Tuesday, November 01, 2011

COUNTERFEIT FARM GIRL BOOKS by SUSAN MCCORKINDALE!

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Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl
 and 500 Acres and No Place to Hide 
by Susan McCorkindale


Today we’ve got two for the price of one! Which basically means BOTH OF THE BOOKS ARE STILL FREE!

Many of you may have already heard of the fabulous counterfeit farm girl – Susan McCorkindale, who moved from New Jersey to a farm in Virginia, and then wrote two memoirs about her experiences. Well, I’m honored to be giving away a set of her books here on MaNiC MoMMy.

Her first is Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl:

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 cattle farm, and never looked back. Well, he didn’t look back. She did. A lot.

From playing “spot the religious billboard” on the drive to rural Virginia, to planning bright-orange hunter-resistant wardrobes for the kids (“We moved here to get away from the madness of Manhattan only to risk getting popped on our own property”), Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl is her hilarious account of how a city girl learned the hard way that Manolos and manure just don’t mix.

The second book is 500 Acres and No Place to Hide:

In this charming, poignant, and uproarious follow-up to Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, Susan McCorkindale chronicles the continuously harrowing journey of what happens when you leave the big city for the land of wide-open spaces.

When Susan’s husband dragged her from the ‘burbs to the back of beyond, she thought she’d never live to see hers sons approach redneck status—and be happy about it. But after four years of living among the cows and goats instead of fashionistas and Wall Street tycoons, Susan has almost adjusted to life on the farm—even if she does miss the occasional grande soy mocha latte.

But “City Suzy” hasn’t gone completely country. In fact, she’s made farm life fit her, not the other way around. That’s why you’ll find her attempting to put pink collars on her sons’ bull calves, and campaigning hard for pair of Hampshire hogs (“They have black bodies with white ‘belts’ around their shoulders. Pretty snazzy for swine, no?”) She’ll never be a real farm girl, but as you’ll see from her sidesplitting confessions, she’s faking it just fine.

Just watch this video of Susan and the struggles she’s been through to go from city girl to farm girl – you’ll discover she is simply AMAZING!



To enter to win a set of Susan’s memoirs, tell me if you would consider yourself a city girl or a country girl. I would say I definitely have a hard time in the country as I’m not very outdoorsy, but I’m also not very good in heels and dressing up and doing the ‘city thang’ … so I don’t know what I’d call myself! More of a city girl I guess! Your turn to share!

93 comments:

Denise said...

I live in Boston now, and I love it, but I'm definitely more country than city (I'm from upstate New York). There's more Carhartt than Burberry running through these veins!

Margaret said...

Oh I am a city girl! Funny cause my husband is a farm boy and in fact has a good friend with some land that he goes to on a regular basis to help out and has a few animals there such as rabbits. He takes the kids to the farm but Mommy stays home for quiet reading time. It works! I always say he's a little bit country and I'm a little bit rock 'n' roll.

Margaret(singitm)

Jenn3128 said...

I'd put myself right in the middle. I've always lived in a big city and had to dress the part, but would love to leave it all behind & go to the country.

absolutahnie said...

moved from a town 15 minutes outside of boston to one 45 minutes outside of boston...i pass cows on my way to work (in boston)
i see deer, coyote, fox, wild turkeys,owls & bunnies often. i say i want to raise backyard chickens but down deep, i'd rather
live in the boston harbor hotel with 24 hour room service & a doorman!

faithspage said...

I was raised on a farm, farm girl for 18 years. The town had 1 stoplight, seriously. Then 3 other small towns until almost 2 years ago, and now live in the city. I'm in Kentucky, so it still isn't a huge city, Lexington. Big enough for me!

kyfaithw at aol dot com

Ally said...

I grew up in Philly and now live in NC farm land. I think I'm more of a farm girl now.

DaphneSFL said...

City girl, 110%. The country is nice to visit, but, I wouldn't survive.

Lesley Davis, Esq said...

I like the idea of living in the country but not the reality of drivining 30 minutes to a star bucks!

Sherry said...

Country girl--love my jeans and my animals.--and the open space!

Sherry V

Megan said...

I'd put myself in the middle since I live in downtown Chicago, but would move to the country in a heart beat!
ID eloisepeaches

Tyra said...

I really am a little bit of both...I grew up here in the South, so I know how to shoot my gun, but I also love every one of my Prada heels!

ncsuloges said...

Oh its hard, I am the same as you Manic. I am a little of both. I love reading about both types of gals also. I truly can't choose. I love Raleigh but wouldn't want to be in a big city like NYC.

robynn78 said...

I am a country girl who was brought up in the city!! My husband always laughs at me when I put my shitkickers on.. I grew up in the country robin, got our dinner from the barn, you grew up in the city, your trying to impersonate a country girl!! It will all change when we build our house, I will be a country girl, but I will admit I like the city girl conviences!

Kristi said...

I grew up in a suburb of Dallas and will forever be a Suburban City girl (I'm with you, don't think I could do the real downtown city girl thing).

Kristi Hooke

Margie said...

I loved the out-of-doors, but I would have to consider myself a city girl. I have never been on a real farm.

Books & Reviews said...

City Girl!

Krystal said...

I'm a country girl! We live in the city now but I can't wait to get back to the country!!!
kndyer

Kimmi said...

I'm a country girl, who'd like to try out the city girl persona. Just once.

Liz said...

I'm a country girl trapped in the suburbs.

animallover75 said...

I'm not sure what I am. I don't like to be outdoors a lot. But I hate the city and how close the houses are. I dream of having a lot of land to rescue animals. So I guess down deep I'm a farm girl.

Melissa said...

City girl, even though I live in a pretty small town, there is nothing country about me. Don't like animals, dust or dirt!! Melissa Rem

Neckmeat said...

I'm more of an Urban girl. ;) Sort of in between City & Farm.

Jeffie T said...

Definitely more of a country girl.

Carie Casey said...

City girl for sure.

jdstec said...

I would have to say city. I love the country, but have to apply the adage "It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there". Too spoiled by the conveniences of the city.

Bev V said...

I'm a city girl, but with jeans and sneakers! I live close enough to "country" to see cows at the county fair, but I don't have to milk them!

Alice said...

Country girl, because of how I grew up even though I'm technically a city girl now.

EBrowning said...

I'm a city girl for sure. I am not an outdoorsy type by any stretch of the imagination.

LizzybethDJ said...

I dream of being a city girl (and was for a number of years, in DC) but now I'm a country girl. I miss the city amenities but do love the peace and quiet!

TaraUB said...

The Husband says I'm more country, blue jeans and such. I'm definitely no fashionista, but I love my Starbucks. Like others on here, I'd love to have some land to save animals.

Kristi said...

I live in the city, but only because of my job and because I like being five minutes from the grocery store, library, mall, etc.

If it wasn't for that I'd be perfectly happy in the country.

Dani In Chicago said...

Definitely a city girl! I've lived in Chicago for 15 years. I love hanging out in the country for a weekend once in a while, but I always have to live near a metropolis.

MonaLisa said...

I am definitely a country girl. I started out in rural Virginia (probably not far from where the city girl of the books moved to). I moved to Kentucky (horse country not the mountain region). I like living within an hours drive of the cities so I can visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. I love sitting on my porch to read and hearing nothing but birdsong and seeing nothing but rolling hills.

Emily said...

hmmm...what if i'm a suburb girl? lol. wouldn't say im terribly good in "rural" environments, but while i tolerate the city, i dont think i would want to live there...

Emily116

Anonymous said...

Country girl. I grew up showing sheep and raising cattle. Even though I have settled into suburban life now, my heart still lies in the country!

Colbey J

Twins + 1 said...

I would say I'm a little of both!

My Two Army Brats said...

I am definitely neither. I'm a small town girl. I don't do cities well....at all. And after marrying myself a cowboy from Texas I know that I also wouldn't do country farm living well either...unless I had hired hands to do the work. That's why we've managed thus far to land army duty stations that are nowhere near the big cities!

ludy2288 said...

I'd like to say country girl, because the idea of spending all day outdoors and working on nature thingys is really appealing but when it comes down to it, I'd much rather be shopping and wearing cute outfits.

Joani 15 said...

Oh I am neither, I am a beach girl, but I work in the city, the long commute is worth it to see and smell the ocean when I wake up and when I come home after work.

Nanette said...

Country girl, no doubt. The only reason I don't live there now is because I moved to Alaska and fell in love. I think I would miss the ocean, too, if I ever did leave. Hugs, Nan :)

Kelley said...

Right in the middle!! Not chic enough to be a true city girl, but love heels and make up. But I'm also a camper and fisher, and spend my weekends at the lake!

Becki**** said...

Country girl. Nothing hubby and I like better is a Diner after Sunday church and then a nice afternoon working in the garden.

Coleen said...

I am a city girl through and through!!!

Dolly said...

I'm totally comfortable in either place. I grew up in the sticks (and my mom still lives on a farm); I now live just 10 minutes outside a large city. I can do both. I love both.

My favorite story to illustrate: a work mate had a spare ticket to a charity event when the Grand Prix was in Indianapolis. I rushed home after work, got drop-dead gorgeous in 30 minutes and drove downtown to meet a prince - literally - Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

The next morning, I was was up at moms, using the ATV to chase cows that had escaped.

Philadelphia said...

I definitely consider myself a city girl... However my father just purchased a 20 acre farm with goats and cows, and I have to admit, its quite charming, for the weekend.

-Philly5

Anonymous said...

I love the outdoors. I am definitely a country girl.

-Donna W.

Crystal said...

I'm from Texas, but grew up in the "big city" i.e. Houston. So I think I'm pretty much a city girl. I don't do the whole heels, hair done, and makeup on everyday though. and the fiance and I just *love* our rodeo & country music. so maybe a little of both??

crystal717

Emma S. said...

I live in the country, but I consider myself a city girl. I escape to cities on the weekends any chance I get.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

More of a city girl then country

MyKidsEatSquid said...

Suburb girl here. I loved the book trailer video--Susan was so engaging.

BrendaL71 said...

Definitely City Girl. Born and raised in Chicago. I hate to camp and the thought of sleep on the ground, cooking your food on an open pit and use the bathroom outside. I don't think so. That's why they invented house with electricity and indoor plumbing.

Juliet Farmer said...

i'm a city girl, but i'd really like to be a country girl. :)

Amy Goddard said...

I would like to live in the country as long as I have all the comforts of the city: bank, grocery store, gas station all within a mile or two of my house.

Amy Goddard

CAnative said...

I am also a middle of the road. Like the "Suburban City" moniker. Don't really want to be in a big city or way out in the country.

Nicole

Katie said...

I am a little bit of both. We live in a suburb of Indianapolis but pretty far out of the city. I love being within 45 minutes of downtown but being able to go back to my house and pass cornfields and pastures on the way to our subdivision.

LynnBelo said...

I'd say I'm an "in-betweener" :) I think it would be fun to live on a farm, hunt, fish, etc. but I also love living near everything in the city (and I'm not much of a dress and heels girl either) :)

buttah said...

I am totally a country girl...grew up there and it still runs in my veins even though I live in the "city" now!

Mom'sLove said...

City girl, only due there are no bookstores and targets in the country. Otherwise I so live there.. ;)
Amanda

Bernadette7 said...

I'm a city girl being that I am born and raised in NY (and not the northern part). With that in mind I listen almost exclusively to country music and rock my (non-leather all man mande material b/c I'm a vegetarian) cowboy boots all the time...so a lil of A and lil of B?

keltban said...

I am a city girl. I grew up in the county but could not wait until I got older to live in the city. Can't see myself in the county anymore and the thought of moving out of Chicago terrifies me. I just have gotten so used to having everything with in walking distance.

HomesteadJen said...

I am a country girl who was raised in the suburbs. I wither and die in the city. And I have been waiiiitttting for you to post these books. Here's hoping my number is the lucky choice!

Tiffany Drew said...

I live in a small city, but there isn't much for woods or empty land. I guess I would consider myself a country girl though because I hate big cities! I would love to have a small farm and not have to deal with anyone I didn't want to lol. I guess I am a little anti-social :)

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I'm more country than city, but definitely couldn't survive in the wilderness!
qweska8402

krstrpp said...

Definitely a city girl. Sometimes a country girl. Definitely not a suburb girl. Thanks for the chance to win the boooks.

your invisible pixie said...

probably a city girl, although i do love the country!

Leslie said...

I am a city girl, but I do enjoy hanging out in the country for the weekend. LeslieGC

Kim W. said...

Would looooove a chance to win these -- they came highly recommended to me by a friend!!

And I agree with you....I'm definitely not a country girl, but I'm not a dress up & put my heels on girl either. But....I do love the energy a big city brings and love having all the coffee shops and entertainment at my fingertips! So....I'm definitely a city girl!!

Jessica said...

That is a hard question. I'm not a country girl because I don't like the outdoors but I also don't really like the city. It smells and it's loud. I do like dressing up though. I guess I'm more of a suburbs girl, haha. I like living in my neighborhood in the suburbs, only 30 mins away from downtown Charleston. =]

Thank you!

-Jessica M
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Amy R. said...

Both. I grew up in a rural area but have also grown up in a large city too. What I hate about being in a city: traffic, hoards of people, places being crowded all the time. What I hate about being in the country: Lack of shopping!!!

Janet Fiorentino said...

City girl. Get to wear more shoes that way.

Erin G said...

I grew up in the country, and I live in the city now. I'm going to say that I'm a "suburbs girl" - I like my pizza delivery and Starbucks available, but I want to sleep without hearing sirens at night :)

Melissa said...

does liking country music make me a country girl? hehehe. i love the suburbs.

melissa a from clc

IandSsmom said...

I guess a little of both but way more country! I live in a small town waaaaay south of Chicago! It is definetly farm country but I'm really not the outdoorsy type either but I perfer this to the crowds of the city!

Susan said...

I would have to classify myself as a country girl. I did not grow up on a farm but I was raised in a farming community and and a farming state so I know all about cows, horses, chickens and all that other livestock. I now live in another small community in different farming state. The big city lifestyle kinda scares me.

Jeryl M. said...

I'm neither I'm a suburban girl all the way. I don't want to be way out in the boondocks on a farm and I don't want to be in the middle of the city either.

GinaB said...

I'm a city girl. I like to tell people (jokingly, of course) that I'm allergic to the outdoors.

A.C. said...

I would say I'm more a "suburbs girl." I was raised in the country but I always dreamed of living in a neighborhood! Big cities would overwhelm me, but having a neighbor that I can just walk next door to visit would be enough for me!

Anonymous said...

I'm a suburban girl - who prefers comfy shoes and clothes, working outoors in my garden and cooking - spends most of her time indoors in my professional career and can dress up to the nines when needed. JillFay.

Christina said...

I grew up on a farm and there are a LOT of farmers in my family. I was in 4-H for years, showed horses and all of that, but I never considered myself a country girl. I've always said that I grew up on a farm, but I'm not a farm girl. Although I still visit the farm frequently, I'm definitely a city girl!

ChristinaL

Terri said...

I'm an Arizona girl...that means you want the convenience of the big city, but you still want to be comfy in your flip-flops and jeans all the time. :)

Terri M.

kimmy25 said...

Country!

Valerie G. said...

I was born in the country. I love it. I live in the suburbs now which probably fits me better, though. Not really a city girl at all.

Jezebel's Mama said...

I can do the country thing fine but now live in a town and look back to think about how hard it was! I sure can sport myself some snazzy platform 5 and a half inchers now and am lovin that now!! Of course in 5 years my feet may beg to differ....

kathygold9778 said...

I'm a city girl (from Philly!) that often dreams of being a country girl...although I don't know if it would suit me well. LOL!

kathygold9778

FloridaLauren said...

I'm a city girl through and through. I'm not a fan of camping, I've always been slightly afraid of horses and other large farm animals, and I pretty much allergic to the whole outdoorsy thing. Give me high heels and a view of the empire state building any day!

BethC said...

I love getting away to the country....but a city girl for the long haul!

StereoQueenBee said...

Grew up in the country but live in the city. I love a balance of both...

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lucy872 said...

I would say more of a "suburb" girl...I couldn't live without access to a Target within 15 min, but can't stand the busyness of the big city. I'd rather visit it and go home when I'm done.

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I'm similar to you Manic. I used to think I was a country girl, but living in the city for five plus years has left me in limbo. When I'm in the country I miss the city, in the city, I whine about city living!

Leah B said...

I like to think I am a city girl. I love being able to walk all over or be in a city with actual public transportation!

Read Baby Read said...

I am definitely a city girl. Tending my own stuff, and not being able to drive through Chick-fil-A every once in a while is not my idea of fun.

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