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Making Piece

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Description

When journalist Beth Howard's husband dies suddenly, she packs up his RV 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. She eventually returns to her Iowa roots and creates the perfect synergy between two great American icons—pie and the American Gothic House, where she now lives and runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand.
This beautifully written memoir is shows how one courageous woman triumphs over tragedy and is, ultimately, about hope. It's about the journey of healing and recovery, of facing fears, finding meaning in life, and moving forward with purpose and joy. It's about the nourishment of the heart and soul that comes from the simple act of giving, like baking a 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 27, 2012 – A fateful, sorrowful trajectory takes Los Angeles journalist turned pie maker Howard from an erratic, far-flung career back to her origins in Iowa, which just happens to be the pie-baking capital of the country. Married for six years to Marcus, a German automotive executive, though separated from him in 2009, contemplating divorce and living far apart, Howard learns that her 43-year-old husband has died suddenly in Germany of a ruptured aorta, stemming from a congenital condition not deemed problematic. The news plunges Howard into a period of down-spiraling guilt and self-examination, and she drifts back to Portland, where they once lived together, to indulge her grief and anger, before casting back to her therapeutic pie-making days at Mary s Kitchen in Malibu. With the help of her friend Janine, a TV producer, she takes her pie-making skills on the road, specifically in Marcus s beloved RV called the Beast. Team Pie travels from town to town shooting a pie documentary (also a potential TV pilot), interviewing bakers at legendary diners from San Francisco to L.A., and giving out free pie on National Pie Day in downtown L.A. Howard s long-winding, occasionally tedious, and forcibly pie-trope-heavy journey finally deposits her serendipitously at the American Gothic House, in Eldon, Iowa, made famous by painter Grant Wood. Here she reigns as America s Pie Lady, rendered in one unique, crazy-quilt, truly American tale of reinvention.

Customer Reviews

Pie & Pain

Beth writes from her heart and that trait drives her narrative. Her grief and pain are as palpable as the pies she bakes, and you can practically smell the apples baking through each page.

Grief, and its journey of healing, are as foreign to many of us as is the notion of baking anything from scratch. Not only does Beth so beautifully and candidly share the intimate details of her journey, she does so while celebrating the potential within each of us to create something worth sharing.

Making Piece
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 01, 2012
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Seller: Harlequin Sales Corporation
  • Print Length: 250 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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