Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship
by Cathie Beck
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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 ...

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  "We Should All Have A Friendship Like This" by zodejodie4 (see profile) 03/05/11

We should all experience at least once the kind of life-altering friendship that Cathie & Denise shared. Everyone should had a friend who has your back no matter what, who teaches you something without it feeling like a lesson, who shows you the world through new eyes, who you can laugh with, cry with, even fight with and yet know, there is nothing you cannot do and cannot say that will change the bond between you. Cheap Cabernet is a story about that just that kind of friendship.

  "Cheap Cabernet by Cathie Beck" by Edithmv (see profile) 08/27/11

  "cheap cabernet" by Carolynr (see profile) 08/02/17

I only gave this two starts however there are many good reviews on this -- so maybe it will b good for a book club to read/discuss. That's the reason i recommended it

I really did not like this book..I got 2/3 of the way through and was still wondering why I continued to read it. I understand that it was a memoir, and those are difficult to write and read. However even up to the point when I stopped reading, I really was not drawn to either woman. I disliked the way that she stopped in the middle of an experience to related something else from her past, and then pick up the original experience again. Definitely not my kind of book.

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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