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Alone Time
Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude | Stephanie Rosenbloom
A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling 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 travelling. 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 traveller--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.
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youneverarrived
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This was THE perfect book to read while travelling. As well as detailing her own adventures in Paris, Istanbul, Florence & New York she also gives insights into how to make the best of exploring a new city & how to best savour the experience. I‘m not sure if I would be brave enough to travel alone in a foreign city but I 100% admire her, and others, that do. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks Helen for this @squirrelbrain 😘

Cathythoughts Great review! Sounds lovely 👍❤️ 1w
squirrelbrain Glad you liked it! ❤️ So is NYC better than Paris, in your opinion?! 1w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 💕 I really enjoyed it. 1w
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youneverarrived @squirrelbrain Paris is still my favourite..but NY definitely comes close! 1w
squirrelbrain Ooh interesting... I adore NYC, but it *is* more than 20 years since I visited Paris. 1w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain are you planning on going back at some point? I can see what you mean about falling in love with NY though, I already want to go back 😍 be lovely to go at Christmas I think. 1w
squirrelbrain I‘ll definitely go back to Paris sometime, hopefully soon. We went to NYC at Xmas 6 years ago - loved it but I‘ve never been anywhere so busy.... 1w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain oh yeah I can imagine it being super busy around then. Bet it was amazing though 😃 1w
Joyfulmimi Wow 3d
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youneverarrived
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I‘ve been saving this one to read on my holiday in America @squirrelbrain and so far I‘m loving it.

Having a coffee and reading a bit before more sightseeing in Washington 💙

erzascarletbookgasm Happy holidays! 😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Have a lovely time Katie X 1mo
Blaire Enjoy! This book sounds lovely. 1mo
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LeahBergen Have a lovely holiday! 1mo
andrew61 Have a great time. 1mo
JennyM Have a lovely time! 1mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 thank you 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re having a lovely time! Not jealous at all... 😁 ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thanks lovely, having a great time 😘 1mo
kspenmoll I hope you are enjoying yourself!!! 1mo
youneverarrived @kspenmoll thank you 😘 having a great time! 4w
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youneverarrived
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Eee Helen I was so excited when I opened your present. I‘ve been really wanting to read this!! I genuinely can‘t wait to read it and good to know you liked it ♥️♥️ love the card and bookmark too 😘

Cathythoughts Oh how lovely! That chocolate looks divine too ! Happy Birthday Katie ♥️ 5mo
squirrelbrain Glad you like it! Hope you‘re having a fab day! 😘 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely! I have that stacked too. Happy Birthday Katie! 5mo
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JennyM Happy birthday 🥳 😘♥️ 5mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you ♥️♥️ 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I love it 💕 it‘s been a great day 😁 5mo
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm it sounds really good doesn‘t it! Thank you Jessie 😘 5mo
youneverarrived @JennyM thank you hun 😘 5mo
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readtheworld
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Really enjoyed this one on audio — it‘s a mix of travel memoir and research on the merits of solitude. Set in #Paris, #Istanbul, #Florence, and #Manhattan.

#audiobook #travel #nonfiction #readtheworld

CouronneDhiver Oh, I‘m intrigued. 7mo
NatalieR Seems like a perfect read for me! 7mo
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scripturient
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I really enjoyed this! Thanks for recommending it, @squirrelbrain Rosenbloom mixes memoir with observations on foreign cultures and theories on why it is good for us to spend time alone. As someone who really values her alone time I found myself in so many of the pages of this book. Highly recommend!

Mitch I love alone time, and travelling.. so adding it to the TBR! 7mo
scripturient @Mitch The last chapter is actually on NYC so maybe something for the plane? :) 7mo
Mitch @scripturient 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
squirrelbrain Phew, I‘m glad you liked it after I raved about it so much! @Mitch - I actually preferred the chapter on Paris, which I know you also love! 7mo
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scripturient
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Look what you made me do, @squirrelbrain 😁 This came in the post today. 😁

julesG I bought the ebook this morning. @squirrelbrain 😁 7mo
scripturient @julesG 😂🙌🏻 7mo
squirrelbrain Sorry, not sorry at all 😁 @julesG @scripturient - I just hope it lives up to expectations now 😲🤞 7mo
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scripturient @squirrelbrain I‘m sure it will. Sounded like it‘s right up my alley. 😊 7mo
Oryx I'm definitely getting this one soon too @squirrelbrain ! 😀 7mo
scripturient @squirrelbrain I LOVE that hashtag!!! 😂❤️ 7mo
Fridameetslucy I‘m going to see if it‘s in audible - sounds like a great knit and read book. 7mo
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squirrelbrain
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One of my favourite books I‘ve read this year. Stephanie spends Spring in Paris, Summer in Istanbul, Autumn in Florence and Winter in New York.

She not only writes about her travels but also about being alone, why it‘s good for us and how we can make the most of ‘Alone Time‘.

I need to have a re-read already to note down all of the little shops, streets and gardens in Paris....

Perfect for Littens!
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TrishB This sounds great. Stacked 👍🏻 7mo
scripturient I ordered this this morning because of your recommendation. :) 7mo
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scripturient
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Time for our amazing Litsy #readingretreat at Gladstone‘s Library. 😍😍😍 @squirrelbrain @RachelO @Oryx @Mitch @julesG @Leniverse @jhod @eraderneely

Crazeedi Oh how I wish I were there! 7mo
laurenbescoby Absolutely stunning! Wish I could have been there ❤ 7mo
Oryx So pretty! Can't wait to get there! 7mo
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JSW This sounds amazing! 7mo
tammysue Love these pictures, you all have a wonderful time! 7mo
Soubhiville Have a wonderful time! 7mo
ScientistSam What a lovely idea! Have a great time 😀 7mo
BarbaraJean 😍Have a glorious reading weekend!! 7mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 still jealous! 7mo
Gaylagal2 I'm so jealous of you all! It looks amazing and what a special trip. Wish we did that here in the US. Enjoy your special weekend 🤙 7mo
tpixie So lovely! #LitsyMeetUp 7mo
MaGoose @Gaylagal2 I know, I was just thinking the same thing. I'd love to do a reading retreat sometime this year. 7mo
DivineDiana This is amazing! ❤️ 7mo
ephemeralwaltz How awesome does this sound?! 7mo
scripturient @ephemeralwaltz It was amazing! You should come along next year. Check Mitch‘s post for details or search the hashtag #readingretreat 😊 7mo
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squirrelbrain
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Adore this book already! Ok, Ok, I admit i haven‘t even left home yet for the #readingretreat and I‘ve started reading it already, but who could fail to love a book that starts like this....

Leniverse Very fitting! I just got on the train and I'm enjoying my alone time. Now to start a book! 7mo
RachelO Lovely! I hadn‘t heard of this one. 7mo
Chrissyreadit I am so jealous of your train system right now. 7mo
Soubhiville Sounds like a really cool book. Have a wonderful time! 7mo
youneverarrived Have a lovely time 💕 7mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I love to travel and don't mind going alone. Hope everyone gives this a go! #audio

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Twocougs
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There are times when I am convinced the book you need, finds you. This one did. Pleasures of solitude says it all.❤️

Heatherfeather Lovely lovely review 13mo
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Flaneurette
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Went for a walk with my kindle today, can‘t seem to acquire an affection for audiobooks but I really need to get some exercise. Anyone else a #readwalker ?

TheSpineView Yes! I find it makes the exercise go faster. 1y
Hoopiefoot I used to take my Latin flash cards for walks in college. 😀 1y
Taylor Audiobooks annoy me 1y
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Christine
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I really enjoyed this! Appealing premise, well researched and written, lots of lush description - everything I want out of a travel memoir with a social science twist. I fully appreciated the message that deliberate, mindful travel alone - even as a tourist in your own city - can be fun, meaningful, and transformative. ❤️

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Jen2
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Enjoyed it

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Librarybelle
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This sounded so intriguing that I bought a copy for the library‘s collection and checked it out...

RadicalReader @Librarybelle a book called alone time is definitely how one feels when they have picked up a book, they‘re perfectly at peace and feel utter satisfaction 1y
BookishMe Yes, love the title too! 1y
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Librarybelle @BookishMe It‘s great! 1y
k.reads Ah, the perks of librarianship 😁 1y
Librarybelle @k.reads Ha...true! 1y
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