The Art of Sleeping Alone

The Art of Sleeping Alone

Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave up Sex

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Baker & Taylor
A beloved French author, journalist, editor and fashion blogger, at 49 years of age, makes a deliberate choice to remain single and celibate, a truly liberating decision that opens up a number of questions about the over-sexed society in which we live.

& Taylor

Recounts the author's choice at forty-nine years of age to remain single and celibate, a liberating decision that opened up a number of questions about today's over-sexed society.

Simon and Schuster
Sophie Fontanel, bestselling novelist and iconic editor of French Elle, tells the provocative story of her decision to stop having sex—a choice that profoundly changed her view of herself and her place in the world.

At the age of twenty-seven, after many years of having (and, for the most part, enjoying) an active sex life, beloved French author, journalist, editor, and fashion blogger Sophie Fontanel decided she wanted to take a break. Despite having it all—a glamorous job, plenty of dates and boyfriends, stylish clothes, and endless parties to attend—she still wasn’t happy, and found herself wanting more. She chose to give up her sex life, and in so doing shocked all of her friends and colleagues. What she discovers about herself is truly liberating and raises a number of questions about the expectations of the society in which we live. As she experiences being the only non-coupled one at dinner parties, weekend getaways, and summer vacations, she muses inspiringly on what it means to find hap­piness and fulfillment alone.

Provocative and illuminating, The Art of Sleeping Alone, which spent eight weeks on the bestseller list in France, offers advice on love and sex while challenging modern-day conven­tions of marriage and motherhood, making this an ideal read for anyone who has chosen to do things a little differently.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
ISBN: 9781451696271
Branch Call Number: 306.815 F735a 2013
Characteristics: 153 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda


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Oct 31, 2013

I did not like this book. Maybe things were lost in translation. Maybe I just did not get her writing style. I thought that some of the chapters (if you can call them chapters) did not fit in. There was just short little essays that seemed disjointed and did not flow together in a story. What killed me was page 78. She talked about a deaf person as being handicapped and how people use their handicap to look gifted. Once I read this I knew that this book was going down hill for me. This was not a book that I enjoyed.


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