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"In 2005, 20-something Canadian Borel and her 60-something French-born hotelier father set out by car on a days-long French wine 'safari.' Borel, who works at the Canadian Broadcasting Company, desired a deeper connection to her father, but was also seeking escape from both the aftermath of a recent breakup and slightly older memories of a fatal car accident for which she bore responsibility. The trip's early stages were strained by travel sickness and father-daughter bickering, and as the abundantly detailed tour improved and progressed, the shadow of her father and his mortality fell ever sharper, if sometimes self-consciously. Borel's father emerges as a storytelling curmudgeon with a penchant for public humiliations who instinctively retreats into inappropriate humor; the narrator, meanwhile, comes across as emotional if not downright maudlin, and candid if not completely narcissistic. She lacks her father's knowledge of wine, a shortfall she covers with seemingly childish behavior. But then her wine-tasting experiences lead Borel to genuine breakthroughs, making her more confident and, in effect, bringing her relationship with her father to a breaking point. The narrative ends in a reconciliation that, like the whole book, is refreshingly unsentimental, grounded, perhaps to an extreme, in flashes of candor and humor." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Meet Kathryn Borel, bon vivant and undutiful daughter. Now meet her father, Philippe, former chef, eccentric genius, and wine aficionado extraordinaire. Kathryn is like her father in every way but one: she's totally ignorant when it comes to wine. And although Philippe has devoted untold parenting hours to delivering impassioned oenological orations, she has managed to remain unenlightened. But after an accident and a death, Kathryn realizes that by shutting herself off to her father's greatest passion, she will never really know him. Accordingly, she proposes a drunken father-daughter road trip. Corked is the uncensored account of their tour through the great wine regions of France. Uproarious, poignant, painfully introspective, and filled with cunning little details about wine, this is a book for any reader who has sought a connection with a complex family member or wanted to overcome the paralyzing terror of being faced with a restaurant wine list.

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When Borel realizes that by shutting herself off to her father's greatest passion--wine--she will never really know him, she proposes a drunken father-daughter road trip. "Corked" is the uncensored account of their tour through the great wine regions of France.

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gaby317, May 14, 2010 (view all comments by gaby317)
I was excited to read Corked largely because of the father-daughter story behind the book. It was interesting to read about this family of gourmets and wine aficionados. I think that someone more knowledgeable about wines and vineyards would have gotten much more out of the book. I personally found Philippe to be such an unsympathetic character and poor father that it diminished my enjoyment of their journey. Instead of chuckling at Phillipe's selfishness and petty whims, I found myself wanting to skim over the passages where he appeared. If you can muster sympathy for Philppe and Kathryn Borel, then in reading Corked, you will uncover a story of love, friendship and family.

ISBN-10: 0446409502 - Hardcover
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 16, 2010), 272 pages.
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Vicki Newell, March 18, 2010 (view all comments by Vicki Newell)
I wanted to read this book because it is about a father and daughter taking a trip together, plus it was supposed to be very funny. I thought I was going to love it. I didn't! The only reason I finished it was because it was given to me for review. First of all, the father and daughter weren't like any other father and daughter I've ever seen or read about. Some of the topics of conversation between these two were nothing I would EVER talk to my father about. They were rude and crude and they didn't seem to show the other much affection. I do applaud the author for telling it like it is(was), but to me, there was just TMI about things I'd rather not have read about.

*I received this book for review from Hachett Book Group*
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446409506
Author:
Borel, Kathryn
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
France Description and travel.
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
8.48x6.36x1.00 in. .83 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 2005, 20-something Canadian Borel and her 60-something French-born hotelier father set out by car on a days-long French wine 'safari.' Borel, who works at the Canadian Broadcasting Company, desired a deeper connection to her father, but was also seeking escape from both the aftermath of a recent breakup and slightly older memories of a fatal car accident for which she bore responsibility. The trip's early stages were strained by travel sickness and father-daughter bickering, and as the abundantly detailed tour improved and progressed, the shadow of her father and his mortality fell ever sharper, if sometimes self-consciously. Borel's father emerges as a storytelling curmudgeon with a penchant for public humiliations who instinctively retreats into inappropriate humor; the narrator, meanwhile, comes across as emotional if not downright maudlin, and candid if not completely narcissistic. She lacks her father's knowledge of wine, a shortfall she covers with seemingly childish behavior. But then her wine-tasting experiences lead Borel to genuine breakthroughs, making her more confident and, in effect, bringing her relationship with her father to a breaking point. The narrative ends in a reconciliation that, like the whole book, is refreshingly unsentimental, grounded, perhaps to an extreme, in flashes of candor and humor." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Meet Kathryn Borel, bon vivant and undutiful daughter. Now meet her father, Philippe, former chef, eccentric genius, and wine aficionado extraordinaire. Kathryn is like her father in every way but one: she's totally ignorant when it comes to wine. And although Philippe has devoted untold parenting hours to delivering impassioned oenological orations, she has managed to remain unenlightened. But after an accident and a death, Kathryn realizes that by shutting herself off to her father's greatest passion, she will never really know him. Accordingly, she proposes a drunken father-daughter road trip. Corked is the uncensored account of their tour through the great wine regions of France. Uproarious, poignant, painfully introspective, and filled with cunning little details about wine, this is a book for any reader who has sought a connection with a complex family member or wanted to overcome the paralyzing terror of being faced with a restaurant wine list.
"Synopsis" by , When Borel realizes that by shutting herself off to her father's greatest passion--wine--she will never really know him, she proposes a drunken father-daughter road trip. "Corked" is the uncensored account of their tour through the great wine regions of France.
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