“There is nothing like a good domestic background for producing results.” ~Marjorie Hillis
Circa 1936, women were finding their footing in the World of Man and finding they were liking the freedom, independence, and individuality of being on their own and not dependent upon a man to live their life. This new world of independence brought on many questions about exactly how a woman should act and be when they live alone.
Marjorie Hillis heard these questions and answered them with her book Live Alone and Like It. From fighting off loneliness to proper etiquette on how one should act in the presence of a suitor, this book discusses it all. I just happened by a review on this book and it sounded interesting and quirky and so I bought me a copy to see what all the hub-bub was about. I am so glad I did!
Being a single woman in today’s age of online dating (which I refuse to do), constant electronic busyness (I have gotten better about staying constantly plugged it), and demands from everyday life (still trying to find the balance), I struggle with finding time for just me. This book helped open my eyes to the fact that I must take the time to ‘do me’. As all the ladies know, when you take the time to look good, you feel good about yourself, and life seems easier.
Live Alone and Like It has some great advice for the single woman out there. Not only does the author, Marjorie Hillis, explain how a “Liver-Alone” has to manage life on their own, she also discusses how life of a single man and life of a single woman differ. Single women need to take the initiative to get together with friends instead of waiting for the invitation to come their way.
One of the first lines in the book says it all starts with the attitude. If you do not have the right attitude when you live alone, you will be overtaken by the negative mindset of depression, desolation, self-loathing, and loneliness. Will you feel some of these things, especially loneliness, at times-yes. Will the advice and tools help you know how to defeat it-of course!
The book contains practical advice in every area of struggle a woman may feel when she is living alone and having to fend for herself. Along with the practical advice, the author provides examples and answers to the most asked questions a woman may have. The only thing a reader may find as an issue is some examples are dated for the time the book was written, but overall, the advice given in Live Alone and Like It can be used and put into practice in today’s society.
I give Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis 4 out of 5 Bookmarks. Give it a read, Dear Bloggites, you will enjoy the whimsy nature of the writing along with the practical advice.