Book Review for HOW TO BE ALONE by Lane Moore
HOW TO BE ALONE: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't by Lane Moore
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An honest and humorous look into one woman’s life and relationships.
HOW TO BE ALONE is a truly candid, lay-it-all-out-there memoir exploring the ups and downs Moore had with the people who came into her life. The author looks back and exposes her innermost thoughts, fears, and hopes in a witty and at times self-deprecating way.
In what seems like a trend within memoirs recently, this book exposes the life of its author. Moore opens up about her experiences for us to understand her and possibly ourselves better. The one thing which stood out the most to me was her voice. I loved the writing and flow as she sprinkled in zingers with her reflections on a quite unique life. There is a genuine sense of reality within the pages of this book because nothing is sugar-coated. However, with all the moments I was shocked or felt bad for her situation, I wasn't put off by the memories told. In fact, I was kept reading with interest.
For those who may think this is a self-help book or a guide to better relationships, please note this is not. This is a smart, funny, and raw memoir chronicling a woman's journey through life so far.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 on the page, as both a former writer for The Onion and an award-winning sex and relationships editor for Cosmopolitan. But her story has had its obstacles, including being her own parent, living in her car as a teenager, and moving to New York City to pursue her dreams. Through it all, she looked to movies, TV, and music as the family and support systems she never had.
From spending the holidays alone to having better “stranger luck” than with those closest to her to feeling like the last hopeless romantic on earth, Lane reveals her powerful and entertaining journey in all its candor, anxiety, and ultimate acceptance—with humor always her bolstering force and greatest gift.
How to Be Alone is a must-read for anyone whose childhood still feels unresolved, who spends more time pretending to have friends online than feeling close to anyone in real life, who tries to have genuine, deep conversations in a roomful of people who would rather you not. Above all, it’s a book for anyone who desperately wants to feel less alone and a little more connected through reading her words.
About the Author: Lane Moore is an award-winning comedian, writer, actor, and musician. The New York Times called her comedy show Tinder Live “ingenious.” Her comedy and her band, It Was Romance, have been praised everywhere from Pitchfork to Vogue, and her writing has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to The Onion. She is the former sex and relationships editor at Cosmopolitan, where she received a GLAAD Award for her groundbreaking work expanding the magazine’s queer coverage. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog-child, Lights. You can follow Lane at @HelloLaneMoore on Instagram and Twitter or visit LaneMoore.org.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (November 6, 2018)
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