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Publisher Description

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

For the first time, Nicole Curtis, the star of the megahit HGTV and DIY Network show Rehab Addict, reveals her private struggles, her personal victories, and the inspiring lessons we can all learn from them.

Nicole Curtis is the tough, soulful, charismatic dynamo who for the past twenty years has worked tirelessly to restore historical houses, often revitalizing neighborhoods in the process. And also, in the process, drawing millions of fans to her television show, Rehab Addict, where they follow each step of the hard work and singular vision that transform the seemingly lost cause of a run-down building into a beautifully restored home. But there is so much more to this self-taught expert and working mom. With hersignature irresistible honesty and energy, Curtis writes about a project that every reader will find compelling: how she rehabbed herself. Better Than New reveals what’s not seen on TV—Curtis’s personal battles and her personal triumphs, her complicated relationships, her life as a single mother, the story of how she got started remodeling houses, and the consuming ins and outs of producing a megahit television show while keeping up with two kids, two rescue dogs, and countless tasks on her home renovation punch lists. Followers of the show will get an inside look at some of her most famous restorations, including the Dollar house, the Minnehaha house, the Campbell Street project, and the Ransom Gillis mansion.

Part inspirational memoir and part self-help guide, Better Than New is a journey ineight chapters—each pinned to the story of a house that Curtis has remodeled, each delivering a hard-fought lesson about life—that takes readers to the place we all want to be: home.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 18
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

Customer Reviews

Rehab believer ,

Better Than New

What a super-fantastic read. I loved your show before, now I love you even more Nicole Curtis. Your spirit and love of family and vision to restore old homes to their original glory is so honorable. You overcame so many obstacles, both personal and professional, to accomplish your hearts goals. You are a force to be reckoned with, however small yet unstoppable. I would encourage everyone who was ever told 'No, you can't' to read this book and be assured that 'Yes, you can!'

LinLV ,

"Better Than New" an inspiring good read

Nicole Curtis's book relates her life lessons learned through the many different houses she has rehabbed. It's well-written, super-interesting and inspiring whether you're a longtime fan of "Rehab Addict" or just becoming one. Love of family shines through; she can dish pretty good too! Definitely worth reading.