The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story

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National Bestseller--New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher's Weekly

Look for Chip Gaines new book Capital Gaines fall of 2017

Are you ready to see your fixer upper?

These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like--Who are these people?What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America's new best friends.

The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.

They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.

In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:

The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby Joanna's agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck Joanna's breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple Memories and photos from Chip and Jo's wedding The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way

And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? "Oh yeah," says Joanna. "He was, and still is, my first fixer upper."

Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee :, W. Publishing Group,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780718079185
0718079183
Characteristics: xvii, 184 pages :,colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Dagostino, Mark
Gaines, Joanna 1978-

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runningbeat
Dec 08, 2017

Flip and Joannes life to gather flipping houses and home improvements with there own tv show. They had a gift for remodeling houses and selling them, but I found the book boring.

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telger
Aug 24, 2017

This book showed me a glimpse of the real couple behind the popular "Fixer Upper" show. My friend told me that this is a good show . We don't watch TV and Im surprised to know that Chip & Joanna also don't watch TV either! it is so refreshing to sense the genuine and honesty of this couple- and people sense that. I do! with their funny, imperfect, touching,heart warming stories and even struggles. As well as their family beliefs and faith system which for me is courageous. Because of this I am more curious and give them more respect- Now I know why they are popular! But I still don't watch TV :)

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RustyReader9
Aug 02, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, it was very honest and I feel like I got to know the Gaines on a more personal level!

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freyguy
Mar 15, 2017

I loved the book and I love the show. These two are just perfect together! I love their designs and they seem so down to earth.

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CarleeMcDot
Mar 07, 2017

Okay, let me start off by saying I LOVE THESE TWO! My mom jokes that Ryan and I are like them because Ryan is so off-the-wall like Chip and I am the one that has to reign him in and try to keep him on task. Anywho, I was STOKED to hear that they came out with a book and gobbled it up as soon as it became available for me at the library. Learning their backstory made me love them even more. I love how they put God, each other and their family first. They have been beyond blessed and they haven't taken an ounce of it for granted. They are super down-to-earth and I am thrilled to hear that fame and the spotlight hasn't changed that for them. If you like their show, Fixer Upper, on HGTV, then this is a must read!

AL_KATI Jan 23, 2017

If you love "Fixer Upper," then this is a must-read for you. It's a quick read with some really funny and poignant moments, very true to what you see on the Gaines' show.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 19, 2017

I had low expectations on this book.
Preachy, no.
Could hear their voices in he said/she said format.
A lot of unvarnished background on their family & where they lived.
Surprised Chip was a home & business flipper even back in university days.
Joanna the "local Firestone spokesperson" for her father more famous than "Big man on campus" Chip on their first date from total stranger? Heh.
Their first year of marriage was eye-opening.
Felt honest on the 2008 downturn & not abandon their property development.
Surprised their bank manager could be nice & generous after reduced line of credit.
Laughed their HGTV audition tape with camera crew was wooden until Chip bought big-ticket item & Joanna exploded. Incident convinced executives they were the ones.

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Mrsdoody
Jan 16, 2017

Love the show even more, now that I know about the struggles they had to overcome on their way to the success. Quick read.

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TerryAB
Jan 13, 2017

I liked this more than I'd anticipated. It's a real rags-to-riches story and they didn't sugar-coat the stressful times. Anyone thinking of getting into the flipping market should read this. It really underscores the whole idea of being in the right place at the right time with the right people.

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savtadina
Jan 12, 2017

I expected this book to be a lot of "fluff," so I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the Gaines and how they have grown their business and helped the community as they have done so. Joanna is the main "narrator" and she is quite honest and open about how she has grown as an adult, business partner, mother, and responsible community member.

The latter point really resonated with me as so many people today are only focused on themselves.

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Oct 26, 2016

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