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Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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"Jessie Knadler's story about leaving the glossy office buildings and late nights of Manhattan to take a chance on love and create a new life in rural Lexington, Virginia sounds like something out of a movie. But as Rurally Screwed shows, the most unexpected life events and happiest endings—not to mention the hottest cowboys—don't just appear on the silver screen. Jessie takes a lively, self-deprecating yet thoughtful approach to her particular fish out of water tale. I laughed, winced and nodded my head in agreement more times than I can count. But most importantly, she shows that risks have their rewards, that it is possible to leave the worst of one's old life behind without abandoning the best of oneself." --Anna Holmes, founder of Jezebel.com
“Jessie Knadler’s memoir, Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love, is more than a fast-paced ride through the rodeo scene of relationships from Manhattan to Montana, but an examination of American life, the things we take for granted, and the things we ought to cherish. Reading about Knadler’s search for inner peace helped this reader find some too.”--Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
“Hilarious, romantic, and real. Jessie Knadler’s writing made me feel every single emotion of her journey from the big city to the deep country—only I didn’t have to kill a single chicken or ride an actual horse. Although I may have fallen in love with her husband a little bit.”--Lara Naaman, Writer/Producer, Good Morning America
“At once brutally honest and over-the-top hilarious, Rurally Screwed is the most engaging and relatable book about marriage I've ever read. And I've read most of them. Knadler takes readers on a journey from her stalled life as a New York City single girl to the wilds of Virginia, where she settles down with a cowboy, eighty some chickens and a cellar stocked with moonshine. Along the way, she learns there's nothing romantic about chopping firewood and nothing easy about being married—but that after the sweat dries, the rewards of both are pretty awesome. Anyone who is married, has ever been married, or is considering one day getting married, has to read this book.”--Paula Szuchman, co-author of It's Not You, It's the Dishes
"This book is really a love story. It’s about falling for an unexpected person, learning to love a new place, and when life gets tough, figuring out what the heart really wants. I started out laughing and ended with a lump in my throat. And because the tale is told with such humor and searing honesty, you’ll grow so attached to Jessie and Jake, you’ll be tempted to move off the grid with them.” —Amy Spencer, author of Bright Side Up
About the Author
Jessie Knadler is a writer whose articles and stories have appeared in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Glamour. She is the coauthor of the preserving cookbook Tart and Sweet. Her blog rurallyscrewed.com has been featured in Newsweek and French Elle and on Jezebel.com. She lives with her husband, her daughter, and a bunch of chickens in Lexington, Virginia.
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So what happens when an unhappy girl from Montana moves to the big city? After 12 years climbing the ladder to her dream profession as a fashionista magazine editor she <quits/gets fired/dies on the vine - take your pick> and starts a freelance job interviewing cowboys in - you guessed it - Montana. So she leaves her aging friends and her pedophile New York architect boyfriend (I can't make this sort of stuff up) to appear at the rodeo in her sparkly sequined sneakers where she woos and wins the cowboy of her dreams.
What starts as a one night stand to get the taste of Lolita Boy out of her mouth turns into a marriage.
So is Prince Charming a frog? I'll give you a hint. He is real a cowboy, but he's from Virginia, having taken a job in Montana chasing his cowboy dreams. Despite their individual, collective, cultural and karmic warts they deserve one another.
Now, seriously, why did I give 3 stars instead of 1? This book does have solid writing which moves the story along; although it isn't a page turner it keeps the reader interested. The protagonist is shallow and self serving but she's not despicable and in the end she does learn something about both human nature and herself. Somewhere about the time that Jake goes on his first Army deployment she allows him to start looking like a person rather than a prop. And around the time she gets pregnant her own character changes; she seems to grow up a little and recognize her place in her world. I liked the ending and I do hope she continues to grow and prosper.
I received a great bit of wisdom from Jake on the subject of selecting a dog: get one that notices you more than the landscape. Amen to that.
Secondly, Jessie has done what many women, myself included dream of. Running off from a not to great life from a relationship with a man that owns more hair products than I do (I've done that one) to live in a beautiful place in the trees with a cowboy. I've always thought that is what I have wanted to do and it was inspiring to hear the story of someone that actually did it without one country bone in her body..(at the time). The big old love between Jake and Jessie is loud and clear throughout the book and that makes both characters very loveable and likeable to me. I was raised on a little place growing up and sometimes Dad would kill a chicken or two and it was tough business - I was appalled and impressed by the way you explained the process - hey I eat meat and love good fresh chicken. It's just no sense in sugarcoating it. Write more next time about Miranda - I would have went out to that fire and probably made a scene which would not have been good, because I probably would have run her off the property (appalachian saying) but Jessie handled it best by not making a scene. Next time, either make a scene or make us like her which will be hard to do given her looks. I like the fact she likes horses though but all else about her just makes me mad. Thanks for listening, I think Rurally Screwed is fine book and will tell my friends and circulate the book through our group. Best Regards, JoyceRurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love