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Evidence of Insanity Paperback – Book Download, March 3, 2011
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I do have to add that this book may appeal to a specific audience. I couldn’t embrace the “talking fetuses” or very raw language that didn’t enhance nor fit the book in my opinion. I perused some of the one-star and five-star reviews on Amazon for some guidance. This book didn’t connect for me, but think it will many others.
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.Read more ›
Callie derives her strength and values from her mother: using humour and anger to deal with often terrible circumstances, and freely admitting that such childhood experiences can turn you into an adrenalin junkie: getting high on fear, risk and potential/actual violent confrontation; but she is also acutely responsive to beauty and truth, and to virtues displayed more by her pets than by many of the deeply damaged human beings she has found herself dealing with along the way – herself included (she does at one point refer to herself as “a chaos magnet”).
Her mother was the major formative influence in her life. In spite of overwhelming odds, she taught her how to love, to dress, to have a strong moral sense and how to stand up for your damn self every time the world tries another of its many ways to crush your spirit and grind your face in the dirt. “Evidence of Insanity” is a testament to personal identity, heroic struggle, tremendous courage, and doing right by those you love the most.
Well written in a witty, free-flowing, anecdotal style, I found it a moving tribute both to Carol and to her mama, warts and all. I thoroughly recommend it. It will make you laugh, cry, smile, wonder, shake your head at times, and will help you get your own life into perspective.
It seems she has found a large audience of people who have enjoyed this book, and clearly I do not fit into that category.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worst book I've never read! It's full of LIES from a low-life, back-woods, ignorant wannabe who spends most of her time trying to create negative drama (think Jerry Springer) and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Page Meyer
Carol Piner wrote with such energy I found myself rushing to keep up with her thoughts! This stream of consciousness journey through a life of tragedy shouldn't be funny--but it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rebecca Reilly
From talking fetuses to glorifying domestic abuse, this book is just too stupid for me to finish.Published 12 months ago by Benny jameson
Wow. Where to begin? This book is a telling of a very colorful life, written in a folksy prose that will make you feel as though it is being told to you in person rather than from... Read morePublished 20 months ago by B. Martin
Carol Piner broke so many of my Cardinal rules in the writing of this book that my giving of a glowing review is remarkable. Ms. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Needham
Raw, rocking entertainment from beginning to end. Okay, it's not great literature, but how many books are - a fraction of one percent? However, it is one helluva story. Read morePublished 21 months ago by In Deep Trouble
Evidence of Insanity embarks into a life of Carol Piner. Every family is dysfunctional in one way or another, but the humorous way that Carol describes it makes it more interesting... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J Kahele
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... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Susan Barton, Reviewer