Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude

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McClelland & Stewart, 2010 - Loneliness - 338 pages
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A brave and revealing examination of an overlooked affliction that affects one in four Canadians."
"Despite having a demanding job, good friends, and a supportive family, Emily White spent many of her nights and weekends alone at home, trying to understand why she felt so disconnected from everyone. To keep up the facade of an active social life and hide the painful truth, that she was suffering from severe loneliness, the successful young lawyer often lied to those around her -- and to herself.
In this insightful, soul-baring, and illuminating memoir, White chronicles her battle to understand and overcome this debilitating condition, and contends that chronic loneliness deserves the same attention as other mental difficulties, such as depression. "Right now, loneliness is something few people are willing to admit to," she writes. "There's no need for this silence, no need for the shame and self-blame it creates."
By investigating the science of loneliness, challenging its stigma, encouraging other lonely people to talk about their struggles, and defining one person's experience, Lonely redefines how we look at loneliness and helps those afflicted see and understand their mood in an entirely new light, ultimately providing solace and hope. It is a moving, compassionate, and important book about a topic that is affecting more among us each day.

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User Review  - markfinl - LibraryThing

I had hopes for this book, but alas they were not realized. I think the author has an affecting poignant memoir in her, but this is not it. She seems so bent on loneliness being recognized as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - fsmichaels - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this - a solid read, well-written, interesting, and revealing. Learned a lot. Part memoir, part social science. I find memoirs written by people in their 30s kind of interesting, because you ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

EMILY WHITE is a former lawyer who now works as a writer and policy advisor. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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