with Mark Dagostino
In case you are not familiar, Chip & Jo Gaines are the stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Set in Waco, Texas, the couple shows a prospective buyer three homes, all fixer uppers. They determine a budget, pick a house and go to town on it. Chip is the contractor and Jo is the designer who has single handedly made shiplap the most sought after design element in any fixer upper.
The couple have four children and live on a farm with dogs and goats and chickens and a pecan orchard. They started off the show by fixing up their farm house, and have never looked back. They have since renovated and opened a B&B that sold out for the year within a few hours. They purchased an old mill with silos and turned it into a shop that sees thousands of customers a day. And they have an online Magnolia Market [https://magnoliamarket.com/] as well that sells all sorts of home decor, accessories and their own line of paint. This book, a memoir, is their latest project. and follwing soon is a design book. They have partnered with the Meredith Corporation to create a new lifestyle magazine, The Magnolia Journal (or subscribe here.) Yet they seem to remain the same down to earth happy family.
This book is the story of their lives, from childhood through dating, marriage, family, the businesses and God. Apparently God talks to Joanna and helps her make all her life decisions. These are people of strong, abiding faith who seek to live a life of good work, and it has rewarded them well.
I do enjoy the show and am constantly shocked at how inexpensive housing is in Waco. And FYI, if you don’t live within a 30 minute commute of Waco, they won’t fix up your house.
Joanna is half Korean, and writes about growing up in Kansas and being the “other”, different, and how that affected her. She considers herself to be an introvert. Chip is a good old Texas boy who apparently is as goofy and fun loving in life as he is on TV.
Their story is sweet and funny and a bit too religious for a heathen like me, but that’s a very personal thing. As of 10/31/16, the book is #2 on Amazon and debuts at #1 on the NY Times bestseller list on Nov. 6. They are doing something right and I couldn’t be happier for them.
11/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE MAGNOLIA STORY by Chip & Joanna Gaines. Thomas Nelson (October 18, 2016). ISBN 978-0718079185. 208p.