One's Company: Reflections on Living Alone

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Is living alone a lonely life? Sometimes. But it can also prove to he wonderfully unpredictable, offering freedom and independence in a way that nothing else can. Author Barbara Holland knows what it means to live alone in a world full of complexities and demands; she has lived alone for years. In One's Company, she confronts the reality at the core of solitary living, with honesty and courage. In this heartening volume dedicated to fellow "solitaries," Holland shares her no-nonsense way of thinking. She reminds ...
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Overview

Is living alone a lonely life? Sometimes. But it can also prove to he wonderfully unpredictable, offering freedom and independence in a way that nothing else can. Author Barbara Holland knows what it means to live alone in a world full of complexities and demands; she has lived alone for years. In One's Company, she confronts the reality at the core of solitary living, with honesty and courage. In this heartening volume dedicated to fellow "solitaries," Holland shares her no-nonsense way of thinking. She reminds us that living alone isn't always easy, but it's a situation that can be mastered and even, at times, enjoyed. With grace and good humor, Ms. Holland shares the thoughts that delight and the things that disturb, and offers a philosophy that anyone who lives alone will savor. Holland's advice also makes One's Company a unique guide to the practical side of living alone. Included are life lessons that it's never too late to learn, such as how to install a door lock or figure a tip. And there are comforting words on taking care of yourself when you're sick or simply hungry that will banish helplessness from your vocabulary and your life.
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Holland ( Secrets of the Cat ) seemingly never got over her divorce of some years ago. In a book so melancholic it's a downer, she reflects on the single state, offering such banalities as ``Doing is important. We are what we do.'' On the occasions when she does take an upbeat position, invariably she counters it with an ``on the other hand'' observation: she notes that solitaries have more opportunities for expanding their social circle, for example, then admits meeting people who aren't troubled is a problem. Solitaries--i.e., women without men--often don't understand the machinery of their surroundings, determines Holland, so she instructs them on how to repair a lock and change a fuse; because she thinks they don't eat properly, she offers recipes for dishes like tamale pie. Solitaries, Holland assumes, flounder, need ways to ``fasten themselves to the world,'' want guidance on how to make the afternoon pass. Those with time on their hands, however, would do better not to look to Holland to fill it. (June)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781888173086
  • Publisher: Akadine Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Common Reader Editions Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 255

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