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Rufus (Party of One) investigates why in a time when no population anywhere has ever been so free... somehow we all feel stuck, sorting various feelings of paralysis into six major categories: we are stuck in the past, stuck in the present, creatures of habit, addicted to trauma, co-dependent and unwilling to find job fulfillment. Almost immediately, the author becomes hopelessly tangled in an entire nation's neuroses that won't conform to neat classifications that are meant to accommodate afflictions as diverse as shellshock, obesity, procrastination, infidelity and being constantly late. Rufus undermines her own points often, because she provides scant evidence to buttress her frequent lament that things just aren't the way they used to be. It's as if a generation has lost faith in going out to seek their fortunes, she contends, but provides no data to prove that more adult children are living with their parents than in previous generations. The book combines an uneasy mixture of pop psychology and glib analysis. While Rufus's premise is provocative, it remains mired in poor presentation and groundless assertions. (Dec.)
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Anneli Rufus is the critically acclaimed author of Party of One: The Loners Manifesto. A prizewinning journalist and poet, she has written for dozens of publications.
I will save you some time and tell you what the book says. The gist is, if you are stuck its because you are stupid, childish and spoiled. Read morePublished 15 days ago by susannatalya
The title of this book caught my attention. Initially, I thought it would be another “self-help” book wherein I could obtain some bit of insight, a new exercise or technique that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by YoyoMitch
The book had some interesting concepts but found myself skimming through the majority of the stories as I found it uninteresting thus difficult to read through.Published 14 months ago by Carole J. Pence
I recommend this book because it is in moving forward that we can make things happen. This book guides you to something better for yourself.Published 16 months ago by loriwilk
Simplistic, ignorant, patronizing... Not only is the promise of how to get unstuck not delivered, but what is delivered is nothing but unsubstantiated rant.Published 16 months ago by Conn Sunyata
I had a hard time following this book. It jumped from one condemnation to the next ... an undisciplined, freewheeling, jumble of words and ideas that had me scratching my head. Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. Olsen
American academia is full of Marxists? Ms. Rufus, you do not know what is a Marxist intellectual. Shame on you and your publishers for printing this blatant lie! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jimmy Lam
I'll start by saying that I gave this book 2 stars instead of 1 due to the impactful analogy in the Introduction. After reading it, I was excited about what I would learn. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Beth A