Flat Broke With Two Goats

Flat Broke With Two Goats

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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A charming memoir of one woman's unexpected journey from country chic to backwoods barnyard.
McGaha never thought she would be pulling camouflage carpet off her ceiling or rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it "date night." Most importantly, she never thought she would only have $4.57 in her bank account. After she and her husband discovered that they owed a lot of back taxes, they foreclosed on their suburban home and moved to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. What started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks,, [2018]
Description: 356 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781492655381
Branch Call Number: 930.97568 McG


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Oct 16, 2018

I didn't quite finish. It is like listening to someone who has messed up over and over again harping on why it isn't her fault that she lived well beyond her means and lost her home, and had to live in a house that just wasn't up to her standards, then ran away form home on the flimsy excuse of she wanted to work more.... Then when she started in on buying goats to breed, I just couldn't take any more. Goats are EXPENSIVE--feed, minerals, baking soda, vet bills, vaccinations, etc, and need constant attention. I just couldn't take any more whining.

May 02, 2018

That saying “When given lemons, make lemonade” is so appropriate. When foreclosure and the nonpayment of federal and state taxes force the McGaha’s to move to a remote rundown cabin often filled with mice and snakes, they make yogurt and soap from goat milk. How they left suburbia and came to love the hillbilly life is beyond me but I learned so much about how to sex goats and chickens and along with that how caring for animals changed the human perspective on what is important. Thank to KCLS in making this a community read, I read a book I would not have picked up and I’m glad I did read it. I’ve recommended it to four people, a day after I finished reading it.

Feb 21, 2018

This author went through fire and ice to get to her understanding of her place in the world. This is a very good read, from upper middle class to owing the IRS hundreds of thousands she and her husband had a very long journey- and surprisingly they took it together. The fact that they learned the art of goat breeding and gardening for sustenance made it fascinating to me. Her emotional journey and not letting herself off the hook and forgiveness was even more inspiring. A very good read.

Feb 06, 2018

It's been a while since I've been compelled to read a book in almost one sitting but this unexpected gem of a memoir did just that for me. Part of the book's appeal was its setting in the western North Carolina mountains where my parents lived for 20 years and part was the author's writing style and unflinching honesty about the lifestyle choices that left them broke after the 2008 recession. When their financial circumstances left them living in an almost abandoned cabin in a rural area, Jennifer and David become unwitting, and often unknowing, modern-day homesteaders. As the author moves between the present day and her family's history, the reader is forced to wonder how he or she would cope if a home was foreclosed and the IRS came knocking on your door. As the author wrote in the interview section of the book, "If our home had never been foreclosed or the IRS had not come knocking on our doors, I would probably still be floundering in the illusion of my upper-middle-class life." This memoir would make good fodder for a book club discussion.

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