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: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie introduces a superb writer who used America’s quintessential comfort food—pie—to heal her heart, reconnect with people and find her way back after suffering a devastating loss. When journalist Beth Howard’s young husband dies suddenly, she packs up the RV he left behind and hits the American highways. At every stop along the way—be it shooting a pie documentary or handing out free slices on the streets of Los Angeles, Beth uses pie as a way to reach out and find purpose. Ultimately, Howard returns to her Iowa roots and creates the perfect synergy between two of America’s biggest icons—pie and the American Gothic House, the little white farmhouse immortalized in Grant Wood’s famous painting, where she now lives. During the summer, she runs the Pitchfork Pie Stand, which bears her living motto to “pie it forward” because she believes pie heals and makes the world a better place. Making Piece powerfully shows how one courageous woman uses the simple act of giving to others to triumph over tragedy. It tells of the role of fate, second chances and the strength found in community.
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