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Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Happy Singlehood charts a way forward for singles to live life on their terms, and shows how everyone, single or coupled, can benefit from accepting solo living.

Based on personal interviews, quantitative analysis, and extensive review of singles' writings and literature, author Elyakim Kislev uncovers groundbreaking insights on how unmarried people create satisfying lives
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Published February 2019 by University of California Press
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Sean Helvey
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book put words to something I’ve been feeling for a long time! Eye opener.
Joan DelFattore
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an author who writes about single life in the U.S., I was eager to read this book as soon as I heard about it. It did not disappoint. Drawing data from multiple cultures, it documents the growth of single life as a global phenomenon, illustrating not only differences but also astonishing similarities among disparate social groups. In addition to presenting evidence to show how well singles fare in life despite the obstacles they face, Kislev pushes the envelope to speculate about future trend ...more
Crystal Ponti
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy (NetGalley) of "Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living." The stories and statistics resonated on multiple levels - from witnessing some of my own family members struggle with the stereotyping that comes with choosing to remain permanently single after losing a spouse to an illness or divorce to my own lifelong internal battle of choosing marriage over single life. "Happy Singlehood" takes the narrative of solo living ...more
Mati Gurten
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with a lot of insight. Especially in these times of social change and and nonconformism. Really helped me put a lot of abstract concepts I had had in my mind forever into words.

I would really like a sequel that explores the possibility of a world where the family cell and monogamic relationships have ceased to exist. I am single by choice, because I don't see how being in a relationship is the most effective way to live a happy life. I'd love for that angle to be explored more in dept
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was going through tough times in my life until this book came in my way. It showed me that there is a way to live full life while being single. Reading the book, I started to be open to the various possibilities exist out there. I am very thankful for reading this one!
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable examination of all the ways single people live happily ever after despite discrimination and societal shortsightedness.
Jessica Sacks
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book. As Kislev points out, most people, when asked to name groups that are subject to discrimination and prejudice do not automatically name singles. Yet the negative stereotyping, overt and subtle social exclusion, and discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere, faced by single people is constant and often goes unchallenged.

Kislev cites interviews and statistical data to show that the growing trend towards long periods of singleness is both inevitable and potentially a
Rachel Suzanne
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Singles
Shelves: singleness
I had heard really good things about this book and wasn't disappointed. I am always looking for new books to read that have a positive view on singleness. I was really impressed by the quantitative research done to write this book. I think this book will really appeal to anyone interested in singleness but more specifically to people who like facts with evidence.

The focus of this book is "What does a happy single hood look like?" The interviewees were generally 30+. The author confronts some of
Fry (Evra) Morgan
This is what happens when academics try to write pop books.
As a happy single, I was curious about the mechanics of my preference for being single. This book was like a long, too long, blog post attempting to summarize a random assortment of research findings in layperson’s terms. There’s also a bunch of anecdotes about random single people excerpted from their social media or interviews with them. OK, so there are other people out there like me. I know that.
Then there’s the concept of “singlism.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is nuanced in its analysis on single hood.

It references back to multiple studies regularly and stories from interviews and blogs. This could definitely resonate with people choosing to be single or those single by circumstance.

It also briefs the reader in the beginning, what’s it is about and really outlines the way the book is going to be.

I found that there was a lot of chapters/ideas to contemplate, and I found a lot of aha moments. So many ideas are making sense now. They’re in w
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As3 Na70
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are single at heart, this book will help you in finding the vocabularies to help explain and justify those anger and confusion reside within amid our society (that is still) strongly obsessed with (heteropatriarchal) coupling. If you are not single or is single but looking, and trying to understand that friend being persistent in their singlehood, this book is also for you.

More research and attention should be dedicated to the subtle and widely accepted discrimination that is singlism, a
Craig Wynne
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! This book really captures the essence of singlehood today. I especially loved the interviews he conducts, which gather a wide range of perspectives on being single. I've read it three times and have used it in my composition classes, which are themed around singlehood. Students in my How to be Single and Happy class also enjoy it. ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book and find it enlighting and interesting.
I'm having a very traditional family. and being single is a constant burden in family meetings, this book taught me to accept my singlehood and have peace with that.

Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look at singledom
Well-researched and laid out. A quick, fascinating read that covers all types of singlehood!
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I'm single and I love this book because it explores singlehood and what the author refers to as solo living today.
It's an engaging read, starts out with in-depth statistics, research and slowly builds up with stories that made it quite a delight to read. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC.
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Elyakim Kislev has a PhD in sociology from Columbia University and holds three master's degrees in counseling, public policy, and sociology. He received the prestigious U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellowship and the Award for Outstanding Fulbright Scholars. Kislev is currently a faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University, specializing in minorities ...more

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