500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl – REVIEW

500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl  is a memoir by a woman who is one of our own.

She is a local (her beef-cattle farm is near Middleburg in Fauquier County).

She is a mother of two boisterous boys who, she writes, eat almost as much as the thousand pound-plus cows.

She is a woman who often stops in the middle of her day, looks around the new life she has built, and wonders where are the trappings of her pre-farm, snazzy New York/New Jersey existence. And whether you’re herding cows in the NoVA, shooing deer from your backyard in Bethesda or placing the ant traps around the sink in your urban-fabulous DC pad, I know you can relate. (Because if you’re reading this here blog, you have kids. And weren’t we all just two seconds ago fighting with our roommates, cramming for the psych midterm and hoarding quarters for the dorm washing machines? And who made us in charge of these beautiful but stinky children?)

Most importantly, Susan is a wife driven by a fierce love that empowers her to do the impossible: care for her husband through pain and cancer. All while keeping the kids and farm running too.

I am a massive fan of Susan’s. I know I should call her Mrs. McCorkindale, or McCorkindale, but I just can’t — after reading both her memoirs and her blog for years, I feel like we’re friends. And we are, through mutual friends, blogging, Facebook and prayer.

Photo by Kimberly Petro of Joslyn Photography at http://kimberlypetro.com. Used with permission.

She is serious girl-crush material. Her humor and wit are brilliantly funny, and no one can lay down a pun or write a footnote like this woman. People are always comparing women with keen humor about life to Bombeck or Fey, and while I think Susan could totally hang with those ladies over a bucket of beer, her brand of humor is fully her own.

If you have not yet devoured the first memoir, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, get it NOW. Pick it up before you hit the beach, load it to your Kindle to laugh over as the eliptical kicks your butt, reserve it at your local library.  You’ll fall in love with her herding in Jimmy Choos, sipping (or downing?) La Crema when snowed in on the ranch, driving her Durango across cattle guards instead of taking the NJ Transit across the Hudson.

Here’s my blog online review from December 2008 and Amazon customer review of Susan’s first memoir, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl

Good momoir, great beach read – 5 stars

I love memoirs, chick-lit and social commentary, and this book has all three. This enjoyable memoir is about a big time Manhattan magazine marketing director who decided to pack it all up and move to rural Virginia with her husband and sons to manage a cattle farm.

Witty and full of satire, the author’s voice is exuberant and the pace of her story is great. I giggled and thoroughly enjoyed Susan’s transition from getting fitted for St. John’s suits to seeing John Deere on her husband’s Christmas list, to working out in fancy NYC gyms to burning calories by getting chased by 1500 lb beef cows.

Amongst the pithy one-liners, I found Susan’s commentary on economic status and class and what those perceptions mean to a family very intriguing, especially in these economic times.

Great gift for all girlfriends, whether they have a personal shopper chick to find them fresh fashions or a personal chicken coop for fresh morning eggs.

After you finish Confessions, pre-order 500 Acres and it will arrive on your doorstep or in your e-reader next week.

This journey Susan chronicles is tougher, the toughest ever. And her book is the best ever. Even better than her first.

It’s still funny. Because if you can’t laugh, you’ll cry.

Hell, Susan proves you can do both and she does it with style, class, curses, beauty, wit, wisdom and love.

Disclosure: I received an advance review copy. Amazon affiliate links are used, but they are all Susan’s, not mine. We need to make sure we give her an incentive to write a third installment!

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