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ABBI WAXMAN 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, two dogs, three cats, six chickens, two guinea pigs and one very patient husband. I Was Told it Would Get Easier is Abbi's fourth novel. Her previous books are The Garden of Small Beginnings, Other People's Houses and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. You can keep in touch with Abbi through her website www.abbiwaxman.com, or on Instagram @abbiwaxman
Abbi Waxman’s The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will raise many smiles as it follows twenty-nine-year-old Nina’s journey from self-contained bookworm to open book (pun entirely intended). LA resident Nina is perfectly happy with her life, thank you very much. She loves working in a bookstore, loves her cat Phil, loves excelling at quiz nights and loves how organised her life is. Yet “she had a niggling suspicion she was underperforming in some way. Surely her purpose in life wasn’t simply to read as many books as possible?” And she’s also aware that “the trivia, the reading, the book club... they were simply weapons of self-defense.” These niggles escalate when Nina’s regimentally planned life is disrupted by falling for a member of an opposition quiz team, and discovering a huge new family when the father she never knew passes away and leaves her something in his will. Suddenly – horrors of horrors! – Nina is forced to interact with a whole bunch of strangers, but to her surprise she discovers she actually likes spending time with other people, and that maybe – just maybe – she does have space in her life for a significant other. Truly a treat for bibliophiles who’ll nod knowingly at Nina’s devotion to reading, her complex home library cataloguing system, her observation that “coming out of a book was always painful”, this is also excellent on female camaraderie, anxiety and the complexities of family bonds. Awash with whimsy and peppered with amusing asides addressed to the reader, this is romantic fiction at its feel-good, funny, outlandish best. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
When a mother-daughter duo set out on a road trip, the last thing they expect to find along the way is each other... The new, heartfelt and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL. 'GORGEOUS' Marian Keyes 'Charmed by its funny loveliness' Nina Stibbe Jessica and her daughter Emily are touring colleges. For Jessica, this is going to be the chance to reconnect with the daughter she seems to have lost. But for Emily, it's a preview of freedom, and the chance to explore a new and exciting future. Yet before any of this can happen, their perfectly planned trip is derailed into a series of off-roading misadventures: mother-daughter skiving, skipped mandatory meetings, and a scuffle with the FBI... With seatbelts fastened, physical and emotional baggage safely stowed away, this mother-daughter duo might be ready to hit the road, but are they ready to reconnect to the person sitting next to them? Praise for Abbi Waxman! 'Book lovers will absolutely relate' O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE 'Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely' KATIE FFORDE 'I hope you're in the mood to be downright delighted, because that's the state you'll find yourself in' POPSUGAR 'Waxman shines at creating characters that feel like best friends' BOOKLIST 'Meet our bookish millennial heroine - a modern-day Elizabeth Bennet' THE WASHINGTON POST 'A quirky, eccentric romance that will charm any bookworm' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"e;Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."e;--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily GiffinNamed A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle online, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles!One of Popsugar's "e;10 Books Your Favorite Celebrities Are Reading This Spring"e;The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...*record scratch*As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this...After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that's a notion easier said than done when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families--and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.
'A feel-good, hate-to-put-it-down, kind of book!' ChickLit Central Life is about to blossom for Lili . . . In the three years since her husband died in a car accident, Lili has just about managed to resume her day-to-day life as a single mother and successful illustrator. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work and watch TV like a pro. But there's still the small problem of the aching loss she feels inside. When she's commissioned to illustrate a series of horticultural books, and signs up to a weekly gardening class, finally her life starts to bloom again. The class provides Lili with a new network of unexpected friends - friends with their own heartaches and problems - and, maybe, another chance at love . . . 'Like a conversation with the funniest person you know - just lovely' Katie Fforde _____ Fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Wilde Like Me will fall in love with this gloriously funny and uplifting novel about friendship, love and grabbing life by the roots. 'A cosy, life-affirming read' Cathy Hopkins 'Witty, uplifting and unashamedly honest' Heidi Swain 'Funny and uplifting' Good Housekeeping 'Filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life' Bustle 'Waxman's voice is witty, emotional and often profound' InStyle 'A quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book' hellogiggles 'Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful' Emily Giffin, author of First Comes Love
As seen in Elle.com, The Washington Post, Woman's World, Flavorwire, HelloGiggles, Bustle, Brit & Co, and more!';A quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful bookWe're already dying to know if there will be a sequel.'HelloGiggles ';Filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life.'Bustle ';So witty, amusing, and perceptive that I can't decide if I liked the writing, the characters, or the story better. They're all so well done.'Kirkus Reviews (starred review)';Waxman's voice is witty, emotional and often profound.'InStyle.com (UK)Grab life by the roots. Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three yearsever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she's just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she's becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed. At least her textbook illustrating job has some perkslike actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there's that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently, being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can't be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity. After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles botanical garden feeling out of her element. But what she'll soon discoverwith the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardenersis that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not...READERS GUIDE INCLUDED
The place where friendship grows . . . One moment Lili is arguing with Dan, her husband, the next he is killed in a terrible car accident right outside their family home. Three years later and Lili has managed to resume her day-to-day life as a mother of two girls and a successful textbook illustrator. But despite her outward appearance, she feels an aching loss. However, when she is commissioned to illustrate a series of horticultural books, Lili is forced to take gardening class and the wilted roots of her life finally start to blossom. The class provides Lili with a new network of friends - friends with their own heartaches and problems - and, maybe, another chance at love . . .
Die Kunst, die Radieschen von oben zu sehenWer hat schon Lust, einen Gemsegarten umzugraben? Lilian jedenfalls nicht. Sie hat mit ihrem Job, den beiden kleinen Tchtern und dem Kummer um ihren verstorbenen Mann genug zu tun. Danach fragt ihre Chefin jedoch nicht und meldet sie beim Grtnerkurs eines wichtigen Kunden an. Der ist gar nicht mal so unsympathisch. Und Lilian ist verblfft, was sie da auf dem Acker alles ausgrbt: Wrmer, Lebensfreude, Baumwurzeln, Plastikfeen, Unkraut, Freunde, Radieschen, einen ziemlich groartigen Mann, und den Mut, sich neu zu verlieben