- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Viking (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780399562303
- ISBN-13: 978-0399562303
- ASIN: 0399562303
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude Hardcover – June 5, 2018
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"[An] evocative, observant new book."
"In a society that increasingly values connectivity, moments of solitude are hard to come by . . . In Alone Time, Stephanie Rosenbloom reflects on her solo trips to Paris, Florence, Istanbul, and New York and offers even the most social of social butterflies strategies to reap the benefits of being alone."
"[Alone Time] will make you want to be a tourist in your own city, and to stay logged out while you explore."
"[Rosenbloom's] enthusiasm and eagerness are like that of a friend warmly reliving their favorite moments from a recent life-changing trip. And her happiness with her serendipitous discoveries along the way is infectious."
"Rosenbloom offers a leisurely look at the simple treasures waiting to be uncovered by the solo traveler . . . She also unpacks research on the benefits to approaching the world with a willingness to try something new, and a commitment to staying in the present moment. The combination makes for a richly rewarding guide for any explorer, whether of distant lands or one's own backyard."
"Alone Time is both a paean to its title and an invitation to anyone who has ever longed to explore a new city á seul."
"A joyous, erudite new book that is sure to delight both travelers and armchair travelers, Alone Time is a shapeshifter. Much of it is an elegant and insightful travel memoir . . . but what gives the book its heft and intellectual grounding is the way Rosenbloom is able to use her own experiences as a jumping off point for discussions of the latest psychological and sociological studies into the nature of happiness. . . . It's a deeply satisfying mix for the reader, part travel guide, part guide to living."
—Pauline Frommer, co-president, Frommer's Guidebooks and Frommers.com
About the Author
Stephanie Rosenbloom is the staff columnist for the Travel section of The New York Times, where she has been a reporter for various desks (including Styles, Business, and Real Estate) for more than a decade. She has appeared on CNN's American Morning, NBC's The Today Show, and NPR's The Takeaway.
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Although I've visited most of them, I look forward to returning and seeing things through the author's eyes.
Her writing takes you along on her journeys, opens the doors to new experiences and makes you feel as though you're there along with her.
A great book both for the first time or experienced traveler.
The interweaving of emotion, beauty, literature, and the real pleasures of solitude is seamless. Just reading the book, one feels exhilarated in a relaxed and satisfying way. Whether one travels, wishes to travel or was once an avid traveller, this book is for you. And if you are looking for ways to be more comfortable alone, this book is also for you.
Alone Time is beautifully and lyrically written -- a must read. There are many great quotes from the author herself and from other more famous people. One of my favourite is from the author herself: “When you’re not sitting across from someone, you’re sitting across from the world.”
The book lends itself to much discussion (for book club readers and travellers alike) on the values and sometimes hidden qualities of solitude. Enjoy!
tolerance for drab eateries, drab, fast, tired food in a country where so many spend so little time savoring the moment. An invigorating source of courage for those who have been intimidated by exploring any city alone.
The preview gave me a sense that this book will be about spending time alone, exploring the idea surrounding this. But the book became more about her trip in Paris. There's nothing wrong with that, but Perhaps a better heads up in the preview or introduction will be great.