Living Alone & Loving It: a Guide to Relishing the Solo Life

. Feldon, Barbara. Fireside: S. & S. Jan. 2003. c.176p. ISBN 0-7432-3517-7. pap. $10. SELF-HELP

This breezy memoir chronicles how actress Feldon (Agent 99 from Get Smart) found herself alone after a divorce and the end of other serious relationships. Beginning to despair of ever finding happiness, she came to understand that she could be perfectly–even radiantly–happy living alone. (Indeed, she sometimes sounds a bit desperate as she hammers home her theme.) Astute and optimistic, she notes the problems inherent in regarding “single status as inferior to being married” and advocates consciously embracing the solo life so as to live life on one’s own terms. Her wise words (e.g., “Stop believing that marriage is the solution to loneliness”) will be useful to anyone, single or otherwise. For public libraries and the night stand, along with Wendy Burt and Erin Kindberg’s lighthearted and upbeat Oh, Solo Mia!: The Hip Chick’s Guide to Fun for One.

This review appeared in Library Journal 127.19, November 15, 2002; the galley was shredded on February 17, 2012.

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