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Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Eric Klinenberg , Patrick Girard Lawlor
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2 Feb 2012
In 1950, only 22% of adults were single. Today, more than 50% of adults are. Though conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, most solo dwellers, compared with their married counterparts, are more likely to eat out and exercise, sign up for art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. Drawing on over three hundred in-depth interviews with men and women of all ages and every class, Eric Klinenberg reaches some startling conclusions about the seismic impact solo living is having on our culture, business and politics.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455124680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455124688
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,157,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book so important that it is likely to become both a popular read and a social science classic This book really will change the lives of people who live solo, and everyone else Thorough, balanced, and persuasive --Psychology Today

Klinenberg fleshes out [his] subjects with expertise and devotion --The New York Times

A groundbreaking book --The Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy and Media, Culture and Communications at New York University, and editor of the journal Public Culture. He has also contributed to popular publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME magazine and the Guardian. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars About time someone wrote about this subject! 10 Mar 2013
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A long overdue book tackling a much ignored subject well ! Food for thought ! Good at tracing the changes that have taken place over time
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By Renata
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I bought the paperback edition and should warn you that the size of the font is very small. It must be size 8 or similar. I have not read the book yet (just got it yesterday), but please be warned that the small font may be very difficult to see for those with weak eyesight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the wave of the Future---NOW! 28 Aug 2012
Going Solo
The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

By Eric Klinenberg

Who doesn't know someone who lives alone--who has for years and seems happy--is happy?

This new trend is setting an entirely new paradigm for how we live, where we live and the amenities this growing population demands. The statistics surrounding this relatively new phenomenon are staggering since for the first time in history, huge numbers of humans have started to settle down as what author Klinenberg refers to as Singletons. (Singleton is an author-created term that refers to those who live alone--no children, no romantic partner, no roommates.)

"Today, more than 50% of American adults are single--roughly one out of every seven adults--live alone."

Since living alone is so new to our society as a whole, we have no clear cut rationale to deal with it in a positive and supportive way. The old-fashioned premise, especially for women, that living alone is only a stage before landing that romantic partner is just that--old! Author Klinenberg is quick to point out that his entire study only deals with the culture of modern cities which allow for the expression of individual eccentricities and permit experiments with new ways of living.

The author's extensive research came to light and was later funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation after the publication of Heat Wave. This new social arrangement came into the public interest after the 1995 heat wave left hundreds of people in America's inner cities so isolated that they ultimately died alone. To understand how this could have happened, the best thing to do was go backwards to find the source.

"Today more that 5 million Americans under 35 have places of their own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 28 Jun 2013
By Derren
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Makes you really think about society and housing in the Western World. American book but allot to learn here in Europe
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