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In a boldly honest and elegantly written memoir—the first on this topic—Emily White reveals the painful and sometimes debilitating experience of living with chronic loneliness. In the vein of popular favorites such as Girl, Interrupted and Manic, Lonely approaches loneliness in the way that Andrew Soloman’s The Noonday Demon approached depression, and lifts the veil on a mostly ignored population who often suffer their disorder in silence.

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Author: Emily White
Hardcover: 338 pages
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: March 09, 2010
Language: English
ISBN: 0061765090
Product Length: 8.6 inches
Product Width: 5.8 inches
Product Height: 1.1 inches
Product Weight: 9400.0 pounds
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5Highly recommended!  Apr 03, 2010
By Teacher
If you are looking for tips on how to make friends, then look elsewhere. This is a well-written, well-researched, very interesting book which leaves you with a lot to consider. I've never read a book that so clearly addresses my feelings. Most books on loneliness assume that you are a social misfit and that you can turn your life around if you just smile, dress better, and "get out there" more. If this type of glib response to loneliness makes you cringe, then Emily White's book is for you. This is a serious but highly-readable book on why some people struggle to make connections.

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5One of the few...  Mar 14, 2010
By Avid Reader "austinreaderchick"
The author of this book mentions repeatedly that there are very few books written about loneliness. I work in the book biz, and she is correct about this.

Her work covers the subject thoroughly. She writes about all the varieties of loneliness: situational, emotional, chronic, etc. I think she does a great job at sensitively investigating the subject from all angles. By including her own experiences with severe loneliness, she personalizes the manner, which I think is important with this subject.

Chapter 7, "The Cohort Effect," about the prevalence of loneliness today, was incredibly well-written and worth the price of the book alone.

9 of 10 found the following review helpful:

5Very interesting and reassuring  Feb 07, 2011
By Big Time Reader
I went through a period of extreme loneliness several years ago and I went through all of the stages that Emily writes about in this book. It was very helpful to know that what I went through and how I dealt with it was totally normal.

I've been through depression and loneliness and but not always at the same time. They are two distinctly different experiences. Of course you can experience them together but they can also be independent of one another. I liked seeing that acknowledged in this book because when I did mention feeling lonely I was told I was just depressed but that wasn't the case.

If you're looking for a straight memoir, this is not the book for you because she mixes her personal experiences with research. If you're interested in both a memoir and in what the research on loneliness has to say then this IS the book for you. I enjoyed the combination of research and personal information about her life. I could relate to a lot of what she went through.

4 of 4 found the following review helpful:

3NOT what one would consider a memoir  Feb 26, 2012
By margieebee
Much of the content of this book would not be considered memoir content- there is much more recitation of behavioral studies and statistics on loneliness and other lonely persons' stories collected by the author, than there is of her own personal experiences with loneliness. There is a great deal of repetition. Because of this, I skimmed large sections of this book. The most interesting chapters for me were "Truth: Struggling with Popular Notions of what Loneliness should be", "The Long Haul: Recognizing Chronic Loneliness as a Problem in Itself", and "Paradox: Loneliness and the Mystery of the Changing Self." You can really see how little resemblance this book bears to most memoirs from the chapter titles. Recommended to read, but probably not purchase.

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4More memoir than self help book  Apr 07, 2010
By ireadabookaday
In this unusual memoir, the author vividly describes the state of loneliness through her own experiences and research. She outlines her own struggle with chronic loneliness, includes the observations of others in this state, and tackles the ( small amount) of psychological study and writing on this topic. She very helpfully separates " loneliness" from " depression" , as many do not, and also considers differences in situational loneliness and chronic loneliness. More memoir than self- help book, the author does not offer a lot of concrete suggestions for ameliorating loneliness, but just reading this memoir will offer comfort to those also struggling.

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