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Beth Howard - Talk & Book Signing

  • American Gothic House 300 American Gothic St. Eldon, Iowa (map)
The new cover for the second edition of  Making Piece .

The new cover for the second edition of Making Piece.

Join us inside the American Gothic House for a special event with author, and former Gothic House resident, Beth M. Howard (a.k.a. “the Pie Lady”). This event is to celebrate the release of the paperback, second-edition of her acclaimed memoir, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie.

Beth will be giving a talk about her book, as well as about her time living in the American Gothic House, and what she’s been up to since she moved out!

After her talk, Beth will be signing books, and pie will be served!

Copies of Making Piece will be available for purchase from the American Gothic House Center on the day of the event.

More information about Beth, her books, and her adventures can be found at either, or at

About this latest edition of Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie -

Originally published in hardcover in 2012, by Harlequin Nonfiction, Making Piece was named “one of the best non-cookbook food books of 2012” by Serious Eats and “one of the best books of 2012” by San Francisco Book Review. Publishers Weekly called it, “One unique, crazy-quilt, truly American tale of reinvention.”

Howard’s story chronicles her journey through grief after the sudden and unexpected death of her 43-year-old husband, Marcus. She bakes her way across the country, making and sharing pie with others along the way, landing in her native Iowa, where she takes up residence in the American Gothic House, the house from Grant Wood’s masterpiece painting. It’s a brutally honest story of hope and healing, one that will leave you feeling uplifted and hungry for a slice of pie.

The paperback comes with a new cover, one that Howard got to design. “This is the cover I always imagined,” Howard says. “I made the pie and it’s really messy; it’s missing a piece and the filling is oozing out, so it really reflects the story.”

Earlier Event: September 14
House Open
Later Event: October 12
House Open