Rurally Screwed: My Life Off the Grid with the Cowboy I Love

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Jessie Knadler was a New York City girl, through and through. An editor for a splashy women's magazine, she splurged on Miu Miu, partied hard, lived for Kundalini yoga, and dated a man-boy whose complexion was creamier than her own. Circling the drain both personally and professionally, Jessie definitely wouldn't have described herself as "happy"; more like caustically content. Then one day, she was assigned a story about an annual rodeo in the badlands of Eastern Montana.

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Rurally Screwed: A Memoir of Losing Myself for Love

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Overview

Jessie Knadler was a New York City girl, through and through. An editor for a splashy women's magazine, she splurged on Miu Miu, partied hard, lived for Kundalini yoga, and dated a man-boy whose complexion was creamier than her own. Circling the drain both personally and professionally, Jessie definitely wouldn't have described herself as "happy"; more like caustically content. Then one day, she was assigned a story about an annual rodeo in the badlands of Eastern Montana.

There, she met a twenty-five-year-old bull rider named Jake. He voted Republican and read Truck Trader. He listened to Garth Brooks. He owned guns. And Jessie suddenly found herself blindsided by something with which she was painfully unfamiliar: a genuinely lovable disposition. In fact, Jake radiated such optimism and old-school gentlemanliness that Jessie impulsively ditched Manhattan for an authentic existence, and an authentic man. Almost overnight, she was canning and sewing, making jerky, chopping firewood, and raising chickens. And all the while one question was ringing in the back of her head: "What the !#*$ have I done with my life?"

A hilarious true-life love story, Rurally Screwed reveals what happens to a woman who gives up everything she's ever known and wanted-job security, money, her professional network, access to decent Thai food-to live off the grid with her one true love (and dogs and horses and chickens), and asks, is it worth it? The answer comes amid war, Bible clubs, and moonshine.

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"This book is really a love story. It’s about falling for an unexpected person, learning to love a new place, and when life gets tough, figuring out what the heart really wants. I started out laughing and ended with a lump in my throat. And because the tale is told with such humor and searing honesty, you’ll grow so attached to Jessie and Jake, you’ll be tempted to move off the grid with them.” —Amy Spencer, author of Bright Side Up
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425245682
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,011,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessie Knadler is a writer whose articles and stories have appeared in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Glamour. She is the coauthor of the preserving cookbook Tart and Sweet. Her blog rurallyscrewed.com has been featured in Newsweek and French Elle and on Jezebel.com. She lives with her husband, her daughter, and a bunch of chickens in Lexington, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Part 1

1 The Allure of Manly Men 3

2 Orgasm Face 20

3 Under the Big Sky 32

4 The Aircraft Carrier and the Party Boat 51

5 Cowboy Up 60

6 The Last Best Place 72

Part 2

7 Long Horns and Asphalt 89

8 Burn the Ships 107

9 War Bride 118

10 The War of Northern Aggression 130

Part Three

11 Go Big or Go Home 145

12 Dive into The Word 172

13 I, Chicken Farmer 181

14 Horse People 201

15 The Cheese Incident 210

16 Osmond Family Sing-along 225

17 200 Hammers 232

18 Genesis 3:16 247

19 Queen of the County 263

Part 4

20 Moonshine on Fire 279

21 June Born in July 299

22 Blue Tags 312

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    What a great, modern love story! I would recommend it to anyone!

    What a great, modern love story! I would recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Wonderful story!

    Couldn't put it down. I cried, I laughed, I had goosebumps the entire time. Such a great read.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    "Rurally Screwed" is a funny and profound love story,

    "Rurally Screwed" is a funny and profound love story, romantic, hilarious and poignant. A refreshing, entertaining memoir, void of false notes. Jessie Knadler is the fresh new voice of her generation.

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