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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
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
Jenny (Reading Envy)
(Although I did read this in egalley form, I verified quotations with the final version.)

"Alone, there's no need for an itinerary. Walk, and the day arranges itself."

Stephanie Rosenbloom takes on four cities to try to (re)discover the pleasure of solo travel - Paris, Istanbul, Florence, and New York City (where she lives.) I truly loved her ruminations and observations along the way, and feel like buying this for every friend who travels solo, whether that is a luxury of retirement or a necessit
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.
Joanna Park
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a mother of three I must admit alone time seems like a distance memory and one that i’d have no problem filling! However I very much enjoyed the journey to the four countries that the author takes us on.  I don’t think I’d ever dare to travel to a foreign country on my own, to a place where I knew no one, but I admire Stephanie for having the courage to do it.

The four cities (Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York) are vividly described by the author so that the reader feels like they are the
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Stephanie Rosenbloom has done a thing that I'm dreaming about - she's travelled alone to four different cities. I don't actually have to travel around the world but being alone is high on my list of priorities. You know, I'm actually never alone, there is always someone around me, be it at work or at home, and a solitary minute is like a Utopia Island. I think I wouldn't be afraid of travelling alone, I'd enjoy every single minute and use it in exactly the same way Stephanie Rosenbloom did.

I usu
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
Have you ever come home from a vacation and needed a vacation to recover from your vacation? Rosenbloom preaches the joys of an unscheduled holiday, were you are in complete control of your itinerary and time. She encourages readers to anticipate and savor the experiences of walking thru strange cities and spending time in the now.

Why I started this book: Eye catching title... and who wouldn't want to learn more about Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York City.

Why I finished it: In addition to
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
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this light read that really captures the beauty and adventurousness of solitude.
This is a pleasant book in which the author uses four weeklong visits (in Paris, Istanbul, Florence, and New York) to reflect on the benefits of solo travel. Basically, she says you tend to notice more, think more deeply, and experience a place more fully, when you travel alone.

She frequently cites this study and that writer to support her points, which I mostly didn’t care about because it all sounds like the same old pop sociology touted in countless life-hack articles and TED Talks. None of
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
Solo travel and the pleasures of solitude in general are topics that I heartily endorse. All of my trips to Italy so far have been solo adventures. I have learned more about the country and also myself through these opportunities precisely because I traveled on my own.

With that in mind, initially, I was very excited to read this book. And, parts of it I enjoyed. The author's chapter on her market experience to organize a picnic for herself in the Luxembourg Gardens was equally entertaining and
Ronnie Turner
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alone Time follows journalist and author Stephanie Rosenbloom as she tours four very different cities over the course of four seasons. Exploring myraid cultures and touching on literature, architecture, science, food, religion and how some alone time can benefit so many people for so many reasons, this book is an intimate, thought-provoking and at times witty account of new experiences and positive discovery. I loved it! For so many reasons it is an absloute must-read!

Combined with fascinating s
Donna Maguire

I loved the concept of this book, being a mum to an 11 month old daughter, my time alone is very precious and this book really made me think. I also enjoyed being able to escape within the pages as I did read it either when I was alone, or when she was asleep.

I have been on holiday twice by myself to Norway and Gibraltar and I did feel at the time as though I should have travelled with someone as I was often the only unaccompanied traveller, but this book
Steve Nolan
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
As I got into the first part of the book, I realized it was basically just preaching to the choir. It was making a case for why you should travel alone, and that's been pretty much my jam now for like 3 years. Tho I am bad at meeting people while traveling, so the tips it has for that will be helpful! It also tipped me off that Istanbul is a cool, hip place to visit, so that got it another star.

The overwritten-ness just kinda wore on me, I almost didn't finish it. Also, she described how "no on
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Travel Alone Insights

This book spoke to me as I already spend a lot of time alone and I enjoy discovering new places on my own. Her tips and tricks on how to approach a new city or a familiar one are spot on. The joy of new places on ones own is worth a try for anyone who hasn’t done it.
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"?
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow.
Craig Amason
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy time alone, read this book. If you enjoy travel, read it. If you have ever enjoyed visits to Paris, Istanbul, Florence, or New York City, read it. Are you living or have you lived a single life? Read it. Rosenbloom brings her skills as a journalist to a fascinating exploration of the fulfillment of traveling alone and absorbing the scenes, sounds, smells, and tastes of four international cities. She intertwines some fascinating stories about famous historical figures who have writte ...more
Miko Lee
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
A solo woman’s travelogue through parts of Europe. Bits of research and history are added to the tales but overall a bit dry.
Tracey Sinclair
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Fluidly written and well-researched, and on a subject that I am fascinated by, though I felt I didn't connect with this quite as much as I wanted to.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a solo traveler most of the time, I found this book very encouraging to go more and some great ideas the will expand the enjoyment of traveling alone. Great read!
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Could have and should have been so good! But there was a reminder every few paragraphs about what she wanted the reader to think about, rather than letting the reader think.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted this to feel more like a memoir or narrative than it actually did.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy to read with useful information on how to travel alone and some of the benefits of being a single traveler.
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