The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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""Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1New York Timesbestselling 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"--
"Nina Hill's life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it's more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything ... The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. Nina now has innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins all living within a twenty-mile radius--some welcoming and some not so welcoming, but all demanding her attention. If that's not enough, Nina's talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd--who's totally into her--is obviously too good to be true. Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world--and her heart--is a risk worth taking"--
Publisher: New York :, Berkley,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451491886
Characteristics: c

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Aug 13, 2019

I read this author's Garden of Small Beginnings a couple of years ago and loved it. The blend of poignancy and humor was wonderful. Waxman did it again with this well-written heroine and her growing cast of friends and family. Nina is a mix of anxiety, self-deprecation, and intelligent arrogance. I wouldn't normally think those traits could work together to endear me to a character, but it was the perfect blend for a lovingly imperfect heroine. Although I found this story to be a bit lighter in tone than the previous book I read by the author, it still had its moments of poignancy and lots of witty banter and commentary. The romance was entertaining, but I felt it was secondary to Nina's character growth. There was a moment after the half-way mark where I thought the story was slowing its momentum. Yet, by the end, the story was the perfect pacing for Nina's life and learning who she was, is, or who she ultimately wanted to be. Another fabulous story by this entertaining author.

Jul 20, 2019

Would have given it a higher rating but I was turned off by so much vulgarity and profanity. I ended up not finishing it because the unrefined tone was so jarring and out of place with the charming story. When the author just focused on telling the story, I enjoyed it. But, I wouldn't recommend it. It's seems there's a competition among authors to see who can use F** in the most inappropriate places, and it appears that this author wants to be a contender for the title.

Jun 30, 2019

If you love books, can you find love with someone who doesn't? How do you cope with the knowledge that you are not an only child of a single, world-travelling mother; but instead have a large complicated, extended family with stepmothers, step brothers and sister and more? How do you help your boss keep her bookstore open when the rent is past due? These are the dilemmas Nina Hill is facing in this book. Sprinkled throughout are her planner pages for the day revealing key details about her current state of mind. This is a great title for summer and vacation reading, but it also helps us to consider issues like heredity, family dynamics, anxiety and books! Also includes random trivia facts. Bonus!

debwalker Jun 25, 2019

"Nina likes her bookish life just fine. She works in a bookstore and is on a highly competitive trivia team. Suddenly, a father she never knew dies and leaves her with a pack of brothers and sisters and Nina may be forced out of her comfortable reading chair. For readers who enjoyed Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey and The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald." --Eileen Curley, Hagaman Public Library, East Haven, Conn

ArapahoeSummer May 08, 2019

If you need a good laugh, this is the book for you. A secret inheritance, limitless trivia, and a food fight...What's not to love?


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Jul 20, 2019

Coarse Language: Some vulgarity and liberal use of F*** throughout

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