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Product Details

  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233363
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan McCorkindale really put her heart into this one! She has a writers "voice" like I've never experienced. If your looking for a book that will keep you laughing a few weeks after you finish reading it, then this is the book for you. Susan intimately shares how her and her family rallied around her husband as he battled a life threatening disease. Throughout it all they found strength in each other they didn't know they had and wove humor throughout the experience. This book is uplifting, hopeful, heartwarming, and hilarious! Need I say more...
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I loved this from page one... Susan writes so succinctly (sp?!) and has a wonderful flair. Her format is a series of e-mails to her friends and family in another state relating the events of her new life on a huge farm in Virginia (without the many urban amenities of her past, including her six-digit salary job, and conveniences in New York City) You will never be bored, or tire of this book. There is a little bit of everything; mostly humor, and some very poignant and meaningful experiences.
Am hosting Bookclub in January, and this is my selection- friends have already read it and LOVED it as well. I highly recommend this for a holiday gift, a vacation book, or one to keep in your top ten stash to re-read again. And what a great price for a priceless book :)
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This book was our bookclub pick last month, not one of the 6 of us could get through it. The writing is scattered, thoughts flying all around including essays, lists and emails. There are way too many foot notes , very distracting.
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We have all heard the old saying "you can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl", right? Well, Susan pretty much epitomizes that saying. After her husband convinces her to leave her well paying, prestigious job in New York, and move to a farm in Virginia, Susan has some trouble adapting. She wears designer heels to do farm work, and deals valiantly with some serious family issues. And she makes her life work for her as best as she can.

This book was so funny, heartwarming, and endearing, I cannot imagine anyone not loving this book. Susan had me laughing and crying. She writes in a way that is very descriptive, but the descriptions are a little unusual, and it serves to keep the reader quite engaged.

While the book is quite funny, there are some really serious issues with which Susan and her family deal. She does so with levity, which makes them all the more heartbreaking. It feels more like I am reading a very long email from a very good friend, than a book about someone I do not know. Susan leaves every bit of her heart on the page.

This book is a follow up to a prior book by the author, which I unfortunately have not read. However, this book completely stands alone, as the author does a good job of summing up how her life ended up where it did. I am sure the first book was great, but I did not need to read it to fully appreciate this one.
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I feel this author is only writing for the money. She had nothing of any consequence to write about. No plot, Antidotes got tedious. And what non-educational, non-technical book has over 250 footnotes!!
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What a great read! Susan is laugh-out-loud funny. She is able to take inconsequential events, uncomfortable topics, already hilarious occurrences, and heartbreaking, life altering news and still manage to find humor in it all. Susan says aloud what we all think, or at least have thought at times. This book has a little something for everyone!
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I was very excited to read this book, but could not even finish it. The author is trying way too hard to be funny and comes across as desperate for attention. It's as if she runs around in her stupid, impractical shoes just so she can write about it - I find it very hard to believe there was ever a time she mended a fencepost in heels. Additionally, the footnotes are absolutely ridiculous - not to mention the shear amount of them (maybe 57 by page 30-seomthing) Very glad I only got it from the library!
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Not helpful if you are seeking to own a farm one day. Bought this book to hear an experience from someone who's been there. Someone who enjoys it. Someone who knows it's hard- but sticks it out because family and the farm is what truly matters in the end. At least that's what I thought I would get from Susan. I feel this a woman whose there- but definitely not there! Why is she on a farm? I loved her personal voice in the beginning; but as you continue to read it; it begins to feel more "whiny" and less beautiful (as most books told in this way are.) Yes, these are her confessions; but they are not wholehearted ones that many people can relate or look up to. I was not impressed.
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