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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: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,806,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the toughest projects I have ever undertaken because I seldom read and never review autobiographies. But I made a promise and I keep promises. It was almost surreal reading this book because I really felt like I was intruding on someones life I had no business to intrude on. I still feel that way. But then Carol would not have put it all out there if she did not want us to, right? A totally fascinating and riveting story. It's her life after all. Everyone has one and Carol had the courage and desire to share it with everyone and so eloquently at that. I hope life is a lot gentler and kinder to her now...but then again maybe an Evidence 2 is in the works. Bravo !
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Carol Piner’s Evidence of Insanity tells the drama of a young girl and her siblings growing up in a very compromised, often pathetic, home environment. It’s honest, transparent and real. It takes courage to peal away the layers and reveal one’s story when it isn’t pretty.

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.
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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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Heartbreaking, heartwarming, heart-searching, this is a tale of survival through a dysfunctional childhood and an almost inevitably fraught adulthood strewn with relationships that sometimes worked and often didn’t. There is “evidence of insanity” but also of sanity in the face of odds that could easily have crushed anyone less indomitable.
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.
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Once I got through the first few chapters, this was a fairly enjoyable book. It was a bit too quirky and off the wall for me, hence the 3rd star, as I am aware this book just isn't to my taste. I had incredible problems with believing she heard and remembered things while she was still a fetus in the womb.
It seems she has found a large audience of people who have enjoyed this book, and clearly I do not fit into that category.
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