Lonely : learning to live with solitude / Emily White.

  • White, Emily, 1980-
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Despite having a demanding job, good friends, and a supportive family, Emily White spent many of her evenings and weekends alone at home, trying to understand why she felt so completely disconnected from everyone. In this insightful and soul-baring memoir, White recounts her struggle to comprehend and overcome her chronic loneliness, a debilitating condition that she contends deserves the same attention as depression and other mental difficulties. Interweaving her personal story with cutting-edge scientific research--as well as moving accounts offered by numerous lonely men and women--White provides a deep and thorough portrait of this increasingly common but too often ignored affliction.--From publisher description.


New York : Harper Perennial, 2011.

Physical description

xiv, 338 pages ; 21 cm


First Harper Perennial edition.


Originally published: New York : Harper, 2010.


Preamble: The visit -- Pt. 1: Arrival. Premonition : waiting for the state to strike ; Truth : struggling with popular notions of what loneliness should be -- Pt. 2: Impact. The long haul : recognizing chronic loneliness as a problem in itself ; Heart and soul : how loneliness weaves its way into us ; Paradox : loneliness and the mystery of the changing self -- Pt. 3: Context. Handles : thinking about a state that feels so unwieldy ; The cohort effect : how our culture is leaving us lonelier ; Taboo : loneliness as the state you're not supposed to name -- Pt. 4: Resolution. Promises, promises : public and private ideas about responding to loneliness ; The good-bye look : listing, luck, and a difficult change.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references.


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    History of Medicine
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