In the Studio: Beth M. Howard, author of Making Piece - A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie

  • Wed
    Mar 28
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Mar 30
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Beth M. Howard"If only there was a prosthetic for grief."

Beth Howard serves up some pieces of her life in the KRUU studio Wednesday night.   She'll read from and discuss her new book, Making Piece-A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie.

Beth's writing style is very direct, sometimes raw, and emotionally grabbing.  It's a riveting read of her intimate journey springing from a short, life-changing, telephone call. The call was from a medical examiner who told her, "Your husband is deceased."  This stark sentence  delivered in a "serious, official, no emotion, detached" manner leads her on a rollercoaster ride of self-discovery.

Making Piece by Beth M. HowardPie,  that revered baked good so ingrained in American food culture, was a major character in Beth's life even before her conception.  Now, it becomes the central vehicle for all the events that unfold as she is confronted with shock, grief, and the lack of closure in her marriage.  Pie is the lynchpin that eventually helps her transcend the bonds of personal anguish, and embrace a desire to spread a message of piece/peace.  Through counseling, the ever-present attention of close friends, and serendipitous Iowa connections, she learns that "Pie is about sharing.  Pie is not political." and "Pie can make the world a better place."   

If you are in the neighborhood, come by the studio and spend the hour with us.  You might even get a slice of pie.  THIS JUST IN:  WE'LL BE GIVING AWAY AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF BETH'S BOOK DURING THE SHOW.

Beth, who is originally from Ottumwa, currently lives in the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa.  You can read more about her on her website, follow her on Twitter, or become a friend on Facebook.