Wine, Women & Words: Special Guest Edition

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Wine, Women & Words: Special Guest Edition

Photo by Michele Leivas

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We have not disappeared!

Diana and I do apologize for the delay in posting our latest episode. Life, as it does sometimes, snuck up on both of us and forced us to do some adulting before we could get back to the fun stuff: books.

We are here, though, and we return to our regularly scheduled programming.

In our latest episode, we had the honor and privilege of being joined by Erin Lindsay McCabe, author of “I Shall Be Near to You.”

After Diana mentioned it in one of our previous episodes, “Bold Women in Literature,” I promptly ordered it on Amazon and read it in a weekend (an impressive accomplishment with two little ones running around and a mountain of laundry that isn’t going to do itself). “I Shall Be Near to You” is a historical fiction novel set during the Civil War and tells the story of Rosetta, who poses as a man to enlist as a Union soldier and fight alongside her husband, Jeremiah. Inspired by letters from the real-life Rosetta Wakeman – and the hundreds of other women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the war, “I Shall Be Near to You” is a title that should be on your To Be Read list, if it isn’t already.

Erin joined us to expand on our Bold Women topic, specifically in historical fiction. Since this is her and Diana’s field of expertise, I acted more as a moderator and let them take the reins. Here are their picks:

Diana’s Picks:

  1. Marlene, from “Marlene: A Novel” by C.W. Gortner
  2. Vianne and Isabelle, from “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
  3. The Amazing Arden from “The Magician’s Lie” by Greer Macallister
  4. Beryl from “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain
  5. Juliet Moreau from “The Madman’s Daughter” by Meghan Shepherd

Erin’s Picks:

  1. Lydia from “The Jump-Off Creek” by Molly Gloss
  2. Mattie Ross from “True Grit” by Charles Portis
  3. Queenie and Maddie from “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein
  4. Kate from “Vengeance Road” by Erin Bowman
  5. Sam from “Under a Painted Sky” by Stacey Lee

We are finishing up “All the Light We Cannot See” for this months’ reading selection and our next episode will be about our favorite plot twists! Stay tuned!

As always, we invite you all to join the discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #WineWomenWords or by reaching out to Diana or myself directly.