In Abbi Waxman’s new novel, THE LIFE of NINA HILL (Berkley), a young woman is 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.



So, tell me more about this Waxman bird.

Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970, the oldest child of two copywriters who never should have been together in the first place. Once her father ran off to buy cigarettes and never came back, her mother began a highly successful career writing crime fiction. She encouraged Abbi and her sister Emily to read anything and everything they could pull down from the shelves, and they did. Naturally lazy and disinclined to dress up, Abbi went into advertising, working as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York. Clients ranged from big and traditional, (AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, American Express, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz) to big and morally corrupt (R. J. Reynolds) to big and larcenous (Enron). Eventually she quit advertising, had three kids and started writing books, TV shows and screenplays, largely in order to get a moment’s peace.

Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, two mice and six chickens. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy.

Feel free to drop her a line, she readily welcomes any excuse to stop working and do something else.

Thanks to Berkley we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think about commercials or advertisement, on television or in print. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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42 thoughts on “THE BOOKISH LIFE of NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman – SPOTLIGHT – GIVEAWAY

  1. There are a few very funny ads on television that I like to watch every time they come on, but, other than that, I could do without the ads.

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  2. I studied Business Administration at the University and I love the supply and demand; commercials and promotions help the market to sell and the consumer can compare, research their product before buying it.

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  3. There are a few adorably funny commercials on tv and I have to admit I do look at print ads in magazines because they give me motivation to try something new.

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  4. There are some clever commercials out there but for the most part, I find them annoying. I find myself recording a lot of shows so I can fast-forward through commercials. If watching a live show, I’ll mute the commercials (except during the Super Bowl 😄). I’ve gotten spoiled also having satellite radio in my car. Also no commercials! 🙂 Thanks for the chance. I’ve had my eye on this book as I’ve been hearing lots of great things about it!

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  5. For the most part commercials get people talking, whether they like or dislike them! They are part of the world we live in, and the culture we are part of. Commercials can be informative, inspiring or irritating but they probably influence us and our decision making more than we would think!

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  6. Many commercials are annoyingly loud. We usually end up turning sound off until show comes back. Some animated ones or those with animals are better than the ones with people. I think most people tune them out after 2nd time seen.

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  7. I like the commercials that have a catchy tune. There aren’t many now and there are so many “forgettable” ones that tend to be annoying.

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  8. Commercials are awesome! Scheduled drink and bathroom breaks for when you are watching TV. I hate when my husband fast forwards through them! And I am a sucker for goid advertisements that lead me to different products!

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  9. There are some commercials that are awesome and then there are the annoying ones, i.e. all the local lawfirms ads.


  10. There are some good commercials out there like Cheryl and her She-Shed but I usually try to do quick tasks around the house when most commercials are on.


  11. I think commercials are just getting better and better. Some of them are so creative. If we have to put up with them they should at least be entertaining.


  12. Commercials are a way for me to take a kitchen or bathroom break, but it appears as if some shows have more frequent commercial breaks than others. Those are the ones that annoy me.


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