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Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl

2.78 of 5 stars 2.78  ·  rating details  ·  990 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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.

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Kindle Edition, 372 pages
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McCorkindale is not a gifted story teller. She's far too self-conscious and the would-be funny parts are so belabored, overworked--that they just aren't funny. It was like spending six hours with a girlfriend who finds herself hilarious.
I really think it deserves only about 1 1/2 stars at most. Her sarcasm was just wearing. A little goes a long way and she uses sarcasm a LOT. Her footnotes were frankly annoying. I would have preferred to read them as part of the book itself, as they were really parenthetical comments. This book was highly recommended and I had high hopes for it, but I just couldn't like it / her. Too self absorbed.
I couldn't resist picking up this book when I found it on a sale table. Sounded like an fun concept (I have my own dreams of living on a farm one day), plus it's set in Virginia. However, so far I'm not enjoying it much. One reason being that the author is far to much of a whiny princess to be likable.

Ok, I managed to finish and, frankly, I hated it. The only reason I slogged through was because of the location of their farm, which is about an hour from where we live. We actually just visited th
Jul 29, 2009 Laura rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NY fashion lovers
Recommended to Laura by: amazon clearance
I realized why I didn't like this book much on p. 232 when the author explained, "I'm pretty sure he (her husband) thought that once the girl left the city, the city would leave the girl, but I'm simply incapable of making that kind of metamorphosis. In fact the reverse is true; I'm doing my best to Park Avenue this place up. You might say I'm on a mission to cosmopolitanize the country."

Rather than learning or growing from her rural experiences, the writer remains adamant that Starbucks is a n
I tried really really hard to like this book but the stupid footnotes (multiple sarcastic notes on EACH page - so distracting) just ruined the book for me each time I had to pause to read them. They really ruined the flow of the book.

As far as her writing goes, yes she was overly sarcastic, but that's fine. Yes, she gloated a lot about her plush job and spoiled life style, but that's just goes to show that there really are people out there that are THAT self absorbed. If I hadn't had to pause e
My hats off to all the magazine editors who turned Susan McCorkindale down, editors about whom the author bitches in some of the last chapters. Those editors were right--this is not funny or well-written. Too bad the editors at Penguin didn't think so. Whiny, annoying, and downright poorly written. I just plain didn't like it. All the parentheticals and footnotes are a poor attempt to be funny and/or conversational with the reader, but end up simply as evidence of a lack of thought given to comp ...more
I picked this book up because I'm a city mouse faced with the very real possibility that my work and life may take me to the country. I was hoping for a memoir that would ready me for the transition. This was not it because this may be one of the worst books ever written. While I won't go so far as to call the author names, I will go so far as to say that she has written herself as a summarily unlikable hag with a penchant to believe the world somehow owes her something. Reading this book was pa ...more
Trisha Clark
Oct 02, 2008 Trisha Clark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who wants a good laugh
The city mouse moves to the country in this REALLY, REALLY funny book. Susan put her hyper-personality in the pages with her signature tangents that are even funnier as footnotes, lists, indexes and much more that pop up throughout for a truly enjoyable read. The best part (and the most important part, I think) of the book is its ability to speak to you personally, whatever hat you are wearing at the moment - working mom, stay-at-home-mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, PTA president - about to ...more
A friend said she thought of me while she was in Border's and saw this book, so I picked up the first copy I could find. Let me just say, I would rate this book "Hated It" if that were an option. Susan McCorkindale is the meanest, most self-centered person I have encountered in a long time. I pushed myself through a few chapters thinking it would have to get better, but I threw the book down in disgust. Before I took the book back, I skimmed a bit, thinking I hadn't perhaps given her a fair shak ...more
I couldn't do it. I just couldn't finish it.

I love memoirs. I love fish-out-of-water-stories. I just couldn't get past the author's "oh aren't I clever / funny / darling" wink-wink writing style.


You're not.
Dec 22, 2011 Molly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Molly by: book club (Rachel K.)
Somewhat funny but unexceptional fish-out-of-water memoir.
The humor is the second biggest problem; the writer tries to be funny with every sentence and it’s just very tiring to read.
The biggest problem, especially for the first half of the book, is the writer complaining about moving to the sticks (Virginia) after life in New York/New Jersey. It’s not like she’s surrounded by coal miners – her social set/neighbors are rich, too. Mostly it really got to me because it reminds me of people who m
Kim Patterson
I can't even finish this book, and that's very unlike me. It's just too painful. I vacillate between being extremely annoyed with the author to feeling pity for someone who is so miserable in every aspect of her life regardless of what she is doing or where she is.

Materialistic and shallow, I don't think this woman can ever be happy with anything she has or any circumstance she finds herself in. It's too bad she can't just appreciate all that she has or at least something she has. I am pretty s
I must admit that I have a dream to live on a farm. Nothing like the farm she describes in this book. I would like 5-10 acres to have sheep... for my dogs. The thing is I am born and breed in the suburbs and while my husband is from a farm state (Nebraska) he is not only against living on a farm but he is not handy around the house. Worse he does not want to learn. So when I read the cover of this book I thought I could get some insight.

Susan was the marketing director for the publishing company
I really liked this book! It had quite a few bad reviews so I was a little hesitant to read it but I'm so glad I did! The author, Susan McCorkindale, is hilarious! She writes about her experiences of quitting her high-paying job in NYC and relocating with her husband and two boys to a farm...where they actually farm. ;) Each chapter is a mini story of something that happened so you almost feel like you're reading her journal. I could relate with her on so many levels, which is always a great thi ...more
This is really a two star book, but I gave it 3 because she moves from New Jersey to Upperville, Va and she talks about Winchester, Paris, Va and Middleberg, which makes it marginally more interesting if you are familiar with those places. This is supposed to be a collection of funny stories written by a magazine editor who quits her job and moves with her husband out to the country (David Sedaris type of book), but it actually just isn't particularly funny. It is a good read for the pool becaus ...more
Oh my goodness, I laughed until I cried reading this book. Seriously I was reading this during piano lessons and probably looked like I was having a seizure trying not to laugh out loud. VERY, VERY funny! Especially having grown up on a farm (a REAL farm girl!) I could still relate to her funny farm experiences and still share her love of shoes! So entertaining!
I always have such a hard time with the rating system... this book wasn't "amazing" in that it changed my life, but I did really like it. "Suzy" is witty, charming, and likeable throughout the book. I'm jealous that I wasn't friends with her while she was going through the two years at Nate's place, I could have used the chuckles!
Jun 17, 2014 Katie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I wanted to like this more. I love first person, experience books. Fish out of water or learning to thrive in a foreign environment books tend to speak to my soul. The first few chapters I found Ms McCorkindale humorous and maybe even endearing but her storytelling quickly became forced and out of touch. She talks about "country life" but has every store and amenity within a half hour of her farm. She is obsessed with strange fashion--stilettos, leather-- not really very relateAble or even funny ...more
I'm giving up on this. The author is shallow, vapid, immature, whines a lot, and is obsessed with doing as little as humanly possible. I'm not sure I can stand any more time spent with a woman who does so little and feels entitled to so much.
Oct 02, 2008 Jenn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Woman
She may be new to the country, but she's certainly not new to funny! Susan McCorkindale's first book had me laughing out loud. Her light-hearted, cheerful charm is a joy to read and I'm eagerly awaiting book #2!
As a Farm Girl myself there were many experiences that I could directly relate to in this.
I was all excited to read this, seeing as the author moved from Ridgewood NJ to Virginia farm country, and I'm more of a country girl (wanna-be farm girl) who currently resides near Ridgewood. Sounds like fun, right?

Not so much. In fact, not much at all.
Not only did I not finish it, but my Brooklyn-to-Long Island cosmopolitan roommate didn't finish it either.
First of all, McCorkindale doesn't appear to have moved to Farm Country so much as "We run cattle on our property in order to get farming t
A more appropriate title for this book would be, Confessions of a Designer Shoe Diva. I know McCorkindale is trying to be funny, but it's just overkill. Stop whining about ruining your designer shoes and get yourself some farm-type footwear. Problem solved! I had to stop reading the little footnotes (which in the beginning I thought were very clever) about half way through because they became too annoying. In the end I didn't like her or her family or her humor, but the farm seemed very nice.
Susan McCorkindale sums up her book perfectly in one line: “I really love bitching about this place.” She spent most of the book griping about her husband, kids, the farm, and her inability to find anything designer in the sticks.

Some of her complaints varied from standard to ridiculous. Hearing about her struggles navigating chickens, cow patties, and mud puddles in peep-toe pumps elicited more annoyance than sympathy. I couldn't help but think "Hearing about pecking chickens ruining your desi
I was really hoping this book would be a humorous look at farm life, full of silly anecdotes and hilarity, and yet it wasn't. It just didn't quite get to where it needed to do be.

I was annoyed by the copious amounts of footnotes found on almost every page in the book and found that, rather than injecting side notes of humor into the story, they distracted me and made it difficult for me to get back into the story. It was like someone was constantly interrupting my reading to tell me something t
Diane Drennan Pavia
Blech! I was so disappointed by this book. I was really looking forward to the comparison of "farm life" to life in NY/NJ, as I know it. I'm a sucker for anyone who can write about NJ with authority and humor. This author could not. Her references to NY and Nj were totally self-indulgent. And less than half the book related directly to her life on the farm. It was about her life as a mother and wife, period; the setting was totally irrelevant.

It was also poorly written and repetitive. Enough abo
Rating: D-

First Line: "If anyone had ever told me I'd leave my big-city job and suburban home for rural country living, I would have declared them a few bristles short of a brush," (Author's Note, p. xi).

Review: I'm having a hard time writing this negative review because in the last chapter of this book, McCorkindale writes about how she wants to be the next Nora Ephron (not the highest of literary heroes, but to each his own) and what rejection is like. I wish she hadn't written that--and made
More like 2.5 stars. Ok, I admit there were times I laughed out loud. I am another counterfeit farm girl only without the full time farmer husband and the $$$ she apparently has. Yes, the author is self absorbed, yes she is a little condescending at times, but learning the ropes of country life is not for wimps. After a while it got tiring but for me it was relatable and mostly I enjoyed it.
Jun 07, 2013 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mom
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a hilarious recount of one woman's move from New Jersey's metro area to a small town in rural Virginia. McCorkindale goes from the high power, fast paced job of managing a marketing team for a large magazine to managing her house, kids, cows, and chickens. From being able to walk or take a short cab ride to anything to a 30 minute drive to a farm supply store. I relate to this book having made a similar move myself. It was quite a culture shock and McCorkindale has done a great job ...more
Gina Pelz
Any memoir I read is automatically compared to the brilliance that is Jen Lancaster. I feel sorry for authors when I read their books because I can't help but compare their work instead of reading it for what it is. With that being said, I do applaud Susan. She was funny and kept my attention, which is generally a hard thing to do. I don't know if I would have enjoyed the book as much if I hadn't just moved from NYC to the NJ suburbs where a lot of Susan's prior activities occurred, and so I can ...more
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Susan McCorkindale is the mother of two sons, a new widow, and a fledgling farm manager. She is also the author of two memoirs. The first, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, is the laugh out loud true tale of her move from the suburbs to the sticks. The second, 500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, is her charming, poignant, and uproarious follow-up.
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