Making Piece: a Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie
When journalist Beth M. Howard's young husband dies suddenly, she packs up t ...more
Author/journalist/piebaker Beth Howard shares a touching story of love lost, surviving grief after her husband's death, and the risks she took to continue living a life she was at first not certain she wanted to live. By taking a fork in the road, taking risks, and putting her faith in community, friendship and pie she survived and shares her journey in this book. Now living in the American Gothic House in Eldon,Iowa and running the Pitchfork Pie St ...more
My favorite line was: 'you are like a trapeze artist. You have to let go of one swing in order to grab the next one. There is that moment of being airborne in between when you are holding on ...more
It is in this house, a tourist attraction, that she bakes pies for her Pitchfork Pie stand, writes her blog: http://theworldneedsmorepie.com and has come to terms with the devastating, sudden loss of her husband.
While I wanted a ‘fun’ read this summ ...more
Some people will pick up this book and gain strength from Beth's survival after the loss of her husband. Other's will pick up this book and identify with the healing power of food. I picked up this book, that I didn't even know was set partially in Iowa, and got a piece of "home" when I needed it the most. I haven't been "home" since Thanksgiving and my homesickness has reached an all new level. To paraphrase, the author talks about crossing the Missouri r ...more
That being said, I could not get into this book. I could not relate to the author at all. Opening the book with her complaints about her marriage did not appeal her to me. I was sad that her husband died, but her ways of dealing with the problems of her marriage (asking for a divorce even though it was the last thing she wanted, just to get his attention) were immature. I just couldn't connect with this woman. Call me ol ...more
I bought this book for my dad. Not because I thought he would like it, never in five hundred years would I have picked out a pie memoir as a gift for him. I got it for him because, in a round about way, he requested it. I was at the bookstore one afternoon with my mom and she said he had scribbled the title on a piece of paper that she was about to toss out. When she asked him about it, he simply said, "It's a book I want to read."
The bookstore didn't have the book. My mom doesn't do as much on ...more
She tries to do a ...more
In Making Piece, Beth Howard begins by describing a banana cream pie her mother made that prompted Beth’s father to propose. She follows in her mother’s footsteps, and bakes an apple pie for the man she eventually marries.
From that point on, the book turns into a memoir of loss. When Beth’s husband dies suddenly, she is adrift and awash with grief. She turns to her love of baking pies as a means to work her way through the terrible aftermath of her husband’s death. At the urging of a friend, h ...more
I have a constant love affair with dessert, and pie just so happens to be one of my favorites. There’s something about a crumbly crust, perfectly mushy apples and the sweet scent of cinnamon that gets to me every time (obviously, my favorite is apple pie). So, I love a good pie. I also love a good memoir. And that is basically the reason why I picked out Making Piece as one of the books I wanted to read recently.
It seems ironic for me to say that I ...more
When I first saw this book on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. Food. Memoir. Yes, please! And I was not disappointed.
Beth's story is like pie. Specifically, strawberry-rhubarb.
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.
I was crying within the first t ...more
by Beth M. Howard
Pub Date: March 27, 2012
When Beth Howard's estranged husband Marcus died suddenly, her world was turned upside down. The undeserved guilt that she felt was overwhelming. So, she did what she knew how to do. She baked pies. She packed up the RV that Marcus had bought hoping to make road trips and hit the road trying to assuage her grief while teaching pie baking.
This b ...more
Pie is almost a spiritual enterprise for her, and ...more
Usually I do not read memoirs/biographies/autobiographies because I just cannot get into them at all. But this one was the complete opposite. It had me hooked from the first page.
Beth talks a lot about how pie has always had a significant role in her family since that's the first thing her mother made for her father. What I really enjoyed about this book, though, i...more