Living Solo Books

Research about Singles and Singlism

*Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg (2012)

*Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, by Bella DePaulo (2006)

*The New Single Woman by E. Kay Trimberger (2006)

*Urban Tribes: Are Friends the New Family? by Ethan Watters (2004)

*QuirkyAlone by Sasha Cagen (2004)

*Here Comes the Bride: Anatomy of the Contemporary Wedding, by Jaclyn Geller (2001). A scathing critique of the institution by a feminist who argues that it’s not OK to get married. Geller focuses particular attention on how marriage proposals, engagement announcements, wedding invitations, brides, wedding dresses, and weddings themselves are represented in popular culture.

*Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well by Ashton Applewhite (1998). Contrary to the image of the financially-strapped, emotionally-exhausted divorcee, this book tells the stories of women who thrived after leaving unhappy relationships and offers encouragement and advice on surviving divorce.

*Improvised Woman: Single Women Reinventing Single Life by Marcelle Clements (1999). Clements explores the category of “single women” as a new social phenomenon, including women who have chosen not to marry, serial cohabitees who happen to be between relationships, women who take lovers but prefer to live alone, mothers bringing up children on their own, divorcees, and widows.

*Women Living Single: 30 Women Share Their Stories of Navigating Through a Married World by Lee Reilly (1996)

*White Blackbirds is a ‘zine that asks women why they’ve decided not to get married. The name is based on the old Irish expression, “There will be white blackbirds before an unwilling woman ties the knot.”

*Friends with Benefits? This very readable law review article is valuable not only because it recommends “explicitly placing friendship within the law,” but also because the footnotes provide an excellent recommended reading list of authors contemplating alternatives to marriage.

*Flying Solo: Single Women in Midlife by Carol M. Anderson and Susan Stewart (1995).

*The Age of the Bachelor: Creating an American Subculture by Howard P. Chudacoff (1999).

*Single Woman of a Certain Age: 29 Women Writers on the Unmarried Midlife – Romantic Escapades, Heavy Petting, Empty Nests, Shifting Shapes and Serene Independence by Jane Ganahl (Editor) (2005)

*Living Solo by Adrienne Salinger (1998)

*Single In A Married World: A LIFE CYCLE FRAMEWORK FOR WORKING WITH THE UNMARRIED ADULT by Natalie Schwartzberg, Kathy Berliner, and Demaris Jacob (1995)

*Never Married Women by Barbara Levy Simon (1987)

*Single Workers  A valuable compilation of statistics, expert commentary and recommended reading on the topic of being single in the workplace.

*American Association for Single People An information service full of statistics, media articles and original commentary.