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Publisher's Summary

Jennifer McGaha never expected to own a goat named Merle. Or to be setting Merle up on dates and naming his doeling Merlene. She didn't expect to be buying organic yogurt for her chickens. She never thought she would be pulling camouflage carpet off her ceiling or rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it "date night." Most importantly, Jennifer never thought she would only have $4.57 in her bank account.

When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes - a lot of back taxes - her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer's life began to more closely resemble the lives of her Appalachian ancestors than the life she experienced in her middle class upbringing. But 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.

Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.

©2018 Jennifer McGaha (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" Flat Broke with Two Goats is a funny, moving and unflinchingly honest reckoning. This sweet miracle of a memoir tells the story of a struggling couple who have to lose their house, and just about everything else, to find home." (Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine)

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Flat Broke with Two Goats

Loved this book! True transformation from a slick, shallow city girl forced to try again in the country after losing it all in the city. She becomes a competent, self sufficient woman but not without a LOT of troubles and trials! Inspirational!

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Aaaargh!

It was written well and the narrator was good, but I found the narrative infuriating. On a few occasions, I would start to feel sympathy for the author but then the next statement would annoy me to no end. Well, that is not true because the book, blessedly, did end.

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An amazing book

It really is true to life and related a lot to my life and I’m sure others as well. It is a great listen and it shares every emotion. Excellent

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I loved this life challenge!

Aside from being a goat lover, and future owner of a small bucket list herd, I really enjoyed the animal part of this story, and the consequences of the author's financial hardship.
I have to hand it to her for sticking it out. For having been so justifiably hurt over it all, and in the midst of it -having to move down a few notches to a rustic (?) cabin. I have a feeling these animals coming into her life were what helped her to manage the financial and marital stresses. They were a better stress, for lack of a better phrase. Unconditional love, and pride in a job done with much love for her animals, is the best way to heal. Pondering and processing while caring for them is such a great way to sort things out.

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Must read

I LIOVED this book . Must read for modern woman .. you don’t need to love goats either .

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An inspiring story

This beautifully crafted memoir is generous in life lessons that will inspire us all but especially those who may struggle with debt and poverty. The narrative is honest, friendly, and often humorous. A lovely read.

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