Making Piece

Making Piece

A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie

Book - 2012
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"You will find my story is a lot like pie, a strawberry-rhubarb pie. It's bitter. It's messy. It's got some sweetness, too. Sometimes the ingredients get added in the wrong order, but it has substance, it will warm your insides, and even though it isn't perfect, it still turns out okay in the end."

When journalist Beth M. Howard's young husband dies suddenly, she packs up the RV he left behind and hits the American highways. At every stop along the way--whether filming a documentary or handing out free slices on the streets of Los Angeles--Beth uses pie as a way to find purpose. Howard eventually returns to her Iowa roots and creates the perfect synergy between two of America's greatest icons--pie and the American Gothic House, the little farmhouse immortalized in Grant Wood's famous painting, where she now lives and runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand.

Making Piece powerfully shows how one courageous woman triumphs over tragedy. This beautifully written memoir is, ultimately, about hope. It's about the journey of healing and recovery, of facing fears, finding meaning in life again, and moving forward with purpose and, eventually, joy. It's about the nourishment of the heart and soul that comes from the simple act of giving to others, like baking a homemade pie and sharing it with someone whose pain is even greater than your own. And it tells of the role of fate, second chances and the strength found in community.

Publisher: New York : Harlequin, c2012
ISBN: 9780373892570
Branch Call Number: 664.752 HOW 2012 23
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 19, 2014

I didn't like this book when I started it as I felt she trying to hard to get us to read the book. Beth's husband loses her husband suddenly and this is her story of how she used baking pies to help her grief and guilt. There is helpful advise on how to overcome grief, but you have to overlook her marriage problems to find the help.

dhanshaw123 Aug 09, 2012

I could not even finish this book. I was so disinterested in someone basically feeling sorry for herself on every page I had to stop reading.

Jul 21, 2012

Fabulous. Great account of dealing with tragedy and moving on. Inspired me to make a pie!

Jul 08, 2012

Interesting and enjoyable.

Jul 02, 2012

OK book. I found the main character difficult to relate to.

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