‘Rehab Addict’ pens memoir, self-help book

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

DIY star Nicole Curtis is trying her hand at a different medium – writing.

Curtis, a Lake Orion native and star of “Rehab Addict” on DIY and HGTV, has written a book called “Better than New: Lessons I’ve Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)” (Artisan Books, $27.95) that hits bookstores Oct. 18.

The 224-page book, which Curtis says is available for pre-order now, will chronicle her journey from single mom cleaning toilets and working at Waffle House to preservationist and TV star.

Described as part memoir, part self-help book, the book involves “pages of stories behind the houses and how I made it through” wrote Curtis on her Facebook page on May 5.

“I’ve renovated so many old houses that after a while, the lessons piled up and started to seem like a guidebook to a well-lived life,” said Curtis in a press release. “I realized that every new one was another page in the road map out of troubled times — not just for me, but for anyone. ‘Better Than New’ is my way of passing on what I’ve learned.”

Artisan says Curtis reveals a new side of herself in her first book, including “private struggles and personal victories not shown on her TV show,” according to a press release.

The book will include 75 color photos from Curtis’s personal collection, ranging from family photos to before-and-after photos of the rehabbed homes’ interiors and exteriors, according to Artisan Books.