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Product Details

  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451224930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451224934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan McCorkindale, a former marketing director at Family Circle, is now a freelance advertising copywriter in the wilds of Virginia. But she still loves the New York Giants, Bruce Springsteen, and the Jersey Shore. This is her first book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Author, autism advocate, former cancer caregiver, wife, mom, and hopeless optimist, Susan McCorkindale was born and raised in New Jersey. She loves Bruce Springsteen, the New York Giants, and the Jersey shore. In 2005, she moved with her husband and two sons from suburban New Jersey to a 500-acre cattle farm in Virginia. There she wrote Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl and it's follow-up, 500 Acres and No Place to Hide, More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, which chronicles her husband's battle with pancreatic cancer. Today she's remarried, writing, and recently founded a non-profit called Casey's Place, which is dedicated to helping those with autism live full, independent lives.

Customer Reviews

I found the book to be an easy read and laugh out loud funny.
C. Riddle
Although I am not done reading this book I have found that it is a little confusing and annoying to constantly refer to the footnotes at the bottom of every page.
Sportsmom1416
I don't think I can even express how much I just plain hated it.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Stormy Barton on March 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking it sounded like an interesting, light read. I started it on the first of several long distance flights and the best thing I can say about it is that this book is responsible for me finally purchasing a Kindle. I struggled through the first section as the author proudly explains in excruciating detail how she took home a six-figure income while doing as little as possible, coercing her already overworked subordinates to do her job for her. So now I'm on the airplane wishing I had access to a book store so I could put this book next to the barf bag on the back of the seat in front of me. Chapter after chapter the book did not improve. The writing style was irritating. She uses "footnotes" to give you even more detail about her current topic than you ever wanted and as I made it about 1/3 of the way through the book I realized it wasn't going to improve as she trashes everyone she meets as not worthy of her time, stupid, not dressed in the designer styles she thinks they ought to be wearing, etc. etc. The crowning moment being when her new community finally gets the Starbucks she has been longing for and she complains about that too because the barista was too polite and didn't give her the "dose of rudeness" she craves with her coffee. This is a self-absorbed woman who did have some great experiences but was too busy whining to even notice. I skimmed through a few later chapters to see if her attitude improved as the book wore on but I found no indication of that. My time is too valuable to read something so pathetic when there are so many wonderful authors out there so I did not finish this book. I also decided it was unfair to subject the next poor soul who got my seat on the plane to this miserable book so I put it in the recycle bin in the airport and promptly ordered a Kindle so I will never again be without an option should I ever find myself reading such a waste of paper again.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By K.A.T. on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I wanted to like this book--I thought I would like this book. Unfortunately, Susan McCorkindale is entirely out of touch with the average reader/person. She complains to no end about how hard it is to live in her brother-in-law's house that is "practically a four-star hotel." How annoying it is that the contractors aren't getting their renovations done on time (more items that would cost a FORTUNE). How inconvenient it is to have to spend 2 hours at the DMV--HEY SUSAN, ANYONE WHO HAS EVER MOVED TO A NEW STATE, OR EVEN A NEW HOME, SPENDS TWO HOURS AT THE DMV. AND MOST OF US HAVE JOBS THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE VACATION TIME FROM TO DO IT. She is condescending and comes off as a huge snob. I would never, ever recommend this book to ANY LIVING PERSON.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dwilli on January 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I had a hard time getting past the section where she describes how she passes the time at her six figures magazine marketing gig. She has no work because she makes her staff do her entire job. She claims they are all thrilled with this plan but I find that hard to believe. She then spends the day getting maninucures, shopping and hanging pictures. In this age of corporate waste and greed, it is a pretty sickening picture. Tons of qualified, unemployed people would have no doubt given their right arm for her job she felt so burdened by. And what about the company's stockholders? Do they know they are subsidizing this materialistic, airhead's spa days? The rest of the book is ruined by her attempts at making everything too adorable. The writing wreaked of insincerity and a sense of someone trying much too hard. There could be a story here but it is bogged down by someone who is simply too delighted with themselves. I think a story of someone who actually traded in a comfy suburban exisitance for the hard life of a farmer would have been more interesting than someone whose rich relatives handed them a farm to live on for free. They were not exactly taking a big risk to give farm life a try. I suspect a lot of the stellar reviews this book has gotten are just part of her magicical marketing nonsense. The only things really interesting is a glimpse at the silly things magazine marketing people do to get us to buy magazines.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Ahlquist on December 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Trite, boring, snobby, gimmicky, and rude at times. Even a sarcastic girl like myself winced while reading this book.

While my eyes glazed over trudging through all the crap one-star reviewers already complained about, I wondered about several things:

1. How does her husband like the the humiliating paragraph about his inability to pee properly ("...to follow my lover into the loo requires either a very strong stomach or a penchant for public toilets...Urine everywhere but the bowl, with a pinch of pubic hair thrown in for good measure...Sounds disgusting, right?" [215])? Her paragraphs about her sons peeing are equally sweet.

2. How did her former employees feel while reading the first chapter? A footnote explains that her field is not for those with an aversion to antacids, (5) and then she lists out the ways (via a top 10 list [yawn]) to not do work (manage your minibar, shop from the Pottery Barn catalog, attend a pretend power lunch ("You grab your coat, bag, and empty briefcase, tell your assistant you could be 'gone for a while,' and hail a cab" [9]).

3. How far removed from reality is her editor (or maybe just scared of "Suzy")? Did he/she think anyone outside NYC would relate to someone "dripping in Donna Karan" (12) who makes fun of everyone around her? Or relate to inside jokes or personal references to the people in her world (Footnote: "Thank you, beautiful sister-in-law, for the sweet sanctuary!" [103])? The fact that she tries to be self effacing on every third page doesn't really work. It falls flat. And the incessant play on words is obnoxious, not clever or cute. Cutting all the "cleverness" by half and, oh, maybe writing more about the farm, would have made this a better book.
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