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Biography

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.

This month’s Insatiable Readers book group is delving into the world of Participatory Writing. This style cultivates the idea that the best way to learn about something new is to live it! The featured books this month will cover authors’ adventures and experiences from their very own “participatory year.” We will be talking about everything from Shonda Rimes’s My Year of Yes to A.J. Jacobs’s The Guinea Pig Diaries.

There’s an old saying, “Anyone who says they only have one life to live, must not know how to read a book.” Any seasoned reader can relate to that adage in the sense that a good book is not one you simply read, but one you can almost live; even if it is for just a short period of time and only in your mind.