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After two divorces and more than two decades as a psychoanalyst, Falk is an expert on the concept of being a woman alone—a term she prefers because "as a distinct category within women's culture, it formally elevates our presence and status, helps us to achieve visibility and expression, and allows us to redress our marginalized state." Hyperbole aside, there's no denying that to embrace being a woman alone isn't easy in a society where "bachelors are always eligible," while " 'spinsters,' almost by definition, are ready for the dumpster." But as Falk makes clear in this useful and appealing manual, it's inaccurate, unfair and unhealthy to equate being alone with being unwanted or a failure. Some may cringe at her flowery language, but she offers plenty of evidence for her central thesis that "aloneness is an opportunity, a state brimming with potentiality, with resources for renewed life." Drawing from her own experiences, those of her patients, and examples from such writers as Marion Milner and cultural figures like Kitty Carlisle Hart, Falk offers plenty of material to help even women with partners to understand the distinction between being abandoned and choosing to be alone, and to appreciate the healing and nurturing benefits of solitude. (Mar.)
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“Florence Falk’s On My Own is a provocative, smart read for any woman who is alone, wants to be alone, or is figuring out how to be alone. An empowering, emotionally honest book that is long overdue.”
—Amy Sohn, author of Run Catch Kiss and My Old Man
“In On My Own Florence Falk bravely and soulfully invites women to reimagine aloneness—to see it as a gift rather than a failure. Her book is a call to wholeness, independence, and empowerment.”
—Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
“Finally, an insightful and powerful book that guides us towards inner freedom that is possible when we befriend aloneness. This is for all women, single or not: The stories and practical guidance offered in this book teach us about living and loving fully.”
—Tara Brach, Buddhist teacher and author of
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
From the Hardcover edition.
The fear of being alone is an extremely common one. Falk tries to show how it can be positive, by examining difficult or sad situations we all face, exploring what they mean, how... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarabeth
Great book! Been single all my life (by choice, have had 2 marriage proposals). Lots of uplifting info here.Published 4 months ago by Cheryl
Disciplining yourself to like yourself, to do activities with yourself around strangers that like the same thing is HARD!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rosita A. Artis
I highlighted dozens of passeges in this book and then promptly bought copies for my two best friends (the first recently out of a bad marriage, the second married but looking to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica dufour
Ho-hum. I only read a small portion because this author made the impression of being weak and helpless on her own. As a single mom for 16 years, I couldn't read any more.Published 12 months ago by SANDRA RIGGS
Most of us women will eventually be alone. This tells us what we need to know before this happens. A word to the wise. Thanks, mary ellenPublished 13 months ago by maryellen
An easy read with an important message. An introspective look at how the accept aloneness and the self. Worth the read!Published 17 months ago by chelsea sutphin
Ms. Falk cites authors like Marion Milner (Joanna Field), May Sarton to Margaret Atwood in regards to isolation and women's perceptions and choices.Published 18 months ago by CN