Book Reviews of Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm

Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm
Fifty Acres and a Poodle A Story of Love Livestock and Finding Myself on a Farm
Author: Jeanne Marie Laskas
ISBN-13: 9780553380156
ISBN-10: 055338015X
Publication Date: 1/2/2002
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm on + 117 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I really loved this book. It was a great memoir. You felt like you were right there with them on the farm.It was also a great love story.It was also a story of hope and loss.You also will find yourself laughing and crying with the story.You really feel for these people.I Loved hearing all the stories about the farm and the animals.It also tells you that farm life isnt as easy as it looks.If you ever dreamed of living on a farm this book is for you.I was sorry to see the story end.But I am happy she wrote a sequel.
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Helpful Score: 4
To me, the best feature of this book was that the author comes across as a real and likeable person. She is open to experience, willing even to take some fairly major risks, but always seems to be very grounded, and to have a good sense of herself. She follows her heart, but knows that in real life the voice of reason can't be totally ignored. With a good story and good writing, this book delivered some truly hilarious moments, and some truly thoughtful ones.
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Helpful Score: 4
A city-dweller moves to the country. This book has it all--humor, love, grief...and how someone has the courage to face it all with strength and good humor.
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Helpful Score: 4
I absolutely loved this book. Humorous, tender, touching, we live through all of the author's emotions with her, even the fear of "Oh, my God, what have I done!" There is not a single unlikeable character in this book, but this hardly makes it sappy. A childhood dream, esoteric to say the least, an adult fantasy, suddenly comes true, and then is regretted sorely. But it is what causes these regrets and fears that builds the friendships with the country folk (at least a dozen of them named Joe Crowley, senior or junior), teaching her, and her fiance how to learn to dress, drive and live country. A dying cat, woodchuck-hunting poodle, stubborn mule, an Eastern-European old aunt, the collapsing barn and acres of brambles, it's all here. Even a cure for cancer.
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Helpful Score: 3
Fifty Acres & A Poodle is about the author Jeanne Marie Laskas' dreams of farm living. She wants to get away from the urban way of life and move to a place with beauty and fresh air. She feels there is something missing from her life. She takes a drive one day and spots her dream place. She goes through doubts and fears but finally decides to go for her dream.

She and her boyfriend Alex move into the farmhouse, fix it up, get engaged and later married. They end up with a horse and a mule too! Not to mention they end up with some great friends.

More than the basic story, I found this about the author's search for God, her true self and a live filled with love. She wanted to love and be loved. Those were the very things she felt were missing in her life and she found them at her farm. I found myself identifing with Ms. Laskas through much of the book.

If you like memoir-type stories that are comical, honest, soul searching and about animals this book will not disappoint you. Invest in the hardcover as it's one book you probably will not want to part with after reading it.
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Helpful Score: 2
A great book about an urban dweller yearning to live a simple country life and the complexities encountered once she found her post card perfect farm.
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Helpful Score: 1
wonderful book by Jeanne Marie Laskas. I used to read her regularly when she wrote for the Washington Post and have been meaning to read this book for years.. beautiful picture of living out your dreams and finding happiness..
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a very funny, touching, enjoyable book about a woman who bought a large piece of property because she liked the view. Upon purchasing, they found out daily how little they knew about country living. Daily they faced and conquered different challenges, eventually growing to love and be a part of the small town community where their land was.
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Helpful Score: 1
I adored this book. It is funny, sad, uplifting, and witty. It makes me want to go out and buy a farm.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fifty Acres & A Poodle is about the author Jeanne Marie Laskas' dreams of farm living. She wants to get away from the urban way of life and move to a place with beauty and fresh air. She feels there is something missing from her life. She takes a drive one day and spots her dream place. She goes through doubts and fears but finally decides to go for her dream.

She and her boyfriend Alex move into the farmhouse, fix it up, get engaged and later married. They end up with a horse and a mule too! Not to mention they end up with some great friends.

More than the basic story, I found this about the author's search for God, her true self and a live filled with love. She wanted to love and be loved. Those were the very things she felt were missing in her life and she found them at her farm. I found myself identifing with Ms. Laskas through much of the book.

If you like memoir-type stories that are comical, honest, soul searching and about animals this book will not disappoint you. Invest in the hardcover as it's one book you probably will not want to part with after reading it.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. You can't tell a book by its cover. This is truly a good book and a very fun read. Perhaps I find the book humorous due to the fact that I also am a city girl transplanted to the country. I would recommend this author highly.
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Laskas is a wonderful writer. The book is much like her newspaper columns.
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Great story of life in our times plus humor.
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I loved this book. If you've ever dreamed of a home in the country - this book is for you.
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funny, heartwarming look at what happens when city folks move to the country
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Interesting book about changing lifestyles from an urbanite to a farm owner. Lots of quirky characters.
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Funny and thought-provoking! I enjoyed reading this book!
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I enjoyed this memoir of finding a new life on a farm. I liked Laskas' discovery that what looks like a postcard from a distance is a lot more complicated in real life.

Finished: 7/9/2013