Lane Moore’s book of essays How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even if You Don’t is a humorous collection that I found to be about a universally connecting topic: loneliness. Moore hosted her iconic show Tinder Live and a former writer for The Onion and is 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.
Despite the title, this book was a great reminder that you truly aren’t the only person who for one reason or another is “alone” – and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you are!