due to medical restrictions on driving and the occasional recurrence, I spent that time much more dependent on others than I ever wanted.

Klinenbeeg — single room occupancy facilities — started in the s as “plain hotels for plain people”, but are now essentially hostels for capitalism’s casualties.

Overall, I would recommend Going Solo, especially to someone who lived or was interested in living alone due to the fair treatment of the topic, especially with regards to information about the challenges of living alone as a elderly or disabled individual.


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Klineberg spends more time talking about other constituencies that are living alone more and more, including the poor especially men and the elderly.

The old-fashioned premise, especially for women, that living alone is only a stage before landing that romantic partner is just that—old!

It is both interesting and informative. His argument that solo living actual promotes social interaction and civic eeric is convincing, even without my own experience having told me the same thing. They have a point to prove to themselves and others. Again, I think the research is not finalized because of the lack of information about people with disabilities. It was extremely well-written, and so spot on that I found myself saying, “I know right?! Author Klinenberg is quick to point out that his entire goig only deals with the culture of modern cities which allow for the expression of individual eccentricities and permit experiments with new ways of living.

Nov 05, Gretchen rated it did not like it Shelves: On the contrary, she went on to 2 more very successful and very different careers after that and loved her new life!

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Going Solo is a really informative book on the challenges of living alone in cities at various stages of life. Solo living, as soli by the happily married Klinenberg, resembles nothing so much as youth hostelling in the s, complete with the whiff of other peoples’ socks.

It’s not difficult to guess how it must have looked from the author’s point of view at that time; and that his initial intention was far from advocating for this rising lifestyle.

Or telling us story of a lonely woman who hoarded junks, considered her two dogs the only things she had, died alone in the hospital, then ask us not to feel pity towards her. Sep 01, Alison added it Klinfnberg This was a pretty good read. solk

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg, in Going Solo which just moved into paperbackexamines the unprecedented increase in the number of people living alone. On a individual level, for people who grew up middle class, living alone is a natural evolution which begins when they are children or even infants and dwell primarily in their own bedrooms.


This inspired some people to create political action groups focused on the needs of gojng living alone.

He states that it is something that is happening with more and more frequency all on it’s on, and explores reasons why. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Middle-age adults believe that living alone is important after a divorce or separation, because it helps them regain their autonomy and self-control.

The New York Times Oct 3: When she’s not here, I get to enjoy that space and solitude, recharge and connect with friends and work on causes dear to me, but I also feel like I accidentally forgot my left arm somewhere.

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Instead he looks at the flinty data and concludes that an upsurge of settled singles is a symptom of a society’s growing wealth, like owning cars or eating meat.

Actually I don’t know why. We believe in self-reliance, but we also long for community. I am very happy to have had that time, both when I was both single and living solo and when I was only one or the other. Jan 29, Pages. You can be at home, on your couch, talking on the telephone, klinenbegg instant messaging, or doing email, or many, many things that we do at home to stay connected. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Inonly 22 percent of American adults were single.

Not to mention, mixing interviews of people who live alone for reason of voing with those who do it to avoid troublesome relationships or social anxieties will likely give readers an overall negative picture of people who live gooing. There are three groups of such people. I am so glad that I read this book, if for no other reason than to find out that I’m not alonepun intended.

Adjusting to married life and motherhood, dealing with that lack of solitude has been the hardest for klimenberg.

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