Praise for Eric Klinenberg’s GOING SOLO

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Time Magazine’s #1 idea that is changing your life. TIME

“Trailblazing.” Vanity Fair

“This book will change our lives. So important that it is likely to become both a popular read and a social science classic.” Psychology Today

“Fascinating.” Wall Street Journal

“Going Solo … is causing a sensation, both for how it has shaken up our traditional notions of the single life and as a sociological breakthrough.”  Toronto Star

“Going Solo is really about living better together — for all of us, single or not.” Washington Post

  • April 17, 2012

    4:30 pm

    Harvard University

    Boston, MA

    Dr. Klinenberg will discuss the dramatic rise of solo living and the seismic impact it’s having on our culture, business, and politics. Conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, but, as Klinenberg will show, most solo dwellers are deeply engaged in social and civic life. In fact, compared with their married counterparts, they are more likely to eat out and exercise, go to art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. It is now more common for an American adult to live alone than in a nuclear family, and Klinenberg analyzes the challenges and opportunities for singletons at different stages of life: young professionals who pay higher rent for the freedom and privacy of their own apartments; singles in their thirties and forties who refuse to compromise their career or lifestyle for an unsatisfying partner; divorced men and women who no longer believe that marriage is a reliable source of happiness or stability; and the elderly, most of whom prefer living by themselves to living with friends or their children.

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  • April 3, 2012

    5 pm

    NYU Humanities Initiative

    New York, NY

    A book launch for Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (Penguin, 2012), by Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University, and editor of the journal Public Culture.

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  • March 13, 2012

    7:00 pm

    Politics and Prose

    Washington, DC

    In most cities today, a third of the population lives alone. In his investigation of this demographic shift, the NYU sociology professor, editor of Public Culture, and author of Heat Wave, finds that living alone is on the rise in all age groups and classes, which suggests concurrent changes in attitudes toward marriage and family.

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  • March 8, 2012

    6:00 pm

    57th Street Books

    Chicago, IL

    In 1950, only 22 percent of American adults were single. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone. People who live alone make up 28 percent of all U.S. households, which makes them more common than any other domestic unit, including the nuclear family. In Going Solo, renowned sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg proves that these numbers are more than just a passing trend. They are, in fact, evidence of the biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom: we are learning to go solo, and crafting new ways of living in the process.

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  • March 6, 2012

    7:00 pm

    Powerhouse Arena

    Brooklyn, NY

    At 7 PM on Tuesday, March 6, join us for a panel discussion, “Singles Going Steady,” at Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo. The conversation will feature Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone; n+1 contributor Kate Bolick, who wrote the recent Atlantic cover story “Going Solo”; and n+1 contributor and podcast host Daniel Smith, author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets and the forthcoming Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety. Drinks will be served. We hope to see you there!

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  • February 23, 2012

    7:00 pm

    Central Library

    Los Angeles, CA

    Independents unite! In a powerful assessment of an unprecedented social change, a renowned sociologist chronicles the biggest demographic shift since the baby boom: we thrive when we go it alone.

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  • February 23, 2012

    7:00 pm

    Books Inc.

    San Francisco, CA

    Eric Klinenberg discusses Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, a revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the baby boom that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal change.

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  • February 23, 2012

    4:00 pm

    Univ Press Books

    Berkeley, CA

    Renowned sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg explores the dramatic rise of solo living and examines the seismic impact it’s having on our culture, business, and politics. Conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, but, as Klinenberg shows, most solo dwellers are deeply engaged in social and civic life. In fact, compared with their married counterparts, they are more likely to eat out and exercise, go to art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. There’s even evidence that people who live alone enjoy better mental health than unmarried people who live with others and have more environmentally sustainable lifestyles than families, since they favor urban apartments over large suburban homes.

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  • February 23, 2012

    4:00 pm

    UC Davis

    Davis, CA

    Professor Klinenberg will speak about his new book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.

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  • February 21, 2012

    NYU Wagner School

    New York, NY

    This is a video of the event, “Going Solo: A Conversation about Cities, Public Policy, and Public Sociology,” with Columbia University sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh, and an introduction by the political strategist Bob Shrum.

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