The Magnolia Story
The Magnolia Story is an endearing walk through Chip and Joanna’s journey to their Fixer Upper television show fame. Narrated by Joanna, and Chip too with his usual style of popping in and out, this book takes you to the start of their relationship, the first houses they flipped, and the beginnings of a new family. Though this book isn’t a behind-the-scenes of Fixer Upper, it tells everything that came before the show and gives you an interesting peek into their past. Joanna doesn’t leave out the hard times in their business or their relationships, as, with each challenge they conquer, a new one always seems to leap up. But through it all they share their philosophy for life and how they choose to thrive rather than survive. It feels like your sharing a laid back conversation with them. Their charm and friendliness shines through the pages. As feel good biographies go, this one does the trick, and who doesn’t need a little Chip and Jo in their lives every once in a while?
Don’t forget to check out The Magnolia Journal magazine in Nonfiction to get recipes, stories and new ideas from Chip and Joanna monthly!
A Post About Compost
It’s that time of year when a lot of people start to plan their spring gardening projects. This season, consider starting a compost pile in your home or yard! Compost is made of recyclable materials that you might encounter every day, such as coffee grounds and filters, vegetable and fruit scraps, shreds of paper, dry leaves, and more. Over time, these materials breakdown and combined with some soil can become a valuable mixture for your garden. In addition to helping your green thumb, composting is environmentally sound and helps to reduce waste in landfills. Getting started with extreme recycling or composting would be a great weekend project to engage the whole family, but also is easy enough for one gardener to tackle alone. The Hoover Library has books available on how to get your compost bins up and running! Been composting for a while? We also have books for more experience composters, looking to take their recycling to the next level. Visit us, or call the Nonfiction department at your Hoover Library and ask us about our gardening collection and composting information.
Practical Perma-Culture by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein
Organic Gardening for Dummies by Ann Whitman
Vermiculture by Donald Connely
Compost by Kenneth Thompson