Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Giveaway: 500 Acres and No Place to Hide by Susan

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade; Original edition (August 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451233360
ISBN-13: 978-0451233363

From the publisher:

Susan McCorkindale charmed her way into readers’ hearts two years ago with her debut memoir, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, and now she’s back to do it again. The sequel, 500 ACRES AND NO PLACE TO HIDE: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl (New American Library Trade Paperback Original) is on-sale August 2nd and continues Susan’s talk of her crash course in country living. It’s been four years since Susan’s husband Stu dragged her and their two sons from their quaint suburban New Jersey town (full of Starbucks, neighbors, and chic salons!) to the 500 acre beef cattle farm in the middle of Virginia—where there is a serious lack of Café Mochas. Susan gives readers a deeper look at what happens after she adjusts to country living and reality starts to take over. Hens regularly destroy her newly planted window boxes, and she attends weekly Livestock Exchanges and shopping now means a trip to the Tractor Supply. Susan’s Jazzersize classes and glasses of chardonnay help her cope with this new life.

In the tradition of fellow memoirists Nora Ephron and Jen Lancaster, Susan’s distinctive voice makes this poignant follow-up a comical yet insightful read. Susan’s trademark humor takes on a new depth when her husband is diagnosed with cancer. Susan has to add caregiver to her list of roles that already include farmer, wife and mother. Susan’s memoir will make you laugh-out-loud, as she comes to terms with all that life throws at her with humor and humility. I firmly believe it’s the funny stuff—and the fact that we still find stuff funny—that’s going to save us” says Susan.

Susan shares her hilarious tips on how to feed a horse (Counterfeit Farm Girl style, of course!), what to take into account when buying swine, and how best to celebrate the holidays in Cow Country (why not have a cattle lighting ceremony or “deck the heifers”). Other sections of the book include “Cock a Doodle Sue,” “Death by Family Time,” and “Suzy Soprano.”

Giveaway details: Open to US only and deadline to enter is August 9th at 5 PM.  Please be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. Bonus entries available for this contest are as follows:

+1 for posting on your FB page
+2 for being a follower old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging (sidebar is fine) or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.

Good luck!


  1. I have always secretly wished we had a farm. I would love to read this book.

    I am a old gfc follower +2

  2. I made the opposite transition going from a very small town in Nebraska to the western suburbs of Philadelphia. It was quite an adjustment as a young adult! I'd love to have a copy of this book and thank you for the chance to win it. I'm a follower under the name of Susan. sdryburgh at hotmail dot com

  3. I liked the cover. Thanks for the chance tow in.

    I'm a GFC follower as SandyG265

    sgiden at verizon.net

  4. This memoir sounds wonderful and unique. It would be a treasure to read. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. This amazing book of real life experience interests me greatly. Thanks for this feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I love memoirs, so please enter me. kathy(at)bermudaonion.net

  7. Oh, this does sound like a wonderful book, and I would love the chance to win a copy. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!


    I also follow your blog from google reader under the name zibilee.


  8. I would love to win this. I am in Suburban NJ and I always say I want to get out of here and move to the country and my hubby says I would never make it.

    I follow on GFC under Bethie

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  9. Love memoirs and this one sounds fascinating!

  10. GFC follower as Karen B.

  11. not sure i want to be there for the cattle lighting ceremony..

    A GFC and Google Reader follower

  12. This looks great! I am off to check for the first one at the library! Thanks for the chance to win!

    +2 I am an old GFC follower. (holdenj)


  13. Hello everyone,

    Thanks so much for checking out my new book! And Caite, don't worry. The cattle lighting ceremony has nothing to do with fire and everything to do with fun!

    Susan McCorkindale

  14. I think I would like to read this one, going from Starbucks to cattle has to has some good laughs in there :)

  15. I read Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl and got an ab workout from laughing so hard! I have already started 500 Acres and can't put it down.

    I urge Moms and career women alike to get this book as there is something in it for all of us.

    BRAVO TO YOU SUSAN for having the guts to tell it like it is!!!

  16. Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  17. follower by GFC
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  18. This sounds good.


    I'm also a gfc follower

  19. I've already read 500 Acres and HIGHLY recommend it! It's the perfect vacation read so get your copy now while there's still a few weeks left of the summer!!
    If you live on Long Island, don't miss the opportunity to get your copy of 500 Acres and No Place to Hide SIGNED BY SUSAN this Sunday, August 7th. Susan will be at Book Revue in Huntington at 3pm! For a complete list of Susan's upcoming book signings, visit www.susanmccorkindale.com and click on Appearances.

  20. To do what she did would have bowled me over! Gotta read this one!

    +2 I am an old GFC follower.

    +1 I posted this giveaway on my Profile Page of Facebook:


  21. THanks for the giveaway!

    sharn3960 @ comcast . net

  22. I'm and old follower sharn3960.

    sharn3960 @ comcast . net

  23. I always thought living on a farm would be fun. I might change my mind after reading this book!

    undermyappletree at gmail dot com

    I'm an old follower.


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