Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship

Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship

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by Cathie Beck
     
 
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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A newly-dumped empty nester at only 39, Beck could do whatever she wanted, but had no friends with whom to do it. She needed pals, so she placed an ad in a Colorado newspaper to form a "smart, sassy women's group," with no idea what sort of response she'd get. A bevy of women responded, and Beck winnowed the lot of potential partners in crime to a half-dozen. One of them would change her live forever, and their friendship is the subject of Beck's mood-hopping memoir. They seemed to have little in common at first glance; Denise Katz was sophisticated, glamorous, successful, while Beck saw herself as a "stubby Catholic girl with thin hair." But the two struck up a fast friendship rife with adventure, even as Katz slowly succumbed to the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis. It's easy to see why Cabernet attracted a major publisher after it was self-published to great acclaim on Amazon. Though often full of treacle, Beck doesn't shy away from a frank, honest portrayal. Readers may not always like the book's versions of Beck and Katz, but they will identify with them.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439244395
Publisher:
CreateSpace
Publication date:
08/26/2009
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 2.50(d)

Meet the Author

Cathie Beck is the author of the award-winning memoir, Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship, a wickedly funny and smart memoir about female friendship. Iris Dart, author of Beaches, describes Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship as "an achingly poignant memoir that reminds every woman to call her best friend right away."

In 2009, Cathie self-published her memoir, holding an online "Cheap Cabernet for Every Vixen" online book launch party, and sold so many copies on Amazon.com, it hit No. 1 Amazon Movers & Shakers. Twenty-two publishers and 16 literary agents jockeyed to represent the book, and a top literary agent held a three-house auction - in July 2010, Hyperion Books published Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship.

Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship has been a Denver Post Best Sellers book five times and is the only memoir named a "Great Group Read" by the National Women's Book Association. The book is also an Honoree, 2011 Books for a Better Life Award, named a Target Stores Emerging Author book, and Cathie is a Midwest Booksellers Association Featured Author.

Cathie has written for the Boulder Daily Camera, the Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Business Journal, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Writers Digest. She presently contributes to a number of major publications and is the recipient of the Louisiana Press Women's and Denver Press Woman's Writing Awards, the Scripps-Howard Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the University of Colorado's Dean's Award for Writing.

Further information can be found at www.cathiebeck.com.

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