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Publisher Description

Governor General's Award-winner Michael Harris explores the profound emotional and intellectual benefits of solitude, and how we may achieve it in our fast-paced world.

The capacity to be alone--properly alone--is one of life's subtlest skills. Real solitude is a contented and productive state that garners tangible rewards: it allows us to reflect and recharge, improving our relationships with ourselves and, paradoxically, with others. Today, the zeitgeist embraces sharing like never before. Fueled by our dependence on online and social media, we have created an ecosystem of obsessive distraction that dangerously undervalues solitude. Many of us now lead lives of strangely crowded loneliness--we are ever-connected, but only shallowly so.
     Award-winning author Michael Harris examines why our experience of solitude has become so impoverished, and how we may grow to love it again in the frenzy of our digital landscape. Solitude is an optimistic and encouraging story about discovering true quiet inside the city, inside the crowd, inside our busy and urbane lives. Harris guides readers away from a life of ceaseless pings toward a state of measured connectivity, one that balances solitude and companionship.
     Rich with true stories about the life-changing power of solitude, and interwoven with reporting from the world's foremost brain researchers, psychologists and tech entrepreneurs, Solitude is a beautiful and convincing statement on the benefits of being alone.

GENRE
Health, Mind & Body
RELEASED
2017
April 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Doubleday Canada
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Belinda Doc ,

Well done!

I am very happy to have found someone who is willing, and more importantly perhaps, able, to delve so thoroughly into an almost taboo subject - the audacity of proclaiming that we are in fact, enough, to be our own best company. I particularly enjoyed the discussion differentiating loneliness, solitude and wasted brain time. Also thank you for the depth of research and the authors willingness to open his mind to the possibility of seeing more current “social” writing as a new paradigm.

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