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Alone time : four seasons, four cities, and the pleasures of solitude
2018
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Gathering information from studies, writings from poets and philosophers, and from her on-the-ground reporting, New York Times travel columnist Rosenbloom presents an argument in support of traveling alone. She visits four cities, each during a different season-Paris, Florence, Istanbul, and New York. Although a chapter offers practical advice for the solo traveler, with tips on safety, health care, and useful apps, most of the book is more meditative. The author contemplates the importance of alone time for creative activities and pursuing knowledge, and the joys of visiting museums and dining out unfettered by the schedules and pressures of others. The concept of the flâneur, the solitary walker, is used to encourage -travelers to amble with no destination in mind, savoring one's surroundings. To boost spirits in advance of the trip, the author advises a dip into the culture of the destination; read novels and blogs, watch films. VERDICT Appealing for travelers who are considering solo trips, or those who already enjoy adventures on their own.- Susan Belsky, -Oshkosh P.L., WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
"In Paris (or anywhere else, really) a table for one can be a most delightful place." -- Alone Time , as seen in The New York Times <br> <br> A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of traveling solo <br> <br> In our increasingly frantic daily lives, many people are genuinely fearful of the prospect of solitude, but time alone can be both rich and restorative, especially when travelling. Through on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveller--and even in one's own city--is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world--patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds--in ways that are difficult to do in the company of others.<br> <br> Alone Time is divided into four parts, each set in a different city, in a different season, in a single year. The destinations--Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York--are all pedestrian-friendly, allowing travelers to slow down and appreciate casual pleasures instead of hurtling through museums and posting photos to Instagram. Each section spotlights a different theme associated with the joys and benefits of time alone and how it can enable people to enrich their lives--facilitating creativity, learning, self-reliance, as well as the ability to experiment and change. Rosenbloom incorporates insights from psychologists and sociologists who have studied solitude and happiness, and explores such topics as dining alone, learning to savor, discovering interests and passions, and finding or creating silent spaces. Her engaging and elegant prose makes Alone Time as warmly intimate an account as the details of a trip shared by a beloved friend--and will have its many readers eager to set off on their own solo adventures.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Witches and Shamansp. 1
Part ISpring: Paris
Food
Café et Pluie ¿ Coffee and Rain-The Science of Savoringp. 21
La Vie est Trop Courte Pour Boire du Mauvais Vin ¿ Life Is Too Short to Drink Bad Wine-Off Eating Alonep. 37
A Picnic for One in the Luxembourg Gardens-Alternatives to the Tablep. 51
Of Oysters and Chablis-Servings of Delight and Disappointmentp. 61
Beauty
Musée de la Vie Romantique-How to Be Alone in a Museump. 75
Window-Licking-Finding Your Musep. 91
Part IISummer: Istanbul
Nerve
Üsküdar-The Art of Anticipationp. 105
The Hamam-The Importance of Trying New Thingsp. 115
Call to Prayer-Learning to Listenp. 125
Loss
The Rainbow Stairs of Beyoglu-Appreciationp. 135
Before It's Gone-Ephemeralitiesp. 143
Part IIIFall: Florence
Silence
Arrows and Angels-Games for Onep. 153
Alone with Venus-On Seeingp. 167
Knowledge
The Secret Corridor-Schooling Yourselfp. 177
Part IVWinter: New York
Home
The City- On Assignmentp. 197
Sanctuaries and Strangers-Designing Homep. 211
Ode to the West Villagep. 223
Tips and Tools for Going It Alonep. 231
Acknowledgmentsp. 249
Notesp. 253
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