Get ready to embrace your inner “Eat Pray Love” vibes and discover the joys of being single, together.
Are you tired of the societal pressure to be in a relationship? Or perhaps you’re simply enjoying the single life but are looking for ways to make the most of it? Regardless of your situation, navigating the world as a single person can be both liberating and challenging. But fear not, fellow singletons – we’ve got you covered.
Whether you’re newly single or a seasoned solo-flyer. We’ll explore a selection of books that offer insights into love, friendships, and the art of living your best life. Get ready to embrace your inner “Eat Pray Love” vibes and discover the joys of being single, together.
by Melissa Croce
So, you’re single. Whether existing sans partner is a new state of being or you’ve been on this solo journey for a while, the fact of the matter is this: being single is actually awesome.
You can do whatever you want, travel wherever you want, and be your truest, most free self. But there are a lot of people out there–your mom, your married best friend, the wedding industry, society–who see things differently. To them, singledom is something to avoid at all cost, no matter how many times you tell them you love your life the way it is. The limit does not exist when it comes to telling Aunt Carol you still don’t want to be set up with her neighbor’s ex-stepson.
Now, Melissa Croce gives you the tips, tricks, and sage advice you need to graciously endure all of the cringe-worthy scenarios your single self may dread, from awkward small talk with an ex to navigating well-meaning but insensitive relatives.
by Maggie Smith
In her memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith explores the disintegration of her marriage and her renewed commitment to herself. The book begins with one woman’s personal heartbreak, but its circles widen into a reckoning with contemporary womanhood, traditional gender roles, and the power dynamics that persist even in many progressive homes. With the spirit of self-inquiry and empathy she’s known for, Smith interweaves snapshots of a life with meditations on secrets, anger, forgiveness, and narrative itself. The power of these pieces is cumulative: page after page, they build into a larger interrogation of family, work, and patriarchy.
You Could Make This Place Beautiful, like the work of Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk, and Gina Frangello, is an unflinching look at what it means to live and write our own lives. It is a story about a mother’s fierce and constant love for her children, and a woman’s love and regard for herself. Above all, this memoir is “extraordinary” (Ann Patchett) in the way that it reveals how, in the aftermath of loss, we can discover our power and make something new and beautiful.
by Christie Tate
After more than a decade of dead-end dates and dysfunctional relationships, Christie Tate has reclaimed her voice and settled down. Her days of agonizing in group therapy over guys who won’t commit are over, the grueling emotional work required to attach to another person tucked neatly into the past.
Or so she thought. Weeks after giddily sharing stories of her new boyfriend at Saturday morning recovery meetings, Christie receives a gift from a friend. Meredith, twenty years older and always impeccably accessorized, gives Christie a box of holiday-themed scarves as well as a gentle suggestion: maybe now is the perfect time to examine why friendships give her trouble. “The work never ends, right?” she says with a wink.
by Ginny Hogan
From comedian Ginny Hogan, this laugh-out-loud collection of humor observations explores all the ups and downs of modern romance.
Through hilarious, absurd-yet-relatable short stories, quizzes, over-think pieces, and more, Hogan details every stage of a modern relationship–from meeting on an app to becoming official, to breaking up or getting married, to being single.
Find out how to successfully ignore any and all red flags. Take a quiz to see if that anxiety attack you’re having means you’re in a new relationship or if it’s that cold brew you just chugged. Read chilling tales about the unfortunate few who actually did lose their phones (they didn’t mean to ghost you, they promise).
Begging to be shared with friends or sat next to your phone full of Tinder notifications, I’m More Dateable than a Plate Of Refried Beans is the ultimate humor book for anyone who is dating or has ever dated.
by Anneli Rufus
The Buddha. Rene Descartes. Emily Dickinson. Greta Garbo. Bobby Fischer. J. D. Salinger: Loners, all — along with as many as 25 percent of the world’s population. Loners keep to themselves, and like it that way.
Yet in the press, in films, in folklore, and nearly everywhere one looks, loners are tagged as losers and psychopaths, perverts and pity cases, ogres and mad bombers, elitists and wicked witches. Too often, loners buy into those messages and strive to change, making themselves miserable in the process by hiding their true nature — and hiding from it. Loners as a group deserve to be reassessed — to claim their rightful place, rather than be perceived as damaged goods that need to be “fixed.”
In Party of One Anneli Rufus–a prize-winning, critically acclaimed writer with talent to burn — has crafted a morally urgent, historically compelling tour de force — a long-overdue argument in defense of the loner, then and now.
by Aimée Lutkin
One evening, thirtysomething writer Aimée Lutkin found herself at a dinner party surrounded by couples. When the conversation turned to her love life, Lutkin stated simply, “I don’t really know if I’m going to date anyone ever again. Some people are just alone forever.” Her friends rushed to assure her that love comes when you least expect it and to make recommendations for new dating apps. But Lutkin wondered, Why, when there are more unmarried adults than ever before, is there so much pressure to couple up? Why does everyone treat me as though my real life won’t start until I find a partner? Isn’t this my real life, the one I’m living right now? Is there something wrong with me, or is there something wrong with our culture?
by Karma Brown
Rowan is stuck. Her dream of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter is stalled, and so she and her novelist fiancé, Seth, retreat to an isolated cabin in the Adirondacks to hopefully get out of their creative ruts. There, Rowan finds herself drawn into a mysterious and unsettling story–that of socialite-turned-feminist-crusader Eddie Callaway, who vanished in these same woods the summer of 1975 and was never heard from again.
A handbook found in the abandoned ruins of the Callaway camp gives Rowan glimpses into who Eddie was, and then a fateful discovery offers clues about what might have happened to her. Soon, Rowan finds herself with a story potentially more shocking than Eddie’s notes about sun salutations and pineapple upside-down cake would indicate.
by Dolly Alderton
The wildly funny, occasionally heartbreaking internationally bestselling memoir about growing up, growing older, and learning to navigate friendships, jobs, loss, and love along the ride
When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming an adult, journalist and former Sunday Times columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, finding a job, getting drunk, getting dumped, realizing that Ivan from the corner shop might just be the only reliable man in her life, and that absolutely no one can ever compare to her best girlfriends. Everything I Know About Love is about bad dates, good friends and–above all else– realizing that you are enough.
by Jeffrey Cranor – Janina Matthewson
Born at the end of the old world, Miriam grows up during The Great Reckoning. A sprawling, decades-long war that nearly decimates humanity and strips her of friends and family. Devastated by grief and loneliness, she emotionally exiles herself.
To ensure a lasting peace, The New Society forbids anything that may cause tribal loyalties, including traditional families. Suddenly, everyone must live as Miriam has chosen to–disconnected and unattached. A researcher at heart, Miriam becomes involved in implementing this detachment process. Eventually, the harmful effects of her research become too much for Miriam. She devises a secret plan to destroy the system from within, endangering her own life.
by John Kim
There’s more to life than loving someone. But being single can feel like a death sentence. Why does being alone = being lonely? And why do we stop working on ourselves when we’re in a relationship?
After a painful divorce, “The Angry Therapist” John Kim realized he had never truly been on his own. He went on a journey to rebuild his relationship with himself, going from alone and disconnected to alone and fulfilled.
With Single on Purpose, Kim takes his signature no-BS “self-help in a shot glass” approach. As he shares his own singlehood story and shows readers. How to own their shit, break their patterns, and find a grounded sense of self.
by Anita Lo
From the Michelin-starred chef and Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters contestant. A hilarious, self-deprecating, gorgeous new cookbook–the ultimate guide to cooking for one. With four-color illustrations by Julia Rothman throughout.
The life of a chef can be a lonely one, with odd hours and late-night meals. But as a result, Anita Lo believes that cooking and dining for one can, and should, be blissful and empowering. In Solo, she gives us a guide to self-love through the best means possible. Delicious food–in 101 accessible, contemporary, and sophisticated recipes that serve one.
Drawn from her childhood, her years spent cooking around the world. Her extensive travels, these are globally inspired dishes from Lo’s own repertoire that cater to the home table.
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives. Inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves.
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want. A husband, country home, successful career–but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion.
This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success. Set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures. Pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali. A balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
by Kate Wills
In this compelling memoir, travel writer Kate Wills fearlessly delves into her personal experiences. Weaving a captivating narrative of hope, healing, and self-discovery. With courage as her compass, she embarks on solo expeditions across the globe, unearthing profound insights along the way.
Follow Kate on her adventures through bustling cities, awe-inspiring landscapes, and tranquil retreats. Feel the rush of adrenaline as she embraces thrilling escapades. And share in her moments of vulnerability as she navigates through heartbreak and loneliness.
A Trip of One’s Own not only showcases the sheer joy of independent travel. But also delves into the empowering and life-changing effects it can have.
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