Magnolia Network star Joanna Gaines has announced a very personal new project: her first solo memoir, The Stories We Tell. The 44-year-old designer and mom of five, announced the book’s upcoming release date (November 8) on Instagram today.
“Earlier this year I started jotting down memories and stories from my past, journaling about things I was still, years later, trying to work through,” Gaines wrote on Instagram. “Half of my life is behind me and I’ve been longing for clarity about what I should carry forward and how I could hold this next chapter well.” Gaines’ social media musings were accompanied by a photo of a folder bearing the title of her forthcoming memoir.
“At some point,” she adds, “I realized I was writing a story — my story. The bits and pieces that shape who I am. It was messy and winding and beautiful, and graciously revealed about a million wonders. Some of it broke my heart — and some of it pieced it back together.”
A follow-up post revealed the memoir’s cover, which features a black and white shot of Gaines and the line, “Every piece of your story matters.” The book’s official description promises Jo’s tale will take readers on a “authentic and deeply vulnerable journey.”
By now, Gaines is a seasoned author. Her previous books include The Magnolia Story, Magnolia Table, and Homebody, in addition to two children’s books, We Are the Gardeners and The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be. However, this one promises to be her most intimate work to date. In the memoir’s Instagram caption, Gaines admitted she was “feeling a little bit of everything: nervous, excited, vulnerable, but mostly hopeful.”
You don’t have to wait until November to see more of Gaines. She and husband Chip will be starring in a limited series, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home – The Castle, out in September. The show follows the married pair’s renovation of a nineteenth-century castle in their hometown of Waco, Texas.
In the meantime, you can preorder The Stories We Tell here.