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Seek You
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness | Kristen Radtke
From the acclaimed author of Imagine Wanting Only This--a timely and moving meditation on isolation and longing, both as individuals and as a society. There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns. In Seek You, Kristen Radtke's wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another, and the distance that remains. Through the lenses of gender and violence, technology and art, Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing, and shares what feels impossible to share. Ranging from the invention of the laugh-track to the rise of Instagram, the bootstrap-pulling cowboy to the brutal experiments of Harry Harlow, Radtke investigates why we engage with each other, and what we risk when we turn away. With her distinctive, emotionally-charged drawings and deeply empathetic prose, Kristen Radtke masterfully shines a light on some of our most vulnerable and sublime moments, and asks how we might keep the spaces between us from splitting entirely.
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MallenNC
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While this graphic nonfiction work was written prior to the pandemic, it feels especially relevant now. In it, she covers the issue of loneliness in American society, including how loneliness, “rugged individualism,” and being alone is represented and experienced in U.S. culture. There‘s a fascinating section on research into attachment and love. She also includes her own efforts at connection. It‘s a pretty deep work to be this concise.

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ARTDJG
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👌🇺🇸

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Smartypants
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Mehso-so

Typically, I take a picture of the book, but seeing as it is currently in my luggage…finished this book on a cruise that I had taken solo. Definitely reminded me why I need to do a better job creating a community around me, hard to do when you are an introvert! Lol.

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Well-ReadNeck
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This book is such a mood. And, lots of great tidbits both to share at cocktail parties (if we ever have those again) and to think on.

vivastory I have been meaning to read Imagine Wanting Only This for awhile. Adding to my tentative stack for #nonfictionnovember 1mo
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jackilynn
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🤔

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Chelsea.Poole
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A thorough examination of how being alone impacts us individually and also as a nation. America personified as the cowboy, a symbol of rugged individualism, something I hadn‘t considered before reading this. Connection to others has changed tremendously over time and the lack of community has a negative impact on our health. Amazing artwork with interesting facts make an impressive, page-turning graphic novel.

BarbaraBB I am not American but very intrigued. 2mo
Megabooks Glad you enjoyed it too!! It is very good @BarbaraBB 👍🏻 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB I honestly wondered why she put an emphasis on America in the subtitle. While there is some focus on the US, I felt most of the topics are universal. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I saw your review! I‘ve been reading several great graphic novels of late 😊 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘d think so too! 2mo
Megabooks Have you read this one? 2mo
Megabooks I enjoyed both! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks oh my gosh I just, today, checked out from the library 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I haven‘t read Dr. Laura but I believe our library does have it. I‘ve seen it around a lot but haven‘t opened it. Now that I have a trusted reader‘s opinion I‘ll have to change that! 2mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole lol! We are such 👯‍♀️!! Definitely check out Dr. Laura when you have chance! 👍🏻 2mo
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jackilynn
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🤔😳

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JenReadsAlot
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I really enjoyed this one. Serious look at the impact of loneliness. #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Trashcanman I need to buy this. 2mo
JenReadsAlot @Trashcanman I hope you like it. 2mo
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Megabooks
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Part memoir part sociology, this graphic nonfiction explores what it means to feel alone. Radtke takes on how loneliness affects each of the five senses. She shares times she has felt alone and the scientific research into loneliness, including the controversial UW-Madison experiments with monkeys. This book was truly fascinating, and the artwork was great. Definitely recommend!

JenReadsAlot Picked this up at the library today so glad to see your review! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @Jenreads same here! 3mo
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot @Chelsea.Poole I think you‘ll both like it. Really well done. I read it in Libby and would love to have had it bigger than my phone screen! 3mo
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BarbaraBB That artwork looks wonderful indeed. 3mo
Cinfhen Interesting! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great title 💔 3mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it was truly impressive! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it really was. You know I like nonfiction graphics. 3mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts the book could be heartbreaking at times, but it was really well done. 3mo
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TiredLibrarian
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A series of mini-essays and personal reflections on loneliness. Sometimes heartbreaking; occasionally appalling (looking at you, Harry Harlow). The graphic elements didn't always enhance the work for me, but at its best reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting (like the apartments on the cover). #nonfiction #graphic #graphicnovel #psychology #sociology

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TiredLibrarian
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Just started this nonfiction graphic book on loneliness; very good so far. I'm not a big fan of graphics, but the color palette & illustrations suit the text beautifully. #nonfiction #graphic #graphicnovel #psychology

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Augustdana
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Almost done this book and wow! Lots of research leads to a very interesting overview of loneliness. Kind of horrified with the chapter about the monkey research, but overall really enjoyed this.

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EH2018
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Really enjoying this one

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Eyelit
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As I was checking out the staff person asked if I wanted the books stamped - I said of course. Such a cute idea! 😍 #nowherebookshop

gossamerchild Oh I'm so glad you are able to visit that store in person! 4mo
charl08 Love this idea. Wish my local did it! 3mo
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Christine
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I love Kristen Radtke bc she‘s from my home state of WI, bc her art rules, and bc of her earnestness re: thinking and learning more about the human condition. Like her first graphic novel, this felt meandering to me, but not in a bad way. She makes a couple of leaps from social science research to broad generalizations that didn‘t quite ring true for me. But I liked this and agree that loneliness is a topic well worth studying from many angles.

MallenNC I have a hold in for this at my library. 4mo
Augustdana Oohhh this one is on my list as well. 4mo
Christine @MallenNC @Augustdana Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it! ❤️ 4mo
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librarygoddess619
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I identify with this so much. I always feel on the outside of things.

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Avanders
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Anytime I accrue enough points to get a free book from @penguinrandomhouse I think about how grateful I am that @LibrarianRyan told me about it. Thank you again!! This book is gorgeous and I can‘t wait to sink into it. 😍😍

LibrarianRyan Yeah. I have a free one to claim and just haven‘t yet. 4mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan lol I *never* let them linger… credits just burn holes in my proverbial pockets until I use them 😳🥸 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Avanders I usually use mine the minute I can. However I lost my debit card on 4th of July and STILL don't have a new one (USPS fault, not my bank). And I had some books I wanted to order at the same time so I could use the free shipping. 4mo
Avanders @LibrarianRyan 😟 oh no!! Ugh the Usps is so unpredictable these days 😔 4mo
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Flaneurette
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Oh dear, I shouldn‘t be allowed in the bookstore.My 12 yr old has a reasonable stack of only 2 books

Christine I think this is a fantastic stack, and I‘m especially coveting the tagged and the NYT cookbook! ❤️ 5mo
Flaneurette @Christine the cookbook has a really nice fabric cover that‘s flexible, I had to get it once I saw it in person 5mo
Flaneurette The journaling stuff is for my 17 yr old that‘s heading off to college this fall so it‘s not all for me 😆 5mo
ValerieAndBooks Don‘t feel bad…maybe your 12 year old will get to some of them someday 😂 5mo
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Schlinkles
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Finally have had a few days away from work and responsibilities so I‘m getting to read things that I‘ve been looking forward to.

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