Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

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 A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling solo In our increasingly frantic daily lives, many peopl...

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Title:Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude
Author:Stephanie Rosenbloom
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0399562303
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jun 30, 2018
    (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, ...
  • Maria
    Jul 10, 2018
    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 th...
  • Bookworm
    Aug 11, 2018
    As someone who is very introverted, doesn't mind spending lots of time alone, avoids crowds, etc. this title sounded super intriguing. Being "alone" is an increasingly precious commodity and her book sounded very interesting. Being alone in four cities, and the experience of being alon...
  • Pam Cipkowski
    Sep 16, 2018
    I?ve always liked Stephanie Rosenbloom?s writing in the travel section of the New York Times, so I looked forward to the release of this book. It was everything I wanted it to be?pensive, insightful, evocative, thought-provoking?so I?m surprised at some of the less than stell...
  • Kate Schwarz
    Aug 26, 2018
    3 1/2 stars. I liked this book. I liked living vicariously through Rosenbloom's travels as she visited four cities for about a week each: Istanbul, Florence, Paris, and New York City. I liked listening to the results of her research on the benefits of being alone--such as how solo m...
  • Susie
    Jul 09, 2018
    I wanted this to feel more like a memoir or narrative than it actually did. ...
  • Miko Lee
    Jul 01, 2018
    A solo woman?s travelogue through parts of Europe. Bits of research and history are added to the tales but overall a bit dry. ...
  • Hannah
    May 10, 2018
    I enjoyed this light read that really captures the beauty and adventurousness of solitude. ...
  • Kelli
    Sep 29, 2018
    I wanted to like this book so much, but it fell a little bit flat for me. I am a big fan of solo travel and actually read this while I was on a solo leg of a recent trip to Europe. The book spent a large amount of time describing Paris, and felt a little lighter on the other trips she ...
  • Carlos
    Aug 19, 2018
    I didn?t like this book that much , I thought I would get an insight into what being alone means and some musings to go along with it , what I got was basically a traveling guide for people that want to travel alone , helpful but that what I wanted to read . ...
  • Annarella
    May 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Lisa  Carlson
    Sep 30, 2018
    NY Times staff columnist(Travel section) and writer Stephanie Rosenbloom superbly stimulates the senses in her terrifically written book Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude. When I recently browsed the library shelves of new releases librarians had put t...
  • Randal White
    May 14, 2018
    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 l...
  • Agi
    Jun 15, 2018
    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...
  • Alison
    Jul 01, 2018
    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. ...
  • Steph
    Sep 20, 2018
    I've recently figured out that I really enjoy traveling alone and I'm a sucker for any book that gives me ideas for how to have even more fun doing so. I'll need to check out the resources/ideas she mentions at the end of the book before my next trip. It'd be worth reading that chunk o...
  • Tracey Sinclair
    Jun 19, 2018
    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. ...
  • Joanna
    Jul 07, 2018
    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...
  • Rosie Amber
    Jun 07, 2018
    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 opport...
  • Kat
    Jul 22, 2018
    Preaching to the choir for me... I don?t really see the question to which this book was supposed to be an answer to... it?s not enough information for a travel guide and not enough emotion and reflection for a memoir. And it?s a hard case of tell not show... ...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 03, 2018
    Enjoyable audiobook. I like to travel and fine with going alone so this was a perfect read. ...
  • Theresa
    Jul 02, 2018
    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 ...
  • Joanna Park
    Jun 24, 2018
    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, t...
  • Miriam Smith
    Jun 06, 2018
    "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 re...
  • Steve Nolan
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Ronnie Turner
    Jun 22, 2018
    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 m...
  • Heather Nixon
    May 16, 2018
    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 mindfulne...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 18, 2018
    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. Sh...
  • Kyle Lane
    Aug 08, 2018
    Couldn't finish it. It's like she wanted to write about a trip she had and made up a reason for it and tried to find supporting arguments after the fact. I get it, you like Paris, we all like Paris. ...
  • Liz Pardey
    Jul 24, 2018
    Totally boring -- it is written like a magazine article -- a teaser personal reminiscence followed by 'tips for travellers' I had expected a memoir and ended up skim skipping through which I something I rarely do. ...