Book Review: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone: Eric Klinenberg: 9780143122777: Amazon.com: Books. I liked this book. It gave lots of facts and interesting stories. I did feel at times that the approach wasn’t scientific, but it was clear he was trying.

Probably the biggest thing to be gained from this is that you should be aware of the risks of being single. Of course there are risks of being married as well. I find it interesting when in the stories people who had bad experiences allow that fear of loss to stop them from trying again. People are individuals, and what happened to them in the past isn’t a guarantee it will happen again. Hopefully we grow as people and make better choices.

The majority of reviewers rated this book positively, but I also agree with the few who rated it negatively. I can see that his bias of being married affected the way he approached this. I don’t think he had an agenda, but his personal values shined through the work. I am not judging him, but his attempt to be impartial was more imagined than real.

It is great that you acknowledge your bias, but it is better when you find a way to work against it. I like the scientific idea that you try to disprove something. I have found that challenging or disproving beliefs to be incredibly helpful. What seems on the surface to be true, is often not true. Take for example what color the sun is. I just learned recently that the sun isn’t yellow. All of my life I thought it was yellow. Apparently if it were yellow then the clouds would be yellow as well. I didn’t think it through but after reading that scientific explanation it makes sense. The way things appear to be are rarely the way things really are.

 

Book Review: Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit

Book Review: Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream: Barbara Ehrenreich: 9780805081244: Amazon.com: Books. Avoid. Where should I start? Problems: arrogance, ignorance, ego, thinly veiled attacks, anger, disrespect, immaturity, laziness.

I don’t know what is worse. That a publisher paid her for this, or that she thought people would want to read this trash. This should never have made it past the editor’s desk. I want to know what drugs the editor was on to think his boring, waste of time book was worth reading. Do publishers think that the American public is so stupid that they would buy a book like this? This book was given to me at a thrift store for buying other books, but I will never buy anything from this author.