Monday, July 28, 2008

One's Company

Holland, Barbara. One's Company: Reflections on Living Alone. Akadine Press, 1996.

Submitted by R. Stuhr

Holland considers all of the aspects of living alone and devotes a chapter to each one. Chapters cover the importance of food and its proper preparation, finding the right place to live, the importance of connecting with other people and making merriment part of your day-to-day life, surviving depression, keeping anxiety at bay, and finding appropriate work that suits you. She is practical as well, providing recipes for certain kinds of days, detailed instructions for changing a lock, advice on how to fix your own toilet, and a survey of hobbies and activities that can be used to stave off couchdom (my word) and television addiction.

Holland is a fantastic writer and I have been sharing different parts of the book with anyone who will listen as I've been reading it.

Sadly, the Akadine Press was part of the Common Reader which is no more. But you can find copies of this and other books by Barbara Holland at your favorite used book site.


mel said...

sounds good, but am in Dublin Ireland!! can anyone email it to me at ... i need help am getting lost living alone, empty nest... and spiders moving in!!!

Anonymous said...

the spiders will take care of the mosquitoes and you'll have to order the book from your favorite used book site.