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Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl

by Susan McCorkindale

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I hated this so much I returned it to Amazon after getting about 30% through. It was just THAT bad. It was occasionally marginally amusing, but I found it so hard to relate to an author who can't find anything much to talk about other than her highlights, designer clothes, and booze. I get that she's trying (*trying*) to be over the top and amusing, but it's a giant fail. Her attempt at humor lies in that stark zone between hilariously hyperbolic and wittily subtle. The best words I can find to describe it are grating and awkwardly self-conscious. Enough, already. ( )
  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
This was an hillariously funny book. I enjoyed it very much; however the hundreds of footnotes were distracting and I feel they could have been added in the contents by use of commas, etc. ( )
  rphalliburton | Mar 28, 2011 |
Confessions of a Counterfeit Farmgirl By Susan McCorkindale Quirky, fun memoir of successful NYC/NJ girl following her husbands "dream" to leave the rat race, move to the country and breathe that clean fresh air. Susan quits her fruitful yet lifeless position at a high profile magazine to live in the "sticks." Filled with mischief and anything but the mundane, this family of four starts over in very different territory, 500 acres of it! Her writer turned farmer husband immerses himself in this new life, his farm chores and tractor, while Susan stomps around the farm in 4 inch heels with chickens pecking at her $35 pedicure. It is tres cute to read and laugh with the girl next door. If you would like to enjoy a light, funny bit of "the grass is not always greener," here's your book. ( )
  karenlisa | Sep 7, 2010 |
Posh, cosmopolitan Susan McCorkindale didn't need to wait until she moved to the sticks to write a first-rate memoir; her sassy brand of humor would work anywhere. Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl relates the McCorkindale family's move from New Jersey to a 500-acre cattle farm in Virginia. This requires Susan to relinquish her "big job" as a marketing director in New York--the most painful part of which is all the high end shopping she'll be distancing herself from.

Interspersed amid vivid descriptions of life down on her farm, McCorkindale relays handy tongue-in-cheek tips for farm girl success, including pearls such as, "The barn is no place for a barbecue," and "Don't hop the electric fence. Hurdling anything on a farm is asking for trouble." A recurring theme is Susan's desire to turn the machinery storage building into a jazzercise center. Her hubby doesn't take the bait, but the one-sided justification Susan presents is hilarious. The opportunity to wax lyrical on adjusting to her new life seems plentiful, ranging from wrangling cows and chickens in her low-rise jeans and designer stilettos, to hiking in fashionable sweater and wedges. (Amid the "meadow muffins" there's always time to describe the wardrobe.)

Susan keeps readers turning the pages with her witty one-liners and easy girlfriend-style narrative. Readers can't help but feel right in the thick of the mud-covered moment with her. And that's the essence of this tell-all. Farm girl isn't a moniker derived from a gal's bib overalls. It's a condition that dwells in the heart. With a plucky spirit and a good sense of humor, a true farm girl can always rise to the occasion. McCorkindale allows us to feel like an honorary farm chick, and in so doing, her debut book shines like the sun rising over fresh hay bales. ( )
  dissed1 | Aug 8, 2010 |
Did you ever know someone who was mainly fun to be around, largely because her stories were always outrageous, though clearly not entirely accurate? Try spending most of a day with that person on stage. Too much. In addition, I'm not sure I would even have liked this person. She certainly didn't seem to have a lot of humanity. Her descriptions of other people could be pretty funny, however. ( )
  cherilove | May 1, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451224930, Paperback)

A laugh-out-loud memoir about a city slicker who discovers that Manolos and manure just don?t mix.

At her husband?s prompting, suburban mom and New York career woman Susan McCorkindale agreed to give up her stressful six-figure job. Together, they headed down south to a 500-acre beef farm, and never looked back. Well, he didn?t look back. She did. A lot.

From playing ?spot the religious billboard? on the drive to rural Virginia, to adapting to a world without Starbucks, to planning bright-orange hunter-resistant wardrobes for the kids (?We moved here to get away from the madness of Manhattan only to risk getting popped on our own property?), this is her hilarious account of how a city girl came to love?or at least tolerate?country life.

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A laugh-out-loud memoir about a city slicker who discovers that Manolos and manure just don't mix.

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