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Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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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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I actually thought Ms. Howard's book got better as it went along. At first I was a bit confused over the level of grief she writes about since it was she who initiated the divorce. Outside of her husband being a work-a-holic and out of the country for long periods of time they seemed to be well-paired in Ms. Howard's description of the relationship.
About mid-way the book picked up and I related to how Ms. Howard was dealing with her grief via her many adventures while traveling. I really enjoyed the last few chapters and she leaves readers with a satisfactory ending.
I recommend this book to anyone traveling or lucky enough to have some quiet time to read. You will especially love the recipes at the back of the book for pies of all sorts!!!!!!
After the last page, I wanted to really taste that banana cream pie, walk with the dogs in the soybean field, and hug closer the people in my life. Beth taps into raw emotions of loss with words. She uses those words to emerge stronger on the other side of grief. Victorious in picking up the pieces and baking a pie! It is a read that will leave you hopeful.
It would be a worthwhile book for a group study, too, and great for gift giving. It is indeed an inspirational prose selection to pass on to friends across the country. A must-read......loved it and am looking forward to her next story. (In the meantime, I'm thinking what a great movie this would make!!!)