Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time

Melville House. Jan. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781685890056. $27.99. SOC SCI
Liming (literature, Champlain Coll.; What a Library Means to a Woman) suggests ways to reclaim one’s social life through what’s supposed to be the simple act of hanging out. However, the pandemic made hanging out difficult. The book includes tips and strategies for different situations such as parties, work, and more. The author discusses the importance of making room for these types of activities, being assertive about it, and protecting that time from those other aspects of life that can affect it, such as working more than usual. The book’s format is laid out in sections that seem to build on each other, from the start to the finish. It is written in a stream-of-consciousness style, so, at times, it seems to go in different directions, but the conclusion nicely wraps the content together, along with relatable examples of the author’s experiences.
VERDICT This book is recommended for those interested in social theory, time management, and relationships.
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