The Opposite of Loneliness Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

The Opposite of Loneliness


  • Author : Marina Keegan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-04-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476753621

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The Opposite of Loneliness Excerpt :

The instant New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous collection of award-winning essays and stories “sparkles with talent, humanity, and youth” (O, The Oprah Magazine). Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. Marina left behind a rich, deeply expansive trove of writing that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation. Her short story “Cold Pastoral” was published on NewYorker.com. Her essay “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” was excerpted in the Financial Times, and her book was the focus of a Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times. Millions of her contemporaries have responded to her work on social media. As Marina wrote: “We can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over…We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” The Opposite of Loneliness is an unforgettable collection of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to impact the world. “How do you mourn the loss of a fiery talent that was barely a tendril before it was snuffed out? Answer: Read this book. A clear-eyed observer of human nature, Keegan could take a clever idea...and make it something beautiful” (People).

The Opposite of Loneliness Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

The Opposite of Loneliness


  • Author : Marina Keegan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-04-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476753614

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The Opposite of Loneliness Excerpt :

This hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate who died tragically five days after graduation details the struggle that we all face as we figure out what we want to be and how we can positively impact the world.

The Opposite of Loneliness Book
Score: 3.5
From 23 Ratings

The Opposite of Loneliness


  • Author : Marina Keegan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-05-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471139635

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The Opposite of Loneliness Excerpt :

Marina Keegan's star was on the rise when she graduated from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. As her family, friends and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, 'The Opposite of Loneliness', went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord. Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina's essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

The Loneliness Cure Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Loneliness Cure


  • Author : Kory Floyd
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-04-03
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440582103

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The Loneliness Cure Excerpt :

Rediscover the benefits of a real-life social network! Although today's technology allows you to communicate with people all over the globe, it can also leave you feeling disconnected and unhappy in the real world. The Loneliness Cure helps you rediscover the power of socializing in person and finally find the affection you've been longing for. Written by communication expert Kory Floyd, PhD, this valuable guide details the causes of affection hunger, helps you assess your needs, and offers six compelling strategies for attracting more intimacy into your relationships and everyday life. This guidebook details the causes of affection hunger, helps you assess your needs, and shows you how to build genuine connections to those around you. Whether you're looking to get the undivided attention of a friend, reconnect physically with a romantic partner, or grow closer to your family, this book provides you with the tools you need to lead a healthier, happier, and more affectionate life.

A Biography of Loneliness Book

A Biography of Loneliness


  • Author : Fay Bound Alberti
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-09-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192539335

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A Biography of Loneliness Excerpt :

Despite 21st-century fears of an 'epidemic' of loneliness, its history has been sorely neglected. A Biography of Loneliness offers a radically new interpretation of loneliness as an emotional language and experience. Using letters and diaries, philosophical tracts, political discussions, and medical literature from the eighteenth century to the present, historian of the emotions Fay Bound Alberti argues that loneliness is not an ahistorical, universal phenomenon. It is, in fact, a modern emotion: before 1800, its language did not exist. And where loneliness is identified, it is not always bad, but a complex emotional state that differs according to class, gender, ethnicity and experience. Looking at informative case studies such as Sylvia Plath, Queen Victoria, and Virginia Woolf, A Biography of Loneliness charts the emergence of loneliness as a modern and embodied emotional state.

A Partial History of Lost Causes Book
Score: 3.5
From 20 Ratings

A Partial History of Lost Causes


  • Author : Jennifer DuBois
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400069774

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A Partial History of Lost Causes Excerpt :

Abandoning her life when her father succumbs to Huntington's disease, Massachusetts native Irina discovers an unanswered letter from her father to an internationally renowned chess champion and political dissident, who she decides to visit in Russia. A first novel.

Loneliness and Its Opposite Book

Loneliness and Its Opposite


  • Author : Don Kulick
  • Publisher : Duke University Press Books
  • Release Date : 2015-03-13
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 0822358336

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Loneliness and Its Opposite Excerpt :

Few people these days would oppose making the public realm of space, social services and jobs accessible to women and men with disabilities. But what about access to the private realm of desire and sexuality? How can one also facilitate access to that, in ways that respect the integrity of disabled adults, and also of those people who work with and care for them? Loneliness and Its Opposite documents how two countries generally imagined to be progressive engage with these questions in very different ways. Denmark and Sweden are both liberal welfare states, but they diverge dramatically when it comes to sexuality and disability. In Denmark, the erotic lives of people with disabilities are acknowledged and facilitated. In Sweden, they are denied and blocked. Why do these differences exist, and how do both facilitation and hindrance play out in practice? Loneliness and Its Opposite charts complex boundaries between private and public, love and sex, work and intimacy, and affection and abuse. It shows how providing disabled adults with access to sexual lives is not just crucial for a life with dignity. It is an issue of fundamental social justice with far reaching consequences for everyone.

Seek You Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Seek You


  • Author : Kristen Radtke
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524748050

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From the acclaimed author of Imagine Wanting Only This—a timely and moving meditation on isolation and longing, both as individuals and as a society There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns. In Seek You, Kristen Radtke's wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another, and the distance that remains. Through the lenses of gender and violence, technology and art, Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing, and shares what feels impossible to share. Ranging from the invention of the laugh-track to the rise of Instagram, the bootstrap-pulling cowboy to the brutal experiments of Harry Harlow, Radtke investigates why we engage with each other, and what we risk when we turn away. With her distinctive, emotionally-charged drawings and deeply empathetic prose, Kristen Radtke masterfully shines a light on some of our most vulnerable and sublime moments, and asks how we might keep the spaces between us from splitting entirely.

The Well of Loneliness Book

The Well of Loneliness


  • Author : Radclyffe Hall
  • Publisher : GENERAL PRESS
  • Release Date : 2021-05-29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9789391181253

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The Well of Loneliness, first published in 1928, is a timeless portrayal of lesbian love. The thinly disguised story of Hall's own life, it was banned outright upon publication and almost ruined her literary career as the subject was that of an obscenity trial and forbidden at the time in England. The novel tells the story of Stephen, an ideal child of aristocratic parents—a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and is attracted to women. As her ambitions drive her, and society incarcerates her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions. Although Gordon's attitude toward her own sexuality is anguished, the novel presents lesbianism as natural and makes a plea for greater tolerance. It became an international bestseller, and for decades was the single most famous lesbian novel.

Chasing the Scream Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Chasing the Scream


  • Author : Johann Hari
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2015-01-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620408926

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The New York Times Bestseller What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? Johann Hari's journey into the heart of the war on drugs led him to ask this question--and to write the book that gave rise to his viral TED talk, viewed more than 62 million times, and inspired the feature film The United States vs. Billie Holiday and the documentary series The Fix. One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, not knowing what to do, he set out and traveled over 30,000 miles over three years to discover what really causes addiction--and what really solves it. He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories--of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their own war on drugs--with extraordinary results. Chasing the Scream is the story of a life-changing journey that transformed the addiction debate internationally--and showed the world that the opposite of addiction is connection.

Loneliness as a Way of Life Book
Score: 2
From 2 Ratings

Loneliness as a Way of Life


  • Author : Thomas L. Dumm
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-30
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 207
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674034372

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Loneliness as a Way of Life Excerpt :

"What does it mean to be lonely?" Dumm asks. His inquiry, documented in this book, takes us beyond social circumstances and into the deeper forces that shape our very existence as modern individuals. The modern individual, Dumm suggests, is fundamentally a lonely self. This book challenges us, not to overcome our loneliness, but to learn how to re-inhabit it in a better way.

Loneliness  Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Loneliness Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection


  • Author : John T. Cacioppo
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-08-17
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393070316

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Loneliness Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection Excerpt :

A pioneering neuroscientist reveals the reasons for loneliness and what to do about it. John T. Cacioppo’s groundbreaking research topples one of the pillars of modern medicine and psychology: the focus on the individual as the unit of inquiry. By employing brain scans, monitoring blood pressure, and analyzing immune function, he demonstrates the overpowering influence of social context—a factor so strong that it can alter DNA replication. He defines an unrecognized syndrome—chronic loneliness—brings it out of the shadow of its cousin depression, and shows how this subjective sense of social isolation uniquely disrupts our perceptions, behavior, and physiology, becoming a trap that not only reinforces isolation but can also lead to early death. He gives the lie to the Hobbesian view of human nature as a “war of all against all,” and he shows how social cooperation is, in fact, humanity’s defining characteristic. Most important, he shows how we can break the trap of isolation for our benefit both as individuals and as a society.

The Unfinished World  And Other Stories Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

The Unfinished World And Other Stories


  • Author : Amber Sparks
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2016-01-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781631490910

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The Unfinished World And Other Stories Excerpt :

A highly anticipated collection of wildly imaginative short stories from “one of contemporary fiction’s true mad scientists” (Necessary Fiction). In the weird and wonderful tradition of Kelly Link and Karen Russell, Amber Sparks’s dazzling new collection bursts forth with stories that render the apocalyptic and otherworldly hauntingly familiar. In “The Cemetery for Lost Faces,” two orphans translate their grief into taxidermy, artfully arresting the passage of time. The anchoring novella, “The Unfinished World,” unfurls a surprising love story between a free and adventurous young woman and a dashing filmmaker burdened by a mysterious family. Sparks’s stories—populated with sculptors, librarians, astronauts, and warriors—form a veritable cabinet of curiosities. Mythical, bizarre, and deeply moving, The Unfinished World and Other Stories heralds the arrival of a major writer and illuminates the search for a brief encounter with the extraordinary.

The Opposite of Me Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

The Opposite of Me


  • Author : SARAH PEKKANEN
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 9780731815371

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Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her devestatingly beautiful twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being names creative vice president of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus hour weeks, migraines and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey's carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated and desperate, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents' Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her prince charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin, while she furtively tries to put her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.

A Philosophy of Loneliness Book

A Philosophy of Loneliness


  • Author : Lars Svendsen
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Release Date : 2017-03-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780237930

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A Philosophy of Loneliness Excerpt :

For many of us it is the ultimate fear: to die alone. Loneliness is a difficult subject to address because it has such negative connotations in our intensely social world. But the truth is that wherever there are people, there is loneliness. You can be lonely sitting in the quiet of your home, in the still of an afternoon park, or even when surrounded by throngs of people on a busy street. One need only turn on the radio to hear a crooner telling us just how lonesome we can be. In this groundbreaking book, philosopher Lars Svendsen confronts loneliness head on, investigating both the negative and positive sides of this most human of emotions. Drawing on the latest research in philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences, A Philosophy of Loneliness explores the different kinds of loneliness and examines the psychological and social characteristics that dispose people to them. Svendsen looks at the importance of friendship and love, and he examines how loneliness can impact our quality of life and affect our physical and mental health. In a provocative move, he also argues that the main problem in our modern society is not that we have too much loneliness but rather too little solitude, and he looks to those moments when our loneliness can actually tell us profound things about ourselves and our place in the world. The result is a fascinating book about a complex and deeply meaningful part of our very being.