The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone

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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
NATALIE EVE GARRETT is an artist and a writer. She's the editor of Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers and The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, Natalie lives with her husband, daughter, and son in a town outside D.C.
Praise for The Lonely Stories

A Fortune Best Book of the Month
The Millions, A Most Anticipated Book of the Month

"Moving." --The New York Times Book Review

"Stories about longing to feel seen, or feeling power in solitude, from some of our favorite writers." --Sophia June, A NYLON Best New Book of the Month

"Poignant, sad, uplifting, and hopeful all at once, and a great read whether you feel lonely in the moment or not." --Sarah Neilson, Shondaland

"Wise, wondrous . . . A necessary guidebook in our Covid era." --Hamilton Cain, Oprah Daily

"Compelling and timely . . . Quietly powerful . . . I underlined and underlined. I texted photos of entire pages of these essays to my female friends. They hearted the messages and texted back YES." --Charlotte Hecht, Los Angeles Review of Books

"Has there ever been a more appropriate time for a chronicle of writers' individual experiences with the state of being alone than now, in the midst of an isolating and prolonged global pandemic? . . . From a diverse set of acclaimed authors." --Sophia Carr, Zyzzyva

"This collection is a reminder of the commonalities of human experience, an examination of the challenges of a social species, and an uplifting look at how we connect with ourselves when we are alone." --Oh Reader

"Gutsy and illuminating."--Nell Beram, Shelf Awareness

"Absolute must-read essay collection . . . Serving at once as a how-to, therapy, and a literary companion, this collection will bring light to readers." --Booklist (starred review)

"An absorbing, moving, cathartic collection."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Solitude gets the spotlight in this illuminating anthology . . . Garrett has made a subject often feared into something uplifting . . . Fans of the personal essay will want to check this out." --Publishers Weekly

"The most riveting essay collection I've ever read. Each essay offers a strong sense of place and investigates the texture of aloneness. The surgeon general says loneliness is an epidemic; these writers have taken moments of loneliness and made art." --Christie Tate, author of Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life

"A poignant tour through the beauty and challenges of solitude--as a thing to escape, covet, cultivate, and come to terms with." --Tajja Isen, author of Some of My Best Friends

"This profound collection shines light on the different facets of being alone, a condition of modern life that predates the pandemic and will continue beyond. It's a gorgeous, illuminating exploration of the ways in which connection is crucial to survival and creative expression can heal." --Suleika Jaouad, author of Between Two Kingdoms

"Surprising, sly, heart-stopping, celebratory--the essays in The Lonely Stories evoke the gamut of emotions, in the way of isolation itself. A timely, and lasting, collection." --Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

Praise for Eat Joy

"The essays in Eat Joy are so sharp, so real, so beautiful, so full of heartbreak . . . Each is an extraordinary act of generosity." --Helen Rosner, food correspondent for The New Yorker

"Natalie Eve Garrett's Eat Joy does this magical thing where it makes you remember the tastes of the heaviest times in your life, while reminding you that everyone on earth has experienced the taste of love and loss, though none of our tastes are the same. This is the first collection that ever made me want to sensually eat, cook, write, and thank all the wonderful makers of the most memorable memories in my life." --Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy