Cheap Cabernet: A FriendshipPaperback
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- Publisher: Voice
- Format: Paperback | 324 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 200mm x 26mm | 281g
- Publication date: 20 July 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1401341543
- ISBN 13: 9781401341541
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,073,836
I didn't know that people come into our lives, and sometimes, if we're terribly lucky, we get the chance to love them, that sometimes they stay, that sometimes you can, truly, depend on them.Cathie Beck was in her late thirties and finally able to exhale after a lifetime of just trying to get by. A teenage mother harboring vivid memories of her own hardscrabble childhood, Cathie had spent years doing whatever it took to give her children the stability--or at least the illusion of it--that she'd never had. More than that, through sheer will and determination, she had educated them and herself too. With her kids in college, Cathie was at last ready to have some fun. The only problem was that she had no idea how to do it and no friends to do it with. So she put an ad in the paper for a made-up women's group: WOW . . . "Women on the Way." Eight women showed up that first night, and out of that group a friendship formed, one of those meteoric, passionate, stand-by-you friendships that come around once in a lifetime and change you forever . . . if you're lucky.
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Cathie Beck is a Denver-based journalist and creative writer. She has written for the "Los Angeles Times," "Boulder Daily Camera," "Denver Post," "Rocky Mountain News," "Denver Business Journal," "Poets & Writers" magazine, and "Writers Digest." She contributes to a number of publications""and KUVO radio in Denver, Colorado. Her short stories have been published in "Glimmer Train" and "Zoetrope: All-Story," and she is the recipient of writing awards from both the Louisiana and Denver Press Women's Clubs, as well as the Scripps-Howard Award for Excellence in Journalism.
By Lydia Presley 12 Dec 2010
It's not often I finish a memoir and think, "My goodness, this would make an interesting book club read". But Cheap Cabernet brought that thought immediately to the forefront more than once as I read through Cathie Beck's story.
As a 39 year old woman, Cathie has two grown children and an empty home. She's lonely and she needs friends - so she does what most women would never even consider doing, she starts a woman's club with eight strangers. And one of those strangers is Denise.
To be honest, I didn't think I was going to enjoy this memoir. I knew I needed to read it and review it and was, in a way, sort of dreading it because I figured it was going to be another "pity me my life sucks" story. It had all the ingredients, teenage mother, skipped-out husband, friend with MS, horrible family life growing up - yup, all there. But still Cathie manages to be upbeat, to learn from Denise, to explore and challenge fear more than once. Basically, Cathie made memories of life with Denise - at a time when Denise was losing her life.
I did not once get a "pity me" feeling from this book. The hard things were talked about matter-of-factly, the good times were talked about much the same. There are lots of fun stories, scary stories and heart-breaking stories of memories shared by Denise and Cathie.
Mostly though - I think this book does what it's labeled to do. It talks about a friendship, a special friendship. And man, it would make a good book club discussion book.