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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Liz Tuccillo Narrator: Judy Gree Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s the most annoying question and they just can’t help asking you: Why are you single?

On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single thirty-eight-year-old book publicist, gets a hysterical phone call from her friend Georgia. Reeling from her husband’s announcement that he is leaving her for a samba teacher, Georgia convinces a reluctant Julie to organize a fun girls’ night out with all of their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not to be tied down.

But the night becomes a wake-up call for Julie because none of her friends seem to be having much fun: Alice, a former legal aid attorney, has recently quit her job to start dating for a living; Serena is so busy becoming a fully realized person that she can’t find time to look for a mate; and Ruby, a curvy and compassionate woman, has been mourning the death of her cat for months.

Fed up being single in Manhattan, Julie sets off to find out how women around the world deal with this dreaded phenomenon. From Paris to Rio to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai, and Reykjavik, Julie falls in love, gets her heart broken, sees the world, and learns more than she ever dreamed possible.

Written in Liz Tuccillo’s pitch-perfect, hilarious, and relatable voice, How to Be Single is the ultimate novel for the adventurer in us all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tuccillo, a former story editor of HBO’s Sex and the City, shows that she can tell a story on the page as well as she can on the small screen. Her novel cleverly moves back and forth between the heroine’s travels all over the world to her friend’s dealing with the everyday minutiae back home in New York City.” 

    Romantic Times

  • “In her energetic fiction debut, [Tuccillo] follows the dating lives of five single New York women, one of whom, narrator Julie, is writing a book about how bachelorettes across the world manage. The subsequent stories of courtship, marriage, and romantic expectations are revealing and compelling.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tuccillo, author of the enormously popular He’s Just Not That Into You, ventures into fictional territory that distinctly echoes Sex and the City…Both entertaining and thoughtful, Tuccillo’s debut is a must read for women navigating the sometimes treacherous dating world.” 


  • “Liz Tuccillo’s debut novel is part fascinating, hands-and-lips-on anthropological study and part whirlwind trip around the world. But most of all, How To Be Single is a tribute to female friendship with a double dose of hilarity and heart!” 

    Claire Cook, author of  Must Love Dogs

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jen Donnelly | 2/2/2014

    " I rarely stop reading a book before finishing, but I just couldn't keep going with this one. I gave it 100 pages and had NO interest in the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cursedwyvern | 2/1/2014

    " From the chick who created Sex and the City! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mia | 1/22/2014

    " Chick lit for chicks who like to travel. Interesting characters, very Sex and the City, but slightly more realistic and sad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kati | 12/29/2013

    " I rarely start a book and then not finish it, but I just can't get into this one. I'm a bit disappointed -- from the description I thought it was going to be a cute book about some single women and their struggles to find "Mr. Right" ... in a way that's what it's about, but in a way it's not, and it's not cute. I thought I would find myself chuckling out loud at some of their exploits, but I didn't. It almost reads more like a non-fiction book about 4 women, and one in particular who decides to travel the world to learn how women around the world deal with being single. Perhaps I can't get into it because I'm not single and I never really did the dating scene, and I've never lived in a large city ... I don't know, but I've got too many books on my TBR list to spend time reading one that isn't enjoyable. "

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