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Happy Pi Day! 13 Sweet Books for Mathletes and Pie Lovers

Sarah Jane Abbott is an assistant editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.  She grew up having Nancy Drew books read to her by her father, and is now an avid reader of mystery, thriller, and horror, along with everything from literary fiction to poetry to personal essays.  She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing.  Sarah Jane is an advocate of quasi-destructive book love – her best-loved volumes are highlighted, scribbled in, dog-eared, and wavy from being dropped in the bath tub.  

Every year on March 14th, math lovers around the world celebrate Pi Day (3/14, get it?) by reciting the digits of pi, doing math activities, and eating pie. I’m no mathematician, but I can definitely get behind a holiday that involves delicious baked goods. In honor of the occasion, we’re cozying up with some dessert and reading these pi—and pie—related books.


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
Plucky 11-year-old aspiring chemist Flavia is both appalled and delighted when she discovers a dead man in a cucumber patch. Much to the police’s chagrin, she sets out to crack the case herself.

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
by Amy E. Reichert

When MJ Boudreaux took up poker to reignite her marriage with her gambler husband, she never expected to have a knack for it. As MJ’s newfound talent takes her deeper into the world of professional poker and further from her family, she must play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
When his ship sinks, 16-year-old Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, and his only companions are a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea.

American Pie: A Novel
by Michael Lee West

This witty and compassionate novel traces the lives of three very different sisters—one practical-minded, one neurotic, and one free-spirited—all united by a freak accident as they struggle to make peace with their past, the future, and their relationships with one another.


The Pigeon Pie Mystery
by Julia Stuart

When Indian Princess Mink is left penniless after her father’s death, Queen Victoria grants her a home in Hampton Court Palace. But when a reviled General-Major dies after eating a pie made by Mink’s faithful servant Pooki, Mink must begin an investigation to clear her servant’s name—but in the process, she discovers that Hampton Court isn’t what it seems.


Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie
by Beth M. Howard

When 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 in this memoir of hope, healing, and finding joy after tragedy.


The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book
by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen
Just in case you're inspired to get out your rolling pin, Melissa and Emily Elsen, the twentysomething sisters who are the proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds, have put together a stunning pie-making book. It features more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, and includes unique and mouthwatering creations such as Salted Caramel Apple, Green Chili Chocolate, Black Currant Lemon Chiffon, and Salty Honey.

Plum Deadly
by Ellie Grant

In this cozy mystery, a young woman is framed by her boss for embezzlement and flees to her aunt’s pie shop. But when her ex-boss turns up dead on their doorstep, she must start her own investigation to find the killer—before he finds her.


Some Days There's Pie
by Catherine Landis

Ruth thinks she has found her ticket out of Tennessee by eloping with a stereo salesman, but soon he “gets religion,” and Ruth leaves. When she faints in a North Carolina five-and-dime, a feisty elderly reporter named Rose rescues her, beginning a friendship stronger than family ties.


Pie Town
by Lynne Hinton

The first in a series centered around the inhabitants of a small New Mexico town once renowned for its homemade desserts, PIE TOWN is the touching and funny tale about the unexpected changes a sleepy little southwestern community undergoes following the arrival of a well-meaning but woefully unprepared priest and a young hitchhiker who looks like big trouble.


Pigeon Pie
by Nancy Mitford

When the highly imaginative Lady Sophia Garfield discovers a nest of very real German spies in her home, nobody believes her. With her maid murdered and her beloved bulldog held hostage, she sets out alone to gain proof and, with time out for tea at the Ritz, save Britain.


American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza
by Peter Reinhart

In this book, master bread baker Peter Reinhart travels to Italy and back to the US, capturing the stories behind the greatest artisanal pizzas of the Old World and the New. Returning to the kitchen, Reinhart gives a master class on pizza-making techniques and provides more than 60 recipes for doughs, sauces and toppings, and the pizzas that bring them all together.


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