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About the Author

Carol Piner is a retired Realtor residing in Carteret County, NC. She has a multitude of interests which include a love of orchids. She has been growing orchids for over 25 years. Without the benefit of a greenhouse, she decided to convert a screen-in porch by adding a special plastic, a humidifier and a fan. This success produced an ability for her to grow as many as 250 orchids and 100 deck plants. In August 2008, without formal classes, she began to paint in oils and acrylics. By June 2009, she had eighteen canvases. Her work has been exhibited at the local History Place, Senior Citizen Center and Bogue Banks Library. In May 2010, she painted "Raven" which was to become the cover of her book. "Raven" has her mother's eyes. It is not for sale. She has completed forty two canvases which spanned Caribbean, coral, ladies on the beach and other beach scenes. With the economic slowdown and the consequent dip in real estate sales, she stopped painting to finish the book she had started years before. With the encouragement of several people in her office, especially Mrs Pauly Brown, wife of Lee Brown of Pine Knoll Shores, NC, she completed her book, Evidence of Insanity in June 2010 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com; First edition (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557386934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557386932
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,011,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the happy, energetic author of the hilarious and poignant Evidence of Insanity. It is a story written in the stream of consciousness style in Southern story telling format so expect to travel along with me like you are by my side. Strap yourself in, it is an in-your-face wild ride.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Carol Piner has lived quite an exciting life and has quite the story to tell. Her memoir is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. It affected me profoundly in positive ways. I now look at my life from a completely different perspective. This book made me realize how much we all have in common and yet how each life is a unique gift.

At first the book is startling with stories of domestic violence and a dysfunctional family life. I can guarantee you you have never read about a childhood as interesting as Carol's. She despises her father and worships her mother. You will instantly love her mother and even feel her pain as she loses her husband and becomes an alcoholic. As the story unfolds you will wonder if any woman could be strong enough to endure such tragedy. While this memoir is mostly about Carol, her mother plays a big part in her life and the decisions she makes. At one point the family is in total poverty and the children have to get creative about how to earn money. Carol turns out to be quite the little entrepreneur.

One of the unique aspects of this memoir is its ghost stories and Carol tells them well. She encounters four ghosts throughout her lifetime. There is one hilarious story where her father actually tries to shoot a ghost in a bathroom. Everyone in the family seems to see it and the story will make the hair on the back of your neck rise. Fortunately it is friendly, unlike the third and fourth ghost she discovers.

For most of the story, Carol seems to feed off chaos. She claims she is a disaster magnet and she has her full share of trouble. Men come and go from her life and she experiences the highs and lows love provides. She shares her home with many pets including a parrot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pauly Brown on December 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of working for Carol Piner while she was writing this memoir. She would bring the pages to me--chapter by chapter--and it was hard to wait for the next one! Carol is a gifted storyteller; she has always been able to make me laugh. I was sorry to have the book come to an end. Some books are like that. Pauly Brown
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By island on November 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Evidence of Insanity is filled with an inner world of inspiration and humor of someone who
stood in the doorway of uncertainty. A journey of a misguided soul down a path which
changes moment to moment and takes her to places of self awareness and emotion. Years
pass by, but the love for her mother stays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Elizabeth Barton - eBook Review Gal on September 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Derrick Jensen once said, "Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page." Carol Piner has taken this concept and run with it in her memoir, "Evidence of Insanity".

Right from the beginning of the book, where fetus Carol describes her low-down, philandering father and her spunky, no holds barred, pregnant mama duking it out at a local gas station I was hooked and ready for a wild ride. And what a ride it was! I was able to immerse myself completely in the lives of Carol, and her hardworking, struggling working-class Southern friends and family. I found myself reading long into the night while rooting for Carol to find herself some peace and happiness.

As a woman who has made some less than ideal choices in my own life, I could easily identify with some of the issues Carol faced over the decades. It takes guts to open your heart and expose your life so candidly for the entire world to see. Raised in a chaotic household, it seemed as though Ms. Piner was destined to continue living in chaos, particularly when it came to her intimate relationships - I truly got this and never once questioned her choices. Far be it for me to judge the decisions of anyone else. We all do the best we can with what we are handed.

Carol Piner's spunkiness bordered on snarky, but not quite. She's clearly a no-nonsense kinda gal. I would liked to have seen her come to her senses sooner with regards to some of the deadbeat men she seemed to attract, but again, I understood it. I found myself thinking, "I could definitely be friends with this woman!"

I'd like to see a re-edit and re-format done, as the typos and a few formatting issues were a tad jarring at times. However, I can truthfully say this did not get in the way of the true message of "Evidence of Insanity".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Evans on May 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Evidence of Insanity by Carol Piner is a zany, wildly unpredictable journey through a North Carolina girlhood. Hang on to your hats for a roller-coaster ride.

Shakespeare's "Love's Labours Lost" might be an apt description of this compelling tragi-comedy. Born to a couple who, although madly unsuited to parenthood, disregard the plentiful evidence and go on to add to their family at regular intervals, Carol and her many siblings, survive the rough and tumble of an upbringing marred by repeated paternal infidelity, by fights, lies, violence, drunkenness and regular visits from the police.

Unsurprisingly, she becomes a troubled woman, suspicious of the motives of others, wary and flirtatious, in turn, with men, who mostly let her down.

This poignant, sad, comic and often sensitively-told tale, reveals the strength of the human spirit through all the adversity life can throw at it. It is an astonishingly accomplished début that drew me in even when I felt like retreating from these shambolic lives. Read it and you'll see what I mean.
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