- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
- Audible.com Release Date: April 1, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007QIBFZ8
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Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie Audible – Unabridged
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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.
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.
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 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed very much, she became real and was impressed with how open she was! Made me bake and make pies for sure.Published 11 days ago by mayspat
I loved parts of this book, I loved her descriptions of guilt and how it is useful for some things, it does not need to hang around too long. Read morePublished 1 month ago by grullablonde
My late mother taught me how to make pie when I was little, and so the idea of the book resonated with me. I think the writing was just ok.Published 2 months ago by Iwearsauconys
Being from Ottumwa, Iowa, myself. I may be a little prejudiced, but I found this book to be extremely well-written and a wonderful read! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jill G.
A real good memoir. Travel, home and pie. Nicely done. Great writing style.Published 9 months ago by corey
Wasn't quite what I wanted in the book but I might read it one day.Published 13 months ago by Melinda R. Moeller