The Glass Castle
Why this book?
Best read with a dry Merlot.
I like to say I had a colorful childhood. With a mentally unstable mother who bred children as a hobby, I was part of a band of siblings that lived life pretty free-range. It made for dark, but arguably, entertaining times. If you came from an abnormally normal childhood and can’t relate, I’m not sure we can be friends. Escaping with a book and glass of wine is balanced living, and I’ve given tips on the best wine selections to go with the following books featuring dysfunctional families. But just between you and me, any wine will do.
Four free-range siblings, cigarettes in hand, roam the streets ’til sunrise. It’s 1970 and running from monsters in the cemetery and hiding from a gun-toting mother who suffers from a cocktail of illnesses is just another day in Alamo. That is, until the youngest sibling finds an old leather journal and stumbles upon the story of another young girl also trying to outrun an abusive mother. Chasing North Star – a bittersweet coming-of-age novel celebrating family dysfunction with heart and dark humor.
Best read with a robust Chianti.
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Best read with a dry Merlot.
Best read with a medium body Pinot Noir.
Best read with a hearty Cabernet.
Best read with a light Chardonnay.
Best read with a red Zinfandel (Just to be clear…red, not white).
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