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Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781594203220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594203220
  • ASIN: 1594203229
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,017 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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I'm sure this is a good book. But the publishers have made the writing so small and feint that I can't be bothered squinting my eyes for hours to get through the messages in there. I've given up after 2 chapters.
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It is really worth reading it. It makes you think a lot.
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If you live in the USA it's probably fine, but for a Brit like me this book was so American as to be almost useless, the examples and language are American, most of it felt irrelevant and some of it was incomprehensible - for example 'Another popular forum is for singles to discuss discrimination in the real estate market. This is a particular problem in cities with a lot of cooperative apartments, because in these buildings prospective buyers have to be approved by private boards whose members may not believe that those living a "singles lifestyle" make appropriate neighbours....The agent steered her away from them... Exasperated, Sherri decided to switch brokers'. I was exasperated too. It reads like a postgrad thesis that the author has tried to make more accessible by using lots of examples, but for me these had the opposite effect. There are a few references to Europe and particularly Scandinavia but these amount to a few pages altogether. Although some of the points are more general, overall it was so foreign as to be unreadable and eventually I gave up.
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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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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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Excellent book.
Really liked the way Klinenberg writes from a neutral viewpoint and just examines the facts and suggests causal explanations without bias.
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