Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

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By (author) Eric Klinenberg

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 29 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0143122770
  • ISBN 13: 9780143122777
  • Illustrations note: charts, graphs
  • Sales rank: 96,736

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With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who live alone, renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to deliver the definitive take on how the rise of going solo is transforming the American experience. Klinenberg shows that most single dwellers—whether in their twenties or eighties—are deeply engaged in social and civic life. There's even evidence that people who live alone enjoy better mental health and have more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Drawing on more than three hundred in-depth interviews, Klinenberg presents a revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the baby boom and offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change.

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Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology at New York University and the editor of the journal "Public Culture." His first book, "Heat Wave," won several prizes and was declared a "Favorite Book" by the "Chicago Tribune." He lives in New York City.

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"Today, as Eric Klinenberg reminds us in his book, "Going Solo," more than 50 percent of adults are single . . . [he] nicely shoes that people who live alone are more likely to visit friends and join social groups. They are more likely to congregate in and create active, dynamic cities."--David Brooks, "The New York Times"