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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557386934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557386932
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fun and easy read, I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story.
Patrick Daniel, CA
Evidence of Insanity is a collection of sometimes humorous and sometimes tragic personal stories from Carol Piner's life.
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I seldom laugh or cry out loud from reading a book, but with Evidence of Insanity I did both and did them more than once.
Puerto Morelos Frank

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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Puerto Morelos Frank on May 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Being a native of Carteret County, NC, I initially purchased this book for a trip down memory lane but soon realized that I had stumbled upon a literary gem. Carol's story of her journey through life will touch every reader in some way. I seldom laugh or cry out loud from reading a book, but with Evidence of Insanity I did both and did them more than once. It take a special person to open their self up in a way that exposes their raw emotions and thoughts and Carol has proven she is just the person to do it. Great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thecoolmom on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
What a fun read! It was a story that told it like it was, no holes barred! The sense of humor in all that "insanity" was sometimes shocking, but side-splittingly funny. It also offered poignancy and reflecton. The old south from a real life perspective that is not usually told nor politically correct. I loved it! I also admire the author for surviving such an interesting, colorful family and for being truly an overcomer of adversity and yes, insanity as well! Go buy it today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wordlings on December 17, 2010
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From the very beginning of this book, you'll know you're in the hands of an interesting person. Not writerly -- you'll feel like you're with a friend, hearing her story directly from her own lips! A wonderfully vivid tale of ups and downs, good times and bad, rendered with verve, good humor and an indomitable and irrepressible attitude throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By holendwall on December 15, 2010
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A great book it touches your heart strings. It has you laughing your pants off at times and then it brings you to tears. This is Carol's story of growing up in one crazy family, alcoholic mother,a womanizing father and her brother and sister. It's one big dysfunctional family its hilarious at times and tragic also. Most family's are dysfunctional to a degree so it's easy to relate to Carol's story. I loved the book and the energy it brings forth this gal is a terrific and humorus story teller and touches on the insanity in all our lives. The unconditional love that carol has for her mother through her life is amazing. This is a must read book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DB on July 17, 2011
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Evidence of Insanity is an autobiographical gem. When you pick it up, you will find yourself somehow drawn across 62 years of the life of a truly remarkable women. She writes this life in testament ro the impact of her mother. The story is rich with truth and understanding of her condition and the conditions of the many many people who shared her life. Mostly we can see the ongoing theme of the love she had for the strength she saw in her mother even as a child and how she used that strength. She used the strength her mother gave her, in her own life, to conquer the multitude of life's challenges and enrich life's joys.

The story is filled, from her early childhood, until the time of her writing of Evidence, with a true authors expressions of self and the many stories of her own life. Because this book is so full of her life, the book has become a work of art, a painting. so to speak, of a lifetime of loving, struggling, fighting, hurting and laughing.

Not being from the south myself, made this history even more enriching. It teaches the reader the nuances of the life she had and lived. After reading this book I felt more like I had just lived another lifetime, than read a book. When I read a book, this experience is what I am looking for, so I am enriched.

Anyone who enjoys biographies or autobiographies or just the humor of life itself should ad this book to their kindle collection. I know I have with pleasure. Dr. Douglas Bentley, The Apprentice.
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