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One's Company: Reflections On Living Alone

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A feisty, heartening, eloquent anatomy of being on one's own.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Akadine Press (first published 1992)
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Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holland tackles the solo life in this book. I don’t know how to classify it. Memoir? Humor? Advice? It is certainly full of truths about living alone. For example: the silence ticks like a bomb, solitude is a lot more enjoyable if it’s voluntary, dining alone is the pits, and children and cats are with you only temporarily but cats are cheaper to take care of. Chapters cover friends, lovers, children, home, work, depression, anxiety and alternatives to living alone. Although many sections made m ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf
All right. Some good ideas. Mostly not much help.
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the great pleasures of reading is that someone else, somewhere else, has felt exactly as we have felt-- and has expressed those feelings as vibrantly as we could ever hope to do.

Outside of self-help books and perhaps some contemporary chic-lit. there seem not to be many books that speak to the life of a single person. Barbara Holland does so with understanding, kindness, and droll humor.
A perfect book for reading while drinking coffee (alone)in the sunshine. Or when at home (alone), under
Jul 14, 2007 added it
It's interesting that's for sure. Her takes on single women living alone are a little out dated but it's insightful none the less. I have a very early edition so maybe later editions give a different take. Actually as single woman completely unattached and soon to enter my 30's, it actually scared me a bit.
Avis Black
Jan 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This is not a book about solitude, it's a book about how the author hates being alone. She's approaches the state with extreme timidity and lots of mediocre reflection. It's not often I despise a book but I can't stand this one.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This really is the perfect post-breakup book. The cover makes it look like a bad self-help manual from the 80s, but there's actually a lot of witty, insightful, and non-cliched advice on how to draw personal power from the single life.
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: social-issues
One of the bleakest books I've read and without reason. Holland takes an unneccessarily depressing, and often unrealistic, tone about living alone.
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Barbara Murray Holland was an American author who wrote in defense of such modern-day vices as cursing, drinking, eating fatty food and smoking cigarettes, as well as a memoir of her time spent growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.

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