Better Than New

Better Than New

Lessons I've Learned From Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)

Book - 2016
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Publisher: New York : Artisan, 2016
ISBN: 9781579656676
Branch Call Number: 791.450233092 Curti
Characteristics: 239 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

BETTER THAN NEW is written by the blonde dynamo, Nicole Curtis, who I’ve come to know from the HGTV and DIY television series, “Rehab Addict”. But the book’s subject matter is not home decor and design. Rather it’s more memoir, self-help, and women’s “lit / lib” book combined. In it Nicole shares the life lessons she has learned as she renovates old houses. She also describes her personal relationships (the good and the bad) with the people and communities associated with these homes. Wonderful personal color photos are included. While at times the writing seems a little disjointed, and the book ends abruptly, Nicole stays true to herself throughout. Although I may not always agree with her life choices, I can’t help but admire what this single mother has achieved.

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MplsTA
Jun 28, 2017

I have watched her HGTV show for years but did not know much about Nicole until I read this book.

She does not have much luck with men (according to the book) but she seems to be doing great in her job as Mom with her grown son and little one. I had no idea she had a baby a few years ago until I read her book!

Many of her rehabbed houses are right here in the twin cites. I liked that each rehab had a story to go with it.

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BB_Hclib
Feb 03, 2017

If you're already a fan of Nicole Curtis you'll probably like this book, if not I wouldn't bother. I'm giving this four stars because I'm a fan of Nicole Curtis's show on HGTV, Rehab Addict. She buys old houses and rehabs them herself with a commitment to bringing back old design details and saving as much original material as she can. She's done several houses in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area where I live and I own the kind of house that she likes to work on so it's been fun to watch. Curtis shares a lot about her personal life on the show too. As a fan I've read articles about her and followed her on FB etc. If that wasn't the case and I picked up this book not knowing much about Nicole Curtis I probably would've given it 2 stars because it would be hard to follow her story. She assumes you already know a lot about her and her show and doesn't really explain much. She references all sorts of events in her life and on her show figuring you will know what she's talking about. This book is about Nicole's personal journey, not about how to rehab houses.

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deirdra666
Nov 12, 2016

If you like her show, you may not want to read this since it doesn't have much to say about the house renovations. It does explain how her Catholic upbringing led to having two kids by two men as a single mother. She has terrible taste in men, little business sense other than to rationalize working at Hooters, and only spent 1-3 weeks at some of the "total house rehabs" seen on the show. I never knew that developers and a mayor were bad-mouthing her work, but now I do and watching the show won't be the same any more.

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“Mistakes are knowledge waiting to happen” - p. 19

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“But dying people don't need to be reminded that they're dying; I feel they need to be reminded that they're still very much alive.” - p.147

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“Don't be trapped by your own assumptions.” - p.175

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cknightkc
Jun 30, 2018

“…things made with love and worn with life are always better than new,” - p. 237

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