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Posted April 26, 2007
Not Just for Single Women
I decided to purchase this book after reading a review in a magazine. I'm not single, but my husband is frequently gone for months at a time for his work. His leaving typically fills me with a bit of dread and saddness. I realized that before I was married being 'On My Own' was something that I rather enjoyed at times and didn't cause me to feel such a void. The book shows you various reasons that being alone can cause fear, from childhood experiences with aloneness to experiences as a teen and young adult. You also become more aware of the ways society, our culture and upbringing have caused you to turn away from your true self and to see aloneness as undesirable. I read this book from cover to cover in 2 days. The personal stories from various women were touching and examples of childhood experiences seemed as if they could have been written specifically about me. I have to say that now I'm almost looking forward to my husband's next long business weekend. I feel as if I've gained something from reading 'On My Own', and feel a spark of excitement at the idea of spending some quality alone time that I now realize will enrich and help increase my sense of self. I don't think I'll ever look forward to his trips that are months long, however, I think I'll be better able to deal with them. Who knows, maybe I'll start grad school! This book seems to be for all women reguardless of your current life situation. This is one of the most powerful books I've read, it truly reaffirms who you are as a women. If I can take all this from 'On My Own' as a happily married woman, I can't imagine that there couldn't be something here for everyone.
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