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Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics Hardcover – January 6, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition first Printing edition (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006057898X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060578985
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The morning after Cagen, founding editor of the independent magazine To-Do List, attended a "New Year's Eve Party Totally Devoid of [the] Midnight Kiss," she had what she calls a "spontaneous exclamation." She and her friends were "quirkyalones." The word came to her fully formed, and in this zany, untraditional book, she explains the word and the movement it spawned. "Quirkyalone stands in opposition to saccharine, archaic notions of romantic love. It stands for self-respect, independent spirit, creativity, true love, and confidence," Cagen writes, her words echoing with the uplifting message that it's not strange to be single; rather, single is the new norm. Cagen speaks out against dating for the sake of being in a couple and highlights the celebrities who fit and don't fit the quirkyalone mold (Oprah: "of course"; Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks: "[E]nemies of quirkyalones everywhere"). The primary text is spiced up with quotes that zip sideways along the margins, profiles of self-proclaimed quirkyalones, rough pencil drawings and jazzy lists, and the book ends on a suitably quirky note-with a short story Cagen wrote when she was 13. Fun, inspirational and provocative, this book is the perfect antidote to the Valentine's-inspired coupling craze.
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Review

“Cagen’s up to something that could be as important for women (and men) as The Feminine Mystique was years ago...” (--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America)

“Fun, inspirational and provocative, this book is the perfect antidote to the Valentine’s-inspired coupling.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Cagen is not against setups or dating…She is emphatically not against sex. Rather, she is ‘anti dull relationship.’” (--New York Times Sunday Styles, 11/29/03)

“We need to give credence to the nonsexual relationships...the idea of having significant others instead of a significant other.” (--Sasha Cagen, from US News & World Report, 10/6/03)

“Cagen has put her finger on [society’s] pulse…a positive spin on flying solo.” (Toronto Globe & Mail)

More About the Author

Sasha Cagen is an author and entrepreneur who builds communities around passions and new ideas. She is most well known for coining the term 'quirkyalone,' a person who prefers singledom to dating for the sake of dating.

Her first book Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics (Harper San Francisco, 2004), a singles manifesto for a new generation, spawned a holiday, International Quirkyalone Day (Feb. 14), a growing alternative to Valentine's Day that celebrates all forms of love, an online community, and a movement. Find out more at quirkyalone.net.


Sasha's second book is To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Us (Simon & Schuster, 2007), a collection of 100 real, handwritten lists and the stories behind them. She began collecting lists as the founding editor and publisher of To-Do List, a print magazine that used the idea of a to-do list to explore details of modern life, and became fascinated by them because they are such a window into our everyday lives.

Among other major recognition, To-Do List was named Best New Magazine of 2000 in Utne's Alternative Press Awards, Reader's Choice.

She continued the project on todolistblog.com, a blog that publishes handwritten lists.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book; and I have to friends and strangers alike!
Kimberly Stypula
Not only does it contain a fantastic message, but "Quirkyalone" is a really fun book to read.
Amazon Customer
As one knows, you can be more alone in a bad relationship than you ever could on your own!
Cheryl McMahon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. Willis on September 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a great book and actually has an important message. We no longer need to be defined by our relationship history, current status or future plans. I think we are living in extraordinary times where a significant portion of the population are starting to make choices like this and that the trend will grow in direct proportion to our increased freedom and flexibility around relationships. However, the book is way too cute and fluffy and probably in the next few years Ms Cagen will be putting out some more weightier books. The other thing was that half the "quirky alone" bios were of people in their 20's and frankly unless you've had the hairy experience of singledom in your 30's you don't know anything.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on January 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was thrilled to find this book after visiting the Quirkyalone website and discovering through taking their simple test I am VERY, VERY quirkyalone. All this time I just thought I was different than most people I met!!
I found this book comforting, hilarious, mind opening and connecting.
The biographies of other quirkyalones and the chapter on quirkytogethers was especially excellent, since being a quirkyalone does not mean you are a recluse, its more like you are comfortable with solitude AND enjoy company.
No wonder I never fared well on the Myers-Briggs when it came to "Am I Extroverted or Introverted?" I am quirkyalone! I love parties and people AND I need to be alone, too.
Ironically, I found this book in the "Relationships" section of the bookstore, which gave me a good laugh.
Read this book and give it as a gift to anyone you know who fits the profile. They will be glad, as I was, to know that I am no longer "alone" in my status as contented, peaceful quirkytogether quirkyalone!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sara may on January 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
i went to a reading by the author in san francisco last night, she was hysterical! what i like about the book is that it isn't just "rah-rah, being single is fantastic" , but looks at some of the more complex, darker (and very funny) aspects of single life too. i also like that it's very antidotal, and has a lot of different people's stories. definitely a fun read!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After I bought the book, I took a bath and spent all day reading it. Writing about women and dating is usually so generic and boring-we must follow the rules or treat relationships like business deals. Uggh! This book creates a new term and a new liberating way to look at ourselves. Although I am in a relationship, I can identify with many of the ideas of quirkyalone-cultivating a relationship with myself comes first for me and I love the way she talks about how important friendship is in life. I used to read the author's To-Do List zine and this magazine shows her zinester spirit. Maybe some people want heavy sociological reading on relationships, but to me the do-it-yourself spirit rocks. It has lots of real people's stories, cool lists and just plain funny, strange elements-I hate how polished some books are so that you can't see any of the real stuff. This book has the lightness of a good women's magazine (without being a sell-out on how to be great in bed or land a guy) and the grittiness of a zine. I really liked hearing about Sasha's life and I identified with the other quirkyalones. This book made me happy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dancegypsy on January 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I came across the term Quirkyalone while reading the weekly "What's Going On" paper. It was about the upcoming International Quirkyalone Day and the QA idea. I knew then that the ideas being described were describing me, and from that day forward, I stopped wondering what I was doing wrong in trying to find and keep relationships with the opposite sex. I'm much happier since I let that go.

This book doesn't have the answers, but it's got some great questions to ponder and matters for debate. All I needed once I knew the term was that I wasn't alone.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mir on January 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
By the time I discovered this book, it had already begun to dawn on me that perhaps I didn't NEED to be in a relationship to be happy, that just maybe what others call "too picky" is really exquisite self-awareness, and that life could be exciting, joyful, and filled with unending possibility once I learned to stop twisting myself into the shape society says we should take and be the real Me instead.

Sasha Cagen gave my journey a name: Quirkyalone.

While I may quibble with a few of the particulars she lays out, the bigger picture she has tapped into is clearly something deep and very important and deserving of attention. I hope that people aren't put off by the "alone" part of the title, because it is not at all about loneliness or isolation. Rather, it's about being courageously and unapologetically true to oneself and living life on one's own terms.

For those of us who feel we've already arrived, this book is comforting validation. For those who seek greater independence and fulfillment in their lives, it just may help lead the way.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book changed my life. It's one of the most unique books I've ever read--chock full of images, lists, quirkyalone mottos, advice, mad libs, and more! It's fun, insightful, quirky, and perfect. Cagen does a great job letting us know that we should embrace ourselves whether we are single or coupled.
It's the perfect antidote to patronizing books such as "The Rules" and "The Surrendered Single." I'm going to buy a copy for all of my friends and family members (especially the ones that are constantly bugging me about finding "the one")!
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