Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

I’m excited today to tell you about author Abbi Waxman’s new release, THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL (Berkley Trade Paperback Original, July 9).

Inspired by the incredible young female booksellers she’s met while touring, Abbi’s third novel introduces confirmed introvert and twentysomething bookseller Nina Hill—whose carefully plotted life is about to go way off-script.

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL is what happens when Liane Moriarty’s skewering of suburbia meets the endearing quirkiness of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

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.

Author Abbi Waxman/Photo:
© Photo by Leanna Creel
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. She can be found online at abbiwaxman.com, Facebook.com/abbiwaxmanbooks, and on Twitter @amplecat.

Thanks for stopping by today. What are your thoughts on the solace and sanctuary of a good book? When someone asks for a book recommendation, what’s your first response?


  1. Books have ALWAYS been my solace and my sanctuary. A place to find education, comfort, amusement and/or escape.
    Book recommendations are tricky. It is so often such a subjective thing. I did enjoy Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, but my heart twinged often as I read it.

  2. Books are a great escape, but real life is always better.
    Congratulations, Abbi!

  3. A book about a book lover? That's my sort of protagonist, Mason! And the story does sound engaging. It sounds as though there's wit in the novel, too, which makes it all the better. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sounds like a good read. I love the book cover!

  5. Sounds great! I'm a little bit like Nina - and breaking out of the shell is TOUGH!
    I've always used books for support, solace, sanctuary. They're one of my happy places for sure


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