How to Be Single

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Simon & Schuster Australia, 2008 - Dating (Social customs) - 357 pages
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It's the most annoying question and they just can't help asking you. You'll be asked it at family gatherings, weddings, and on first dates. And you'll ask yourself far too often. It's the question that has no good answer. It's the question that when people stop asking it, makes you feel even worse: Why are you single? On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single thirty-eight-yearold book publicist, is on her way to work when she 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 their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not to be tied down. But the night, which starts with steaks and martinis and ends with a trip to the hospital, becomes a wake-up call for Julie. Because none of her friends seems to be having much fun right now: 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. So, fed up with the dysfunction and disappointments of being single in Manhattan, Julie quits her job and sets off to find out how women around the world are dealing with this dreaded phenomenon. From Paris to Rio to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai, and Reykjav'k, Julie falls in love, gets her heart broken, sees the world, and learns more than she ever dreamed possible. Back in New York, her friends are grappling with their own issues - bad blind dates, loveless engagements, custody battles, and single motherhood. Through their journeys, all these women fight to redefine their vision of love, happiness, and a fulfilled life. 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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User Review  - mlake - LibraryThing

I like that this book did not have the chick-lit/romance happy ending. Throughout the book the people Julie talks to push her to think about love and what she believes. Is it a numbers game, the more ... Read full review

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User Review  - ennie - LibraryThing

The author worked on Sex and the City and cowrote He's Just Not That Into You, but I just wasn't that into this book. Julie takes an international road trip to research singledom around the world, and has many adventures. The foreign settings and people just didn't do it for me. Read full review


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Liz Tuccillo is an American writer and producer. She is best known for her work as executive story editor of HBO's Emmy-winning Sex and the City and also has written for Off Broadway. She is the co-author of He's Just Not That Into You, along with Greg Behrendt, and won a Quill Award. She also wrote the novel, How to be Single, which was made into a major motion picture.

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