Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir

Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir

by Jennifer McGaha

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Overview

When life gets your goat, bring in the herd

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 one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer's life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492655381
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 322,219
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A native of Appalachia, Jennifer McGaha lives with her husband and a menagerie of dogs, goats, chickens, and cats in the North Carolina mountains. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and magazines, including the Huffington Post, the Good Men Project, Lumina, PANK, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Pam Ward has performed in dinner theater, summer stock, and Off-Broadway, as well as in commercials, radio, and film. An experienced narrator, Pam has recorded many titles for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. She is the recipient of an AudioFile Earphones Award and the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award.

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