Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship (Paperback)
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Short Description for Cheap Cabernet A wickedly smart and poignant tale of two women's lives, this work is a celebration of all parts of women's lives--championing every single second of any person's exisitence--and celebrating the dark, the light, the wonderful chapters that ultimately make up a life.
- Published: 20 July 2010
- Format: Paperback 324 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781401341541 ISBN 10: 1401341543
- Sales rank: 874,234
Reviews for Cheap Cabernet
Review of Cheap Cabernet
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. by Lydia Presley