• The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

  • By: Abbi Waxman
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (3,218 ratings)

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

By: Abbi Waxman
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
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Publisher's summary

Instant USA Today best seller!

“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.” (Number one New York Times best-selling author Emily Giffin) 

“Meet our bookish millennial heroine - a modern-day Elizabeth Bennet, if you will... Waxman’s wit and wry humor stand out. She is funny and imaginative, and Bookish lands a step above run-of-the-mill romantic comedy fare.” (The Washington Post

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.

©2019 Abbi Waxman (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“Move over on the settee, Jane Austen. You’ve met your modern-day match in Abbi Waxman. Bitingly funny, relatable and intelligent, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a must for anyone who loves to read.” (Kristan Higgins, New York Times best-selling author of Good Luck with That)

“It's a shame The Bookish Life of Nina Hill only lasts 350 pages, because I wanted to be friends with Nina for far longer.” (Refinery29)

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will put a smile on your face the entire time you’re reading it. It’s a light, fun summer read with a cast of colorful and lovable characters that you wish were real and that you had on your trivia team. This book is the perfect beach read or pick-me-up for a cloudy day.” (Hypable)

Editor's Pick

Smooth, sweet summer listen
"The first thing that stood out to me about The Bookish Life of Nina Hill was the language. Conversations that actually sound like the ones I hear and participate in every day? Impossible! You'd think it's easy, but I've listened to more than my fair share of well-intended attempts at capturing contemporary speech that just fall short on authenticity. And the "quirky" main character is another trendy go-to these days that at times can feel cliché. Well, I'm thrilled to report that Nina Hill is *actually* quirky, and her conversations with those around her *actually* sound like they could take place in the real world. Combine that with a bright and lively performance from Emily Rankin, and you've got the perfect light listen to start your summer off with a smile."
Lavina K., Audible Editor