Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude
By Emily White
This is a book that is for everyone who has felt lonely in their lives but who hasn’t been able to talk about to anyone or much less to come to terms with it.
In many ways, we live in some of the most lonely times in history. The culture has pushed into texting instead of making face-to-face contact with others. In addition, we are told that it is easier to text than talk face to face. And what’s worse, we are teaching our kids to do the same. Even parents seem to prefer to talk to their teens via text! This is really setting kids up for lonely times in the future.
This book examines the whole issue of loneliness. Emily seems to have it all: she has a supportive family, good friends, and a career. But somehow she is still very lonely. And she doesn’t want to admit it to anyone. It’s like it has become a shame to be lonely. Emily was struggling from severe loneliness and she didn’t want to let anyone in on her secret.
In this memoir, Emily tries to overcome this debilitating condition. She believes that loneliness is a mental condition that should be at least as importantly considered as depression. But few people want to admit their loneliness or talk about it despite the fact that it is probably a new pandemic among young, middle-aged, and especially the elderly.
Emily shows us that there is no need to be silent. We could start acknowledging our loneliness through a wider and more open discussion with others. This book is the beginning of that process.
I loved the book from start to finish. It is a hopeful account of a dreaded state of mind. Although I don’t truly struggle loneliness, I can certainly empathize with people who do. I sure hope that this book can be a breath of fresh air for the readers. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends, even those who don’t admit to be lonely.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth