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From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that tells us all to seek out the good in life, celebrate the beauty of family and friends, and prosper within our communities because everything we need in life to be happy, is within our grasp. Long before their hugely popular TV show, an expanding family, or demo From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that tells us all to seek out the good in life, celebrate the beauty of family and friends, and prosper within our communities because everything we need in life to be happy, is within our grasp. Long before their hugely popular TV show, an expanding family, or demolition day on their dream home, Erin began keeping a daily online journal to help her stay focused on the positive and count her blessings in life. She never expected that her depictions of small-town life in the tiny swath of Mississippi where she Ben call home would catch the eye of a television producer and set them off on the journey of a lifetime. Make Something Good Today offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of a couple that America has come to know and love for their easy humor, adoring relationship, and ability to utterly transform a place into something beautiful and personal. This is the poignant story of how Erin and Ben took a small, tight-knit town into their own hands (literally) and used ingenuity, community, and authenticity to rebuild a once-thriving American Main Street. And how, by combining Ben’s carpentry skills with Erin’s design eye, Home Town is making it clear to us all that small-town living can feel as big as you make it. Complete with family photographs, Erin’s hand-painted sketches, and never-before-heard personal stories, this inspirational memoir reminds us all not to give up hope that great love stories are possible, big things can bloom in small towns, and there is always magic in the ordinary if you know where to look for it.


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From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that tells us all to seek out the good in life, celebrate the beauty of family and friends, and prosper within our communities because everything we need in life to be happy, is within our grasp. Long before their hugely popular TV show, an expanding family, or demo From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that tells us all to seek out the good in life, celebrate the beauty of family and friends, and prosper within our communities because everything we need in life to be happy, is within our grasp. Long before their hugely popular TV show, an expanding family, or demolition day on their dream home, Erin began keeping a daily online journal to help her stay focused on the positive and count her blessings in life. She never expected that her depictions of small-town life in the tiny swath of Mississippi where she Ben call home would catch the eye of a television producer and set them off on the journey of a lifetime. Make Something Good Today offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of a couple that America has come to know and love for their easy humor, adoring relationship, and ability to utterly transform a place into something beautiful and personal. This is the poignant story of how Erin and Ben took a small, tight-knit town into their own hands (literally) and used ingenuity, community, and authenticity to rebuild a once-thriving American Main Street. And how, by combining Ben’s carpentry skills with Erin’s design eye, Home Town is making it clear to us all that small-town living can feel as big as you make it. Complete with family photographs, Erin’s hand-painted sketches, and never-before-heard personal stories, this inspirational memoir reminds us all not to give up hope that great love stories are possible, big things can bloom in small towns, and there is always magic in the ordinary if you know where to look for it.

30 review for Make Something Good Today: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I'm a little obsessed with the Napier's HGTV show, Home Town, so I wouldn't have missed this book. I think it's a great story about small-town revitalization and community. I suppose it could a little self-aggrandizing to write a memoir at this point in their career, but the book is all that is lacking in society - lovely narrative about a slower life, with kind, gentle people, loving each other, taking risks, and building relationships. I dearly hope that Home Town doesn't become the new Magnoli I'm a little obsessed with the Napier's HGTV show, Home Town, so I wouldn't have missed this book. I think it's a great story about small-town revitalization and community. I suppose it could a little self-aggrandizing to write a memoir at this point in their career, but the book is all that is lacking in society - lovely narrative about a slower life, with kind, gentle people, loving each other, taking risks, and building relationships. I dearly hope that Home Town doesn't become the new Magnolia empire, which is totally over-blown and obnoxious. I used to be such a fan of the Fixer Upper franchise, but I am not enamored of all that is has become.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Levack

    I personally could not put this book down. These two people are more amazing than they seem on TV. I am a huge fan of their show and read the book in two nights. This book may be too sweet for some people, but I grew up small town Indiana and can relate to about 90% of the "too good to be true" aspects. Great pictures and sidebars through every chapter and the alternating narratives between them is also nice. I personally could not put this book down. These two people are more amazing than they seem on TV. I am a huge fan of their show and read the book in two nights. This book may be too sweet for some people, but I grew up small town Indiana and can relate to about 90% of the "too good to be true" aspects. Great pictures and sidebars through every chapter and the alternating narratives between them is also nice.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    I love watching Home Town and I loved learning a little more about Ben and Erin. They are delightful!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Loved this memoir. Ben and Erin’s love story is sweet, but I enjoyed how the book takes you all the way from both of their childhoods up to the beginning days of their new family. I have only seen one season of their show, so to me their stories are inspirational and the book feels complete. I appreciate that there is only a little bit about the actual show, which is really more background information for fans. I found myself thinking several times that Erin could write fiction because the langu Loved this memoir. Ben and Erin’s love story is sweet, but I enjoyed how the book takes you all the way from both of their childhoods up to the beginning days of their new family. I have only seen one season of their show, so to me their stories are inspirational and the book feels complete. I appreciate that there is only a little bit about the actual show, which is really more background information for fans. I found myself thinking several times that Erin could write fiction because the language she used is so descriptive and imaginative.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pam Butts

    I really enjoyed Erin & Ben’s story. They are so frank & open about their love story, their faith, their process, their hopes & dreams. I was already a fan of the show (Laurel is my husband’s hometown) but now I have a much deeper appreciation for the work & vision needed to restore and redeem something buried & lost.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mimi S

    Not a complete page turner but heartwarming and engaging. I think I’ll look at the show with different eyes knowing their story. I liked the show before I read this, I like them a little more now knowing their background stories. They seem to be very good people brought up in homes of love. Good feel good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Groen

    A fun book about 2 people Jami and I like to follow. Their thoughtfulness is evident throughout. I listened to it on Audible and it was read by the authors, so at the end, I felt like I knew them. Which is the point of biographies, isn’t it?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Meehan

    What a beautiful book. I feel like I was sitting there with Erin and Ben as they told me their story. I feel like we would be great friends.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Dougherty

    If you love Hometown you will enjoy this story of Erin and Ben. Shares their life story and how Hometown came to be. A sweet, remarkable story of listening to your passions, following a path that may be uncharted, and prioritizing family & dear friends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Amazing read. Written in a style just like how Erin and Ben talk to their audience on their show Hometown. Full of memories and reminiscing around life in a small town Laurel MS, how they met, the up/downs they faced with the businesses they created show how perseverance is crucial To life and particularly even more so now during this crisis.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Monica Lee

    So good, I didn't wait for the paperback and I didn't buy it used. If you're a fan of HGTV, you know exactly who I'm talking about. And if you're not a fan of HGTV, well, what's wrong with you? It's a network made of programming that shows happy endings every single hour! Erin and Ben Napier are the stars of Home Town, the home improvement show set in Laurel, Mississippi. If you think of poverty and swamps when you think of Mississippi, this program will expand your mind. Every week, this young an So good, I didn't wait for the paperback and I didn't buy it used. If you're a fan of HGTV, you know exactly who I'm talking about. And if you're not a fan of HGTV, well, what's wrong with you? It's a network made of programming that shows happy endings every single hour! Erin and Ben Napier are the stars of Home Town, the home improvement show set in Laurel, Mississippi. If you think of poverty and swamps when you think of Mississippi, this program will expand your mind. Every week, this young and vibrant couple transforms a beat up but historic home in their small town into a masterpiece of style and comfort, never complete until Ben makes a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture for it. Their memoir is similarly uplifting. If you're looking for the backstory on the couple and the show, this is it. Throughout the book, they trade off in the storytelling. It's filled with photos from Erin's blog, which she began years before their fame and where the book title is derived. She began the daily online journal to shift her perspective towards blessings in her life, her small town and the world, and it worked: reading this book just made me happy. Let's see, it's a book based on a blog about a couple who rehabs houses. She's a designer, and her husband is her sweaty Romeo. No wonder I found so much to relate to here. I'm more than two decades older and I would melt in Mississippi's humidity, but her interests mirror mine and I find her life philosophy inspiring. Ben Napier's attitude even made it into my latest memoir, Church Sweet Home. In Chapter 11's story of the church's demolition phase, I say we took to heart Napier's battle cry: “That’s the way the great ones all start. People doubt them. Everyone doubts them, and honestly that’s how I think you become great. You prove them wrong. You prove the doubters wrong.” I found this to be a meaty memoir of the couple's families (and "framily," who are their friends who are like family), their faith, their motivations and their inspirational entrepreneurial spirits. The book also includes lots of full-color photos of their homes, a description of Erin's design process and details of Ben's obsession with wood (which any woodworker can appreciate). This memoir is the perfect anecdote to feeling cooped up during a pandemic. It will inspire you to look around and find the good inside your home and inside yourself.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Leonard

    What a beautiful book! Erin and Ben Napier, stars of the HGTV show Hometown, write the story of how the television show came to be, in the form of a memoir. My favorite part of the book wasn’t the story of how they got the show—it was everything that led up to it! Ben and Erin share the story of their romance, how they both graduated from college and settled into careers that didn’t quite fit, and how their love of all things old and personal stories led them to be the next Chip and Joanna. I es What a beautiful book! Erin and Ben Napier, stars of the HGTV show Hometown, write the story of how the television show came to be, in the form of a memoir. My favorite part of the book wasn’t the story of how they got the show—it was everything that led up to it! Ben and Erin share the story of their romance, how they both graduated from college and settled into careers that didn’t quite fit, and how their love of all things old and personal stories led them to be the next Chip and Joanna. I especially enjoyed the parts of the book that talked about how they and their group of friends were catalysts in the revitalization of Laurel, Mississippi. I also thought they both wrote beautifully about the power of faith in their lives without being preachy. This lends an inspirational quality to their compelling memoir which makes it a wonderful read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elsea

    A sweet little memoir that helps to shape the story of the Ben and Erin we watch on Home Town. It’s one of my favorite shows, not only because they do some great DIY, but they design homes to tell the homes history and the interiors to match the homeowners interior. A really quick, heart felt story. Proving that people are real and you don’t always need to know your path if you have faith. A quote I loved, and reminds me of E “it’s not that she wasn’t scared, to; she was, but this is how we hold A sweet little memoir that helps to shape the story of the Ben and Erin we watch on Home Town. It’s one of my favorite shows, not only because they do some great DIY, but they design homes to tell the homes history and the interiors to match the homeowners interior. A really quick, heart felt story. Proving that people are real and you don’t always need to know your path if you have faith. A quote I loved, and reminds me of E “it’s not that she wasn’t scared, to; she was, but this is how we hold each other up: when we are afraid of the dark, one will pretend to be brave in order to lead us both back into the light.” This book was so light hearted and made you feel good. I found myself wanting to curl up with their story, rather than watch a show. If you’re in the mood for a good feeling on humanity, love the feeling of a small town and love Home Town- pick this up.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany E-P

    I should say that I love Hometown and I admire Erin and Ben for following their hearts and passion. For caring enough about their town and community to start a revitalization. And this book gives you the backstory of how they became the amazing people they are. The intro written by Erin made me cry but it also inspired me. It summed up how I feel about my own hometown and the almost 100-year old house I bought there and have slowly been restoring. Not renovating, restoring. Or as Erin says, reha I should say that I love Hometown and I admire Erin and Ben for following their hearts and passion. For caring enough about their town and community to start a revitalization. And this book gives you the backstory of how they became the amazing people they are. The intro written by Erin made me cry but it also inspired me. It summed up how I feel about my own hometown and the almost 100-year old house I bought there and have slowly been restoring. Not renovating, restoring. Or as Erin says, rehabilitating. “It’s a history and a future uniting in one delicious moment” Highly recommend this book for fans of the show. But also for anyone wanting to be inspired

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leah Kochenderfer

    I impulse-grabbed Make Something Good Today at the library last year, not having seen Hometown before, before a significant surgery. I liked the cover. This book was the only book I read during that time and it was like being wrapped in a warm happy blanket during a time that was not so warm and happy. The Napier’s personalities shone through in the book, just as they do on the show (I learned this later) and I had so much fun getting to know them that way. Definitely give it a try! You’ll be gl I impulse-grabbed Make Something Good Today at the library last year, not having seen Hometown before, before a significant surgery. I liked the cover. This book was the only book I read during that time and it was like being wrapped in a warm happy blanket during a time that was not so warm and happy. The Napier’s personalities shone through in the book, just as they do on the show (I learned this later) and I had so much fun getting to know them that way. Definitely give it a try! You’ll be glad you did.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire Talbot

    An inspirational read. Loved hearing this couple's story, and ironically, I had not seen the show on HGTV. Midway through the book I discovered streaming episodes on my HGTV app. I love watching houses being transformed, but this story interested me because Erin and Ben are helping to transform their town of Laurel, Mississippi. The book gets personal with their struggles and life decisions. Loved it! An inspirational read. Loved hearing this couple's story, and ironically, I had not seen the show on HGTV. Midway through the book I discovered streaming episodes on my HGTV app. I love watching houses being transformed, but this story interested me because Erin and Ben are helping to transform their town of Laurel, Mississippi. The book gets personal with their struggles and life decisions. Loved it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deidra

    4.5 stars! So sweet! Loved it! 4.5 only because I felt that there was a gap in how they went from their stationary company to then getting the show. Were they renovating houses for other people in that time? Maybe I missed something? Or perhaps that was to go without saying? Otherwise, it was beautifully written and a heartwarming love story. A beautiful book too- the photos, the cover, the type. I just love them!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    SO, so, so inspiring. Love this couple and their story SO much that my husband and I went to Laurel this week! Worth every minute of the drive. A great read especially if you love the show, HomeTown on HGTV. Both Erin and Ben have wonderful stories and the way they have done this book - alternating chapters, the infusion of photos and drawings, the very personal details - it is just a precious story. Well done, Erin and Ben!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I really enjoy watching Home Town not just for their beautiful designs but also to witness the loving relationship and respect between Ben and Erin. I enjoyed reading their book and finding out more about their lives. My only critique was that some of the writing got a little overly poetic and could have been edited down a bit. I’m not into flowery writing. Other than that, I enjoyed it and it made me feel good to read it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    "In the end, I think you know you love doing something when success and failure are equally valuable."- Ben Napier This was a fantastic book full of raw emotions. Ben and Erin dive into sharing their lives within these pages. They speak about their childhood, upbringing, attending school, dating to marriage. How the show Home Town came to and raising their own child. It was an amazing book and I cannot wait to continue watching their show. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this memoir. "In the end, I think you know you love doing something when success and failure are equally valuable."- Ben Napier This was a fantastic book full of raw emotions. Ben and Erin dive into sharing their lives within these pages. They speak about their childhood, upbringing, attending school, dating to marriage. How the show Home Town came to and raising their own child. It was an amazing book and I cannot wait to continue watching their show. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this memoir.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I love this memoir. My husband and I always tape Home Town and find Erin and Ben to be such a likable caring couple. In this day of tv performances I find that what you see is not always what you get. So I was delighted to find a copy of this book, the couple’s memoir. This book was much needed in these stressful times and a reminder that real love and kindness are alive and well in this world. Thank you Erin and Ben for sharing your light.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cecily

    I actually listened to the audiobook which was read by the authors. I’m not usually a fan of audiobooks but felt like I was just sitting and listening to friends tell me their story. Such good, wholesome, God-fearing, sweet, genuine people. I love their show and this book only made me respect and like them even more. It also encouraged me to look for the good in each day and to be the good in someone else’s. So good.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christy Hammond

    I really liked how the book was written from both Erin's and Ben's point of view. It was a lovely love story, which as a hopeless romantic, I totally enjoyed reading about. I was hoping for more story into how they fix up and design their houses, and a second book that focuses on that process would be wonderful and definitely on my to-read list. I really liked how the book was written from both Erin's and Ben's point of view. It was a lovely love story, which as a hopeless romantic, I totally enjoyed reading about. I was hoping for more story into how they fix up and design their houses, and a second book that focuses on that process would be wonderful and definitely on my to-read list.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I loved reading their story from both Erin’s and Ben’s points of view. The photographs and sketches were wonderful. The only part I did not like was the font size—the small size and style, especially Ben’s, made reading a strain. But, their story is so sweet and encouraging. I’ve been a fan of their show since it began.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I'm a Home Town fan and I asked for this book for Christmas. It was a nice memoir that I think would be relatable to many young adults trying to find their way in the world. The show does not come into play until the very end of the book. Instead, extroverted Ben and introverted Erin talk about their journey figuring out how to grow into adulthood and find a way make a living while being true to yourself. They embody the adage...you will never be great at something you don't love. I'm a Home Town fan and I asked for this book for Christmas. It was a nice memoir that I think would be relatable to many young adults trying to find their way in the world. The show does not come into play until the very end of the book. Instead, extroverted Ben and introverted Erin talk about their journey figuring out how to grow into adulthood and find a way make a living while being true to yourself. They embody the adage...you will never be great at something you don't love.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carey Emig

    HGTV is a mainstay for me, and was even before the pandemic. Home Town is a favorite show, and so I was pleased to find this book about Erin and Ben Napier. It's a memoir written from each of their points of view and includes photos and other journaling style art work. It tells their story and that of their families and the tv show is only a small part of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. HGTV is a mainstay for me, and was even before the pandemic. Home Town is a favorite show, and so I was pleased to find this book about Erin and Ben Napier. It's a memoir written from each of their points of view and includes photos and other journaling style art work. It tells their story and that of their families and the tv show is only a small part of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim Woodbury

    If you like the HGTV show “Home Town”, you will love this book. I listened to the audio version, which is fun because it is read by the authors. Erin & Ben Napier seem like the kind of people you just want to be friends with and I really enjoyed learning more about their story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    If you like their show Home Town on HGTV, you'll love this book. I liked reading the story of their life and how the trajectory of it changed over time. They seem to be doing what they love, and it shows. If you like their show Home Town on HGTV, you'll love this book. I liked reading the story of their life and how the trajectory of it changed over time. They seem to be doing what they love, and it shows.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Russell

    I actually was able to meet Ben & Erin in Franklin, TN where they signed my book. They were delightful! If you are a fan of HomeTown on HGTV you would love this book. They sid a great job sharing their stories from birth through the firet season of their show, birth of Helen.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I loved the peek into the personal lives of Erin and Ben. Their love story alone, is so beautiful. I enjoyed seeing how God has been guiding their path to what we now know as the show Home Town on HGTV. I look forward to seeing how their journey unfolds in the months and years ahead.

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