Book : How To be Alone

This book in actually a poem (only one) by Tanya Davis and illustrated by Andrea Dorfman on every page.

Some of the places where one can be alone are : the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library and the gym. And some of the things previously avoided can also be where one can be alone, such as : resisting the urge to hang out with the cellphone, going to the movies (alone in the seat amid a fleeting community), dancing at a club where no one knows you, going to the woods (or parks) alone, going to an unfamiliar city (or place) where there are statues to talk to and benches for sitting and roaming the streets.

All these activities may feel strange when one is alone. We rarely treasure these moments, even though there are ample opportunities and abundant possibilities and delights waiting to be discovered when we have the time to just be ourselves.

This poem and the illustrations soothe the disquiet and accompanies this fear of aloneness, and celebrate the power of solitude to change our views of ourselves and the world. It reveals how, removed from the noise and distractions of other lives, we can find acceptance and grace within.

For those who have never been by themselves, or for people like myself who relish being on our own, this is a moving work that encourages us to recognise and embrace the possibilities of being alone and reminds us of joy, peace and discovery waiting to unfold.

This book resonates with me and I enjoy it tremendously and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes words and pictures.


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