The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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Penguin, 2019 - Fiction - 352 pages
"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

The author of Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone's radar.


Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell.

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all--or mostly all--excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
 

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User Review  - bell7 - LibraryThing

Nina Hill is 29, single, and likes her life just fine, thank you very much. She has a structured, organized life with a decent job at a bookstore, good friends, and a cat. She and her friends are in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

Bookish offers a funny and inviting "today is the day" opening. It further delivers a lot of bookstore and book lore, a surprising new family, a hard-to-believe mother, and the newest trope of being ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
12
Section 3
25
Section 4
33
Section 5
44
Section 6
57
Section 7
68
Section 8
73
Section 14
153
Section 15
175
Section 16
181
Section 17
207
Section 18
231
Section 19
253
Section 20
271
Section 21
281

Section 9
91
Section 10
105
Section 11
115
Section 12
129
Section 13
139
Section 22
312
Section 23
317
Section 24
327
Section 25
335
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About the author (2019)

Abbi Waxman, the author of Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings, is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.

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