Books on Solitude

Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih (Shambhala Pocket Library) Cover Image
By Han Shan, J. P. Seaton (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781611806984
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Published: Shambhala - May 7th, 2019

The incomparable poetry of Han Shan (Cold Mountain), Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih--rebel poets who became icons of Chinese poetry and Zen--by a premier translator.


Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345326492
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 12th, 1985

"A passionately felt, deeply poetic book. It has philosophy. It has humor. It has its share of nerve-tingling adventures...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit style of power and beauty."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOKREVIEW


How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501178832
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Published: Atria Books - November 6th, 2018

The former Sex & Relationships Editor for Cosmopolitan and host of the wildly popular comedy show Tinder Live with Lane Moore presents her poignant, funny, and deeply moving first book.

Lane Moore is a rare performer who is as impressive onstage—whether hosting her iconic show Tinder Live or being the enigmatic front woman of It Was Romance—as she is


The Beauty of Everyday Things Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780241366356
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 8th, 2019

The Japanese philosopher and aesthete's definitive, hugely influential exposition of his philosophy of folkcrafts, setting out the hallmarks of Japanese design as we know it today: anonymity, quality, simplicity and honesty—and, of course, wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection

A Penguin Classic


Silence: In the Age of Noise Cover Image
By Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780525563648
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Published: Vintage - December 4th, 2018

What is silence?
Where can it be found?
Why is it now more important than ever?
 


The Essential Emily Dickinson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062668875
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Published: Ecco - November 8th, 2016

Too Loud a Solitude Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780156904582
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Published: Mariner Books - April 27th, 1992

Hantá rescues books from the jaws of his compacting press and carries them home. Hrabal, whom Milan Kundera calls “our very best writer today,” celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word. Translated by Michael Henry Heim.


The Art of Solitude Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780300250930
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Published: Yale University Press - February 18th, 2020

“Elegant and formally ingenious.”—Geoff Wisner, Wall Street Journal
 
In a time of social distancing and isolation, a meditation on the beauty of solitude from renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor
 
When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned


My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142401118
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude-and danger-of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.


Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061859373
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Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2012

Fire Season both evokes and honors the great hermit celebrants of nature, from Dillard to Kerouac to Thoreau—and I loved it.”
—J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar


The Seven Storey Mountain Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780156010863
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 1999

One of the most famous books ever written about a man’s search for faith and peace.

The Seven Storey Mountain tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man, who at the age of twenty-six, takes vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders—the Trappist monks.


The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143120100
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2011

Profound reflections on family and the natural world-from the legendary Native American author.

With the publication of Ceremony in 1978, Leslie Marmon Silko established herself as a storyteller of unique power and brilliance.


Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374537432
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2018

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017


Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399562327
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

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.


Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679762874
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 1995

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Robyn Davidson's opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back."


Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501152290
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Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

In the bestselling tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Helen MacDonald’s H Is for Hawk, Karen Auvinen, an award-winning poet, ventures into the wilderness to seek answers to life’s big questions with “candor [and] admirable courage” (Christian Science Monitor).

Determined to live an independent life on her own terms, Karen Auvinen


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Blue Highways: A Journey into America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316353298
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 19th, 1999

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads.


Possum Living: How to Live Well without a Job and With (Almost) No Money Cover Image
By Dolly Freed, Novella Carpenter (Contributions by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793200
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Published: Tin House Books - January 1st, 2019

“A back-to-the-land classic” (Garden & Gun) that will “inspire you to embrace a simpler life” (O, The Oprah Magazine).


The Living Mountain: A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland (Canons #6) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781786897350
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Published: Canongate Books - October 1st, 2019

Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.


Henry David Thoreau: A Life Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780226599373
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 28th, 2018

“Walden. Yesterday I came here to live.” That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon.


At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608298
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 10th, 2020

A profound meditation on accepting, and celebrating, one’s solitude.


The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781619029101
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 14th, 2017

The Penny Poet of Portsmouth is a memoir of the author's friendship with Robert Dunn, a brilliant poet who spent most of his life off the grid in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


A Book of Silence Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781582436135
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 17th, 2010

In her late forties, after a noisy upbringing as one of six children and adulthood as a vocal feminist and mother, Sara Maitland found herself living alone in the country and, to her surprise, falling in love with silence.


Solitude: A Return to the Self Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743280747
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Published: Free Press - October 3rd, 2005

Originally published in 1988, Anthony Storr's bestselling meditation on the creative individual's need for solitude has become a classic.

A pre-eminent work in self-help and popular psychology literature, Solitude was seminal in challenging the psychological paradigm that “interpersonal relationships of an intimate kind are the chief, if not the only, source of human happiness.