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"Beth Howard describes with warmth and wit how the bitter events in life are set off by the sweet ones-much like the ingredients of a good recipe. Making Piece is a moving account of love and loss." -- Jeanette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle

About the Author

Beth M. Howard has been a journalist for more than 20 years, specializing in personality profiles, adventure travel and outdoor sports. In 2001, she quit a lucrative web-producing job to bake pies at a gourmet deli in Malibu, California. She started her popular blog, The World Needs More Pie, in 2007, and it has been featured in publications worldwide. She lives in Eldon, Iowa. Visit her at TheWorldNeedsMorePie.com.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Full Disclosure: I know Beth Howard. That's why I read her book. Actually, I read it out loud to my wife.

What makes this tome so engaging is it's honesty. Beth is a no-nonsense type of woman. She put her story on these pages as she lived it-very emotional, lots of raw edges, no holding back. This gritty style of writing gives the reader permission to feel the loss, anger, desperation, sadness, and love that she describes in her memoir. Her non-linear telling of this intense journey along with other life happenings keep the reader engrossed. The back story provides some needed breaks from the emotional ups and downs directly related to her husband's death and Beth's grieving process.

The book forced me to reexamine many aspects of my life as it places the fragility of our existence directly in our sights. From that angle, it's a masterful example of the self-help genre without any preaching. At its essence, it's an intimate look at life through Beth's eyes; eyes that reflect an intelligent, creative, caring person dealing with a situation all-too familiar to many. We empathize with her, exult in her progress, and its all done with pie as the backdrop.
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Format: Kindle Edition
When I first saw this book, 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 thirty pages. Beth writes herself so well that I felt as if her words were my own. When her heart broke, mine broke right with her.

When she began to rebuild her life, my heart rejoiced with hers.

"All I had to do was look around the room to see that you can lose your loved ones and still have fun, and not live like your heart is caged behind bars."

Beth's journey was full of pain, sorrow, humor, kindness, and pie. Lots and lots of pie. I am inspired to bake pie - and lucky for me, there are recipes in the back of the book! I'm going to start with the Banana Cream Pie and then make the French Silk Pie (and according to Beth, this recipe is better than sex!).

Bottom line - this is a memoir everyone should read.
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Just as she fashions pie crust with her bare hands, Beth M. Howard has fashioned a memoir that is filled with warmth, sincerity of emotion and honest humor. I truly enjoyed reading this book and found it difficult to put down as I journeyed through the vivid descriptions of Ms. Howard's love affair with pie and her late husband Marcus. She captured the complexity of human emotions that exists in any marriage, and honestly shared the stresses that cultural differences, careers, and distance can place on a marriage no matter how much love is there. All of this is folded into her love of pie and how it has been her guide, companion and teacher in life. I highly recommend this book, with one warning: when you finish reading it, you WILL want to bake a pie!
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Format: Hardcover
MAKING PIECE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, LOSS, AND PIE
by Beth M. Howard

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: HarlequinNonfiction

Pub Date: March 27, 2012

ISBN: 9780373892570

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 book tells the story of Beth Howard's overwhelming grief over the loss of her husband. The reader is along for the journey from the notification over the phone to the realization that his death was not her fault, and that the healing process was taking place. The underlying message of the book, for me at least, was that grief really is a natural part of life, and a process that takes time. Baking pies, sharing pies, and teaching people to bake them was her way of healing. The author writes so honestly of her grief that the reader can't help but share in that grief. At times, her grief is so strong that it pulls you in until you can't help but grieve with her. It is a very personal journal of loss, grief, and healing. But by the end of the book I couldn't help but feel as though I had made the journey with her.

And on a lighter note, I am CRAVING pie. I can't stop thinking about apple pie, peach pie, cherry pie, .............I can't speak for the rest of the world, but I need more pie.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Netgalley [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.
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I enjoyed this book very much even though it was hard to completely understand how a woman who decided to divorce her husband would be so completely devastated when her soon to be ex suddenly dies. I saw the author on the CBS morning show and thought she was an interesting person. The book proved me right, she is more than interesting. I love to make pies too and I for sure will be trying out her recipes. This woman has a lot of courage and I hope she finds love again.
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