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Alone Time
Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude
By (author): Stephanie Rosenbloom
9780399562327 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth Jun 04, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.33 x 8.03 x 0.74 in 288 pages Penguin Books
A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of traveling solo

In our hectic, hyperconnected lives, many people are uncomfortable with the prospect of solitude. Yet a little time to ourselves can be an opportunity to slow down, savor, and try new things, especially when traveling.

Through on-the-ground reporting, insights from social science, and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how traveling alone deepens appreciation for everyday beauty, bringing into sharp relief the sights, sounds, and smells that one isn’t necessarily attuned to in the presence of company.

Walking through four cities—Paris, Florence, Istanbul, and New York—and four seasons, Alone Time gives us permission to pause, to relish the sensual details of the world rather than hurtling through museums and uploading photos to Instagram. In chapters about dining out, visiting museums, and pursuing knowledge, we begin to see how the moments we have to ourselves—on the road or at home—can be used to enrich our lives. Rosenbloom’s engaging and elegant prose makes Alone Time as warmly intimate an account as the details of a trip shared by a beloved friend—and will have its many readers eager to set off on their own solo adventures.

MARKETABLE YOUNG AUTHOR: Rosenbloom has a powerful platform as the travel writer for the New York Times. She has appeared in videos, podcasts, and digital projects including CNN’s American Morning, NBC’s Today Show, NPR’s New Tech City as well as The New York Times Knowledge Network’s “Networks and Female Entrepreneurs” live interactive webcast.

FOCUS ON THE PLEASURES OF SLOWING DOWN: Research by scholars at the Harvard Business School recently published results that found that when we reflect on moments, it’s the everyday ones that deliver the greatest happiness.

TRAVEL WRITING AT ITS BEST: Books about solo travel generally fall into one of two categories: seeing the world on a shoestring budget, or becoming involved in a romance while the author is midway through a quest to begin anew in a foreign land. Alone Time examines the unique pleasures of solo travel by exploring the ways in which being alone is, and has been for centuries, an exceptional opportunity for savoring new pleasures and the delight of making unexpected discoveries.

Stephanie Rosenbloom is the staff columnist for the Travel section of The New York Times, where she has been a reporter for various desks (including Styles, Business, and Real Estate) for more than a decade. She has appeared on CNN’s American Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, and NPR’s The Takeaway.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Marketing: Social media and online promotion



Publicity: New in paperback media attention

Praise for Alone Time:

“In a society that increasingly values connectivity, moments of solitude are hard to come by…In Alone Time, Stephanie Rosenbloom reflects on her solo trips to Paris, Florence, Istanbul, and New York and offers even the most social of social butterflies strategies to reap the benefits of being alone.”

—Nora Horvath, Real Simple

“A joyous, erudite new book that is sure to delight both travelers and armchair travelers, Alone Time is a shapeshifter. Much of it is an elegant and insightful travel memoir…but what gives the book its heft and intellectual grounding is the way Rosenbloom is able to use her own experiences as a jumping off point for discussions of the latest psychological and sociological studies into the nature of happiness…. It’s a deeply satisfying mix for the reader, part travel guide, part guide to living.”

—Pauline Frommer, co-president, Frommer’s Guidebooks and Frommers.com

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