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Evidence of Insanity

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Evidence of Insanity is a book about a girl who started life with a squashed head. That was ok because it was a result of her Mama ramming her Daddy's car at the local Texaco station. I was still a fetus, hollering for Mama to "git him", cheering her on all the way.
Paperback, 1st, 312 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Authorhouse (first published March 2010)
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Carol Piner
Nov 06, 2014 Carol Piner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Susan Barton
Sep 05, 2014 Susan Barton rated it it was amazing
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 he
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Vonnie Faroqui
Feb 25, 2011 Vonnie Faroqui rated it it was amazing
Yee HA!

In an age when everything is whitewashed for political correctness or proclaimed as abusive then psychoanalyzed sagely by folk of privilege, Evidence of Insanity is an unapologetic, knock-down-drag-out hilarious romp through the author, Carol Piner’s, memory of life in Morehead, Carteret County, North Carolina and beyond. She begins by setting the scene of those early years in Morehead by sharing that, “Talk . . . was our biggest industry . . . Low down, dirty, mean mouth kind of talking.
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Jenny Kalahar
Nov 02, 2014 Jenny Kalahar rated it it was amazing
Reading Evidence of Insanity is an experience! This should be held up as one of the best examples of self-publishing and why it absolutely needs to exist. This book might never have been put out by one of the major publishers, but I'm not even upset about that. Undoubtedly they would have edited it to death and they certainly would have cut out its beating heart and stomped its throbbing, squalling soul dead flat. Because it was independently published this book is left raw and bleeding, intact ...more
Elle Klass
Aug 18, 2014 Elle Klass rated it really liked it
Evidence of Insanity is the perfect name for Carol Piner’s book. It is an autobiographical narrative that was more than hilarious and brutally honest. Growing up on the shores of North Carolina where there really isn’t much to do with a father who cheats and a mom who puts her foot down and refuses to take it. The divorce sends her mother spiraling into alcoholism and the children one by one packing up to live with dad and his new wife. She has a deep dislike for her father but the most respect ...more
Geraldine Evans
May 04, 2013 Geraldine Evans rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiographies
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 p
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Patrick Daniel
Sep 12, 2011 Patrick Daniel rated it it was amazing
'Evidence of Insanity' by Carol Piner is the raw and vivid life story about a Southern woman, from her childhood into her sixties. Although the occurrences in this book were based on actual events, there were many embellishments for 'added impact'. Nonetheless, it was very entertaining and easy to read.

From her colourful and incredibly dysfunctional family to all her trials and tribulations throughout her life, Carol's story-telling is honest and humorous. The artwork on the front cover (painted
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Karen Perkins
Jun 06, 2013 Karen Perkins rated it it was amazing
A very personal narrative, that reaches out to touch the reader with a brutally honest, powerful and unique voice from the start.
Evidence of Insanity is written in the stream-of-consciousness style – a brave choice in my opinion, as is starting the first person narrative from within the womb, yet Carol Piner makes it work, and work well.

I love to read a book that takes me to places I haven't been before, and Evidence of Insanity not only does that, but makes Carteret County almost tangible (even
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Robin Chambers
Nov 14, 2015 Robin Chambers rated it it was amazing
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 child
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Lacy Spenser
Dec 19, 2014 Lacy Spenser rated it it was amazing
Fireworks on the 4th of July have nothing on this book.....A story of intense love, hate, passion and deceit. The author is a master at picking you up and dropping you into a whirling storm of emotions. Just when you think things are calming down, here comes a tsunami!

Our hero....and she is one, is loving,brilliant, hardworking and surrounded by some of the biggest roadblocks that any human could pose. Friends you can kick to the curb when they steamroll over you (though her did keep making a re
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Benedict Martin
Nov 30, 2014 Benedict Martin rated it it was amazing
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 the pages a book. And boy, what a ride. The first section of the book is written from the point of view of a child. Those early years are all excitement and energy. It isn't necessarily pretty; Carol Piner's childhood was a difficult one, yet she manages to describe everything with such humor you'll find yourself ...more
Wolf Schimanski
Jan 20, 2016 Wolf Schimanski rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Margaret
Mar 22, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I liked the depth of the story and I appreciated the family pictures and personal stories. I am from the same area of NC and I could relate to this book first hand. It made me laugh, cry, and grit my teeth. The writing style is a little choppy but you get used to it and the storyline is well worth the adjustment. I highly recommend this especially to other Eastern North Carolinians.
Rebecca Reilly
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 is! And poignant, too! One sentence (of many) that hit me was, "I didn't get it when people only see one side of someone and work their damn hardest to make sure it's the wrong side." Keep writing, Carol!~
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Feb 25, 2011
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Nov 02, 2010
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May 07, 2011
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