Self-Help and Humor
One place where singles clearly have not been overlooked is in the self-help industry. Many titles seem to suggest that singles–especially single women–have a condition they need help in curing; or, the authors try to reassure singles that it really is possible to be single and happy. The titles listed here are just a small sampling of the self-help and humor books for singles.
Amador, X. & Kiersky, J. (1998). Being single in a couples’ world: How to be happily single while looking for love. NY: The Free Press.
Anders, D., Clement, N., Conti, C., & Trent, L. (1999). Single and content: Experiencing singleness in a paired-off world. Nashville, TN: Word Publishing.
Bakos, S. C. (1985). This wasn’t supposed to happen: Single women over 30 talk frankly about their lives. NY: Continuum.
Barkas, J. L. (1980). Single in America. NY: Atheneum.
Baruch, G., Barnett, R., & Rivers, C. (1983), Lifeprints: New patterns of love and work for today’s women. NY: New American Library. (Chapter 9. Divorce: Coming apart, getting it together. Chapter 11. By myself.)
Bequaert, L.H. (1976). Single women, alone and together. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
Broder, M. (1988). The art of living single. NY: Avon Books.
Buckvar, F. (1997, January 12). Magazine advises singles. The New York Times, p. 21.
Canfield, J., Hansen, M. V., Hawthorne, J. R., & Shimoff, M. (1999). Chicken soup for the single’s soul: Stories of love and inspiration for the single, divorced and widowed. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.
Edwards, M., & Hoover, E. (1974). The challenge of being single. NY: Hawthorn Books.
Fielding, H. (1998). Bridget Jones’s diary. NY: Viking. (Humor)
Fracchia, C.A. (1979). How to be single creatively. NY: McGraw-Hill.
Fracchia, C. A. (1985). Spirituality for single individuals. Studies in Formative Spirituality, 6, 359-367.
Heloise. (1993). Household hints for singles. NY: Perigee.
Koons, C.A. & Anthony, M.J. (1995). Single adult passages: Unchartered territories. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Lewis, K. G. (2001). With or without a man: Single women taking control of their lives. Palo Alto, CA: Bull Publishing.
Lombard, J. (1996). How to stay single forever. NY: Warner Books. (Humor)
McAleese, T. (1993). Money power for singles. Hawthorne, NJ: The Career Press.
O’Brien, P. (1973). The woman alone. NY: Quadrangle / The New York Times Book Company.
Page, S. (1990). If I’m so wonderful, why am I still single? NY: Bantam Books.
Parker, R. S. (1978). Living single successfully: How to be your own person–with or without a partner. NY: Franklin Watts.
Payne, D. (1969). Women without men: Creative living for singles, divorcees, and widows. Philadelphia, PA: Pilgrim Press.
Peterson, N. L. (1982). The ever-single woman: Life without marriage. NY: Quill. (Published in hardcover as Our lives for ourselves: Women who have never married.)
Philipson, I. (2002). Married to the job: Why we live to work and what we can do about it. NY: The Free Press.
Rand, R. (1995). Playing the tuba at midnight: The joys and challenges of singleness. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. (Humor)
Reilly, L. (1996). Women living single: Thirty women share their stories of navigating through a married world. Boston, MA: Faber and Faber.
Robinson, R. (1991). When women choose to be single. North Hollywood, CA: Newcastle Publishing.
Salmansohn, K. (2000). Even God is single (so stop giving me a hard time). NY: Workman. (Humor)
Seskin, J. (1985). Alone--not lonely: Independent living for women over fifty. Glenville, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company.
Shahan, L. (1981). Living alone and loving it: A complete guide to living on your own. NY: Stratford Press.
Simenauer, J., & Russell, M. (1997). Single’s guide to cruise vacations. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing.
Sims, C. (1999). Loving me: A sisterfriend’s guide to being single and happy. NY: Owl.
Smith, B.T., & Goecke Burns, L. (1997). Single women vs. married women: A politically incorrect comparison. Chatsworth, CA: CCC Publications. (Humor)
Thompson, C.E. (1990). Single solutions: An essential guide for the single career woman. Boston, MA: Branden Publishing Company.
Wolfe, L. (1993). Women who may never marry: The reasons, realities and opportunities. Atlanta, GA: Longstreet Press.
Zobel, A. (1992). The joy of being single. NY: Workman. (Humor)
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