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The Fixer Upper
by Mary Kay Andrews

Overview - The delightful "New York Times"-bestselling author returns with a hilarious stand-alone novel that captures the sassy, poignant flavor of small-town Southern life.




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Overview
The delightful "New York Times"-bestselling author returns with a hilarious stand-alone novel that captures the sassy, poignant flavor of small-town Southern life.




About the Author

Mary Kay's Favorites:

Books:

  1. 1. REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
  2. 2. VOID MOON by Michael Connelly
  3. 3. BIG STONE GAP, by Adriana Trigiani
    4. CRAZY FOR YOU by Jennifer Crusie
  4. 5. GET SHORTY by Elmore Leonard

Top 5 Renovating Tips:

  1. 1. An old house needs old doors, hardware and fixtures. Nothing says “new and cheap” faster than a flimsy hollow-core door and bright gold repro brass hardware. Look for solid wood doors and wood frame windows at salvage yards and antique markets. And don’t forget to check the “building materials” category on Craigslist. I got all the doors for my beach house off Craigslist—for $5 apiece. Vintage hardware can frequently be found at flea markets, or check online sources like eBay.
  2. 2. Vintage light fixtures give a great look—but be sure you factor in the cost of re-wiring them, and finding good-looking shades. Nothing gives a lamp that “granny” look faster than a dingy yellow shade.
  3. 3. Before you invest in antique cast-iron claw-foot tubs or sinks, make sure they have proper fittings. Measure drains and faucet spreads and make sure you can find new ones that will fit and function properly. Antique toilets are generally a bad idea—most local codes require low-flow toilets for water conservation.
  4. 4. Before re-wiring a house, put together a furniture floor plan. You don’t want a heat register under the living room sofa, but you will want outlets on either side of the bed for reading lamps, and for any area that might be used as an office you’ll want plenty of grounded plugs. And how about that flat-screen television your husband wants? Plan now for cable locations.
  5. 5. Be flexible. A great fireplace surround could become a headboard, as could an old paneled door—turned sideways. And that leaded glass window that had to be removed in the remodel? Why not fit it with mirrors and a hinge and make it into a bathroom medicine cabinet?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060837389
  • ISBN-10: 0060837381
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: July 2009
  • Page Count: 432


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 32.
  • Review Date: 2009-05-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Andrews's latest Southern charmer begins with junior lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew in the crosshairs of a political bribery investigation. Suddenly unemployed and the victim of a sleazy smear campaign by her former boss, Dempsey decides to take up her father's offer of flipping a recently inherited family home in Guthrie, Ga. As it turns out, the house needs much more than a fresh coat of paint, and Dempsey's ornery cousin and her dog are squatting there. So it is that the formerly glamorous Dempsey steps into her dead uncle's overalls and chips her manicured nails as she scrubs and sands her way through fixing up the house, quickly finding a renovation groove, fitting in with the locals and embarking on a romance. Meanwhile, the FBI and a pesky reporter come asking questions about the bribery accusations. This authentic tale of cleaning up life's messes and self-discovery is bright, engaging and thoughtful, enlivened by Andrews's quirky characters and lovely backwoods setting. (July)

 
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