Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is a guided tour through a Tilt-A-Whirl life that takes so many turns that you may find yourself looking up from the pages and wondering how the hell one person managed to fit them all into 40-odd years. And many of them are odd years indeed. From a rootless, abusive childhood and mental illness through serious and successful careers in music and art, much of which were achieved while being involved in a notoriously destructive mind-control cult. Carol Es presents her story straight up. No padding, no parachute, no dancing around the hard stuff. Through the darkness, she somehow finds a glimmer of light by looking the big bad wolf straight in the eye, and it is liberating. When you dare to deal with truth, you are free. Free to find the humor that is just underneath everything and the joy that comes with taking the bumpy ride. Illustrated with original sketches throughout, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is not just another survivor's tale, it’s a creative perspective through moments of vulnerability where the most raw and intimate revelations are laid bare. As an artist and a woman finding self-worth, it’s truly a courageous, relatable story that will keep you engaged to the very end. Carol Es has earned many awards and honors including a Pollock-Krasner and the Wynn Newhouse award. Her work can be found in the Getty Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. As a musician, she’s worked with many bands, recorded with Rickie Lee Jones, and has toured North America. For more info about her work, visit: esart.com.
"...acerbic, warm, and funny.
"A captivating account filled with sharp perspectives on mental illness, childhood trauma, Scientology, and art."