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Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

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A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling solo

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
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Viking
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Miriam Smith
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Alone Time - Four seasons, four cities and the pleasures of solitude" written by New York Times columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom explores the sensory experience of solitude.
I found this book extremely informative, entertaining and quite compelling and very different from my normal reads which was a refreshing change.
The amount of references to support the authors comments is phenomenal and equally the amount of research that must have been carried out is truly amazing.
I particularly liked readin
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Randal White
An interesting, light read. The author explores four different cities in four different seasons. She does it alone, to experience the benefits of solitude that can disappear when you are with someone else or with a group. Basically, slow down, open your eyes (and ears, and nose), and let your mind make it's own memories. It's a great idea.
Heather Nixon
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
As someone who definitely values alone time, likes time on my own and is interested in solo travelling, it made for an interesting, eye opening and somewhat relatable read. To me it's a mix between an intimate, detailed account of solo travelling as well as a travel guide and mindfulness/self help guide with quotes, studies and statistics.

The main negative was the repetition, especially the phrases: 'slipped my finger into the handle of my coffee cup', 'slid my finger through the tasseled keycha
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Annarella
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A light to read and enjoyable travel book with a lot of reflections on solitude.
Even if it's a light read it's full of food for thought.
Many thanks to Viking and Edelweiss for this ARC
Hannah
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this light read that really captures the beauty and adventurousness of solitude.
Rosie Amber
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Alone Time is a non-fiction memoir of self-discovery. The author believes that the single person, as a commodity, is a growing market particularly for travel and dining alone, whilst time alone is good for the soul: it can reduce stress, lessen anger and provide the opportunity to be reflective.

With this in mind Stephanie Rosenbloom travelled to four cities to explore and experience them through solo travel. Paris in June, Istanbul in summer, Florence in autumn and New York in winter. S
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Chi Dubinski
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting thoughts about a woman traveling alone--the advantages of not having to conform to others schedules, being able to wander about with no objectives. Not a "how to" book, but rather a "why"?
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