Book Review: Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman’s How to Be Alone

February 12, 2014 4 out of 5, review 0 ★★★★

Book Review: Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman’s How to Be AloneTitle: How to Be Alone
Author: Andrea Dorfman, Tanya Davis
Genre: Self Help
My Rating: four-stars
My Copy: Review Copy via Harper
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Synopsis: A charming and deeply poignant illustrated poem based on the popular viral Internet video that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

If you are, at first, lonely be patient. If you've not been alone much or if, when you were, you weren't okay with it then just wait...

Since its debut on YouTube, Tanya Davis's beautiful and perceptive poem, How to Be Alone, visually realized by artist and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman, has become an international sensation. Her wise and perceptive words, vivid in their evocation of solitude's beauty and calm, have touched millions. Now her poem's deep eloquence and compelling illustrations have been adapted for the page in this beautiful, meditative volume, a keepsake to treasure and to share.

From a solitary walk in the woods to sitting unaccompanied on a city park bench to eating a meal and even dancing alone, Tanya reveals the possibilities and joys waiting to be discovered when we engage in activities on our own. As she soothes the disquietude that accompanies the fear of aloneness, and celebrates the power of solitude to change how we see ourselves and the world, Tanya reavels how, removed from the noise and distractions of other lives, we can find acceptance and grace within.

For those who have never been by themselves and those who feel lost or lonely on their own, this moving work encourages us to recognize and embrace the possibilities of being alone-and reminds us of a universe of joy, peace, and discovery waiting to unfold.

I’m finding it difficult to review this wonderful little gem of a book, but here goes. Based on the YouTube video, Tanya Davis and Andrea Dorfman’s How to be Alone is a perfect companion to the video as well as an inspiring guidebook for anyone.

If you’ve seen the video you know it’s profound and makes you comfortable with being by yourself. In the book, they’ve extended parts of Davis’ How to Be Alone to be more solitary. In a way, the single images illustrated by Dorfman lets you take a moment to take in Davis’ message. You can spend your time reflecting what she’s trying to convey and gives you the ability to envision how you can apply it to your life. The illustrations are vivid and powerful.

What I really liked about How to be Alone is the message it conveys. You don’t have to be an introvert to fully appreciate the book and anyone can use it. It’s also not one of those self-help books that tries to feed you unwanted information, but instead allows you to pick and choose which activities you want to try out. As I stated, anyone can use this and it’s small enough to carry around town. It is the perfect companion to the video since you can refer to it often without the need to see the video. And if you’ve never seen the video, you’re in luck in since the book doesn’t require to have previous knowledge.

If you’re shy or looking to try things on your own, pick up How to Be Alone! You won’t be disappointed and even if you don’t end up using the tips suggested, you’ll walk away knowing that it’s okay to be alone.

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