- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Artisan (October 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579656676
- ISBN-13: 978-1579656676
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me) Hardcover – October 18, 2016
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“There’s nothing staged about Rehab Addict star Nicole Curtis’s real life. In her new book, Better Than New: Lessons I’ve Learned from Saving Old Homes (And How They Saved Me), Curtis opens up about her colorful, and sometimes troubling, past. . . . But the HGTV star also writes about how she manages to be strong for herself and her kids through it all.”
“For the first time, Curtis pulls back the curtain of her life to reveal troubled relationships, how she rose from Hooters waitress to TV star, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. . . . Her book is your chance to find out her side of the story. . . . Filled with fun personal photos.”
—The Detroit News, Best Home Books of 2016
“Inspiring. . . . .Curtis’ energy, grit and love for the hustle are infectious.”
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Nicole Curtis, star of the HGTV show Rehab Addict, was brought up to reuse and transform that which others might just throw away. Buying her first home to renovate at the age of 18, Nicole says that her projects all have taught her valuable lessons about life. Always independent, Nicole moved to Atlanta with her boyfriend, then to Tampa, where she worked and scraped to fulfill the vision she had of herself. Being in the right place at the right time, Nicole pitched the show Rehab Addict, a show dedicated to restoring old and neglected homes back to their former splendor. As a woman in a male dominated field, Nicole has had many struggles along the way, but she proves that drive and determination can open many doors. The book details the homes that she has restored, both on the show and on her own time, with the trials and tribulations that threatened many of her projects.
I have been watching Rehab Addict for years, so I was very excited to see Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me). It is amazing how much Nicole has accomplished in her life, with all of the heartaches, challenges, and pitfalls along the way. It is clear to see the passion that Nicole has for her work and the love she feels for all of her restorations. Readers who are familiar with Nicole Curtis and Rehab Addict will enjoy the behind-the-scenes looks at their favorite restorations. Regardless of a reader's familiarity with the show, Better Than New is a very motivational look at the life of a woman who lives life on her own terms and fights hard for what she believes in. I definitely recommend this book and wish the best of luck to the author.
Without Nicole Curtis, I doubt there would be so many of us watching "rehabbing" television. I hope she comes back to do more quality "Rehab Addict" shows. The book is easy to read and personal photographs are wonderful. Best of Luck to Nicole Curtis. She has inspired a whole generation.