Original title: Yksin, kiitos
Author: Marika Riikonen
Publisher: Hertta Kustannus
Genre: Personal Growth & Lifestyle
English sample and table of contents
Let Finland, the nation of notorious introverts, help you to reclaim being alone!
- An entertaining examination of the stigma of loneliness
- A good life lived alone is a phenomenon that is taboo - and yet perfectly ordinary
A hermit, a lonely one, a spinster. Living alone, or even a short period of longing for some alone time seems to be an issue necessary for an immediate fix: the society punishes, relatives jab, politicians admonish, those in a happy relationship push their horrifying friends onto you, and the media just strengthens the stereotypes. What if someone wants to be alone, enjoys their own company?
The need for being alone - for "me-time" - is very common. Still, literature on it is scarce - even if being alone is connected to all aspects of life, the big and the small.
Alone - Yes, Please! examines this taboo-like phenomena thoroughly. It combines sharp societal discussions and humoristic observances by delving into existing literature and hearing from people that feel the need for solitude.
Based on the author’s own experiences, Alone - Yes, Please! shakes our strongly rooted idea that life revolving around family or a relationship, never mind the constant need for company, is the only right option.
Marika Riikonen is an author and journalist from Tampere. She lives with a cat, but enjoys the company of humans as well - as long as she’s had her morning coffee alone first.
An intelligent and wise book that gives a blessing to the decision to be alone. So many things and thoughts felt familiar [--] nearly everyone feels the need to be in only their own company from time to time [--] it’s not a fault, not a traumatic response, not a sign of commitment issues or anything else that needs to be healed or punished.
– Anu Holopainen, author