2019 Will Bring Happy Singlehood and Martyr-Free Living

2019 has just begun, and the good news for single people is already piling up.

Posted Jan 07, 2019

This new year, 2019, is looking very promising for single people. I hinted at that in my previous Living Single post, a 2018 round-up, and promised to explain.

New Research

I get articles to review for scholarly journals, so that gives me some idea of the studies about single people likely to be published in the coming year. I can’t discuss the specifics until the research is available in the public domain, but I can tell you some general things, and they are all good.

First, researchers are finally getting past the point where, in just about all of their articles, single people are simply included as a comparison group in studies designed to show that getting married makes you happier or healthier. (It doesn’t.) Now, scholars are showing a real interest in the lives of single people, respecting them as important in and of themselves.

Second, one new study, once published, is going to shatter the suggestion that discrimination against single people is inconsequential. This research documents an example of singlism that is a matter of life and death.

New Books

There are some terrific new books relevant to single people forthcoming in 2019. Here are just a few of the ones I know about.

Happy singlehood: The rising acceptance and celebration of solo living, by Elyakim Kislev.

I’ve read an early version of this and I am very excited about it.

No thanks: Black, female, and living in the martyr-free zone, by Keturah Kendrick.

This is not due out until June 2019, so there is no link yet, but I read an early version and was blown away. I’m hoping this new, bold, and totally unapologetic voice will make a big splash.

Love, Inc: Dating apps, the big white wedding, and chasing the happily neverafter, by Laurie Essig.

This is an important book and I predict that it will be noticed.

On being 40-ish, edited by Lindsey Mead.

This essay collection includes some great contributions relevant to single life, living alone, and valuing people beyond romantic partners. I inhaled it.

Childless: A historical companion for the 21st century, by Rachel Chrastil.

Another important book I had the good fortune to see in advance. (It is not listed online yet.) Of course, there are single people who do have children, so the next book is also relevant.

Channel crossing: The challenge and success of single parenting, by Amy Carpenter.

This is an excellent book, too. (It is not yet available for pre-ordering.)

As I write this, it is still the first week of 2019, so I think this is a good start on a promising year for single people. If you have additions, please share them in the comments section.