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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: #4,201,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thecoolmom on February 7, 2011
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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 Puerto Morelos Frank on May 16, 2011
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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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Imios Archangelis on June 27, 2011
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A witty autobiographic story about the life of North Carolina woman, from the earliest childhood to the sixties. The first-person narration is packed with Southern charm, keen observation and humor. A reader is introduced into the wild and colorful world that feels so real that there are almost no doubts about the authenticity of the author's experiences as an infant or the hilarious episodes with the house ghost. The fast changing flow of the events always keeps the reader involved and looking forward for more.

A serious and painful side of life, is presented as well, especially in the feelings of the lack of love from father's side that caused life-long difficulties to develop trust with men. The powerful energy and inspiration inherited from her beautiful and feisty mother however, charged the author with the potential to float above all the life troubles, never losing the presence of the spirit or the ability to see the funny side of the things. Readers would certainly often laugh hard due to an extraordinary capability of an author to extract the comical elements from many apparently serious scenes. However, this is also a woman who doesn't stand injustice, but fights back with elegance, wit and purity that gains the respect from anybody who meet her, even the police officers.

The impeccable spirit of the author and her mother, forged through their hard work, courage, patience and dignity, brings to the reader a rare, living role model. I would highly recommend this book as an delightful source of good entertainment and inspiration.
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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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