Alone time : four seasons, four cities, and the pleasures of solitude / Stephanie Rosenbloom
- Rosenbloom, Stephanie
- New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 
- Physical Description:
- 272 pages ; 22 cm
- Introduction: Witches and shamans -- Part I: Spring: Paris -- Food -- Café et pluie = Coffee and rain: the science of savoring -- La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin = Life is too short to drink bad wine: on eating alone -- A picnic for one in the Luxembourg Gardens: alternatives to the table -- Of oysters and chablis: servings of delight and disappointment -- Beauty -- Musée de la vie romantique: how to be alone in a museum -- Window-licking: finding your muse -- Part II: Summer: Istanbul -- Nerve -- Üsküdar: the art of anticipation -- The hamam: the importance of trying new things -- Call to prayer: learning to listen -- Loss -- The rainbow stairs of Beyoğlu: appreciation -- Before it's gone: ephemeralities -- Part III: FAll: Florence -- Silence -- Arrows and angels: games for one -- Alone with Venus: on seeing -- Knowledge -- The secret corridor: schooling yourself -- Part IV: Winter: New York -- Home -- The city: on assignment -- Sanctuaries and strangers: designing home -- Ode to the West Village -- Tips and tools for going it alone.
- "A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of traveling solo In our increasingly frantic daily lives, many people are genuinely fearful of the prospect of solitude, but time alone can be both rich and restorative, especially when traveling. Through on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveler--and even in one's own city--is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world--patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds--in ways that are difficult to do in the company of others. Alone Time is divided into four parts, each set in a different city, in a different season, in a single year. The destinations--Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York--are all pedestrian-friendly, allowing travelers to slow down and appreciate casual pleasures instead of hurtling through museums and posting photos to Instagram. Each section spotlights a different theme associated with the joys and benefits of time alone and how it can enable people to enrich their lives--facilitating creativity, learning, self-reliance, as well as the ability to experiment and change. Rosenbloom incorporates insights from psychologists and sociologists who have studied solitude and happiness, and explores such topics as dining alone, learning to savor, discovering interests and passions, and finding or creating silent spaces. Her engaging and elegant prose makes Alone Time as warmly intimate an account as the details of a trip shared by a beloved friend--and will have its many readers eager to set off on their own solo adventures"--
- 9780399562303 hardcover and 0399562303 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-272).
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment (Campus College Libraries); 2018
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