Pages: 372 p.
Dimensions: 9 x 6 in.
Cover: Hardcover and Paperback
Edition: Commercially printed
Hardcover Price: $29.99
Paperback Price: $19.99
Published by Desert Dog Books, this memoir authored by Los Angeles artist and musician, Carol Es is being offered by both the publisher and on Amazon.
Having grown up with a mentally abusive, her family life was incredibly unstable. Carol lived through the undermining betrayal that many kids sadly endure: sexual abuse. At just fourteen, she fled from her chaotic family life only to find herself trapped in the Church of Scientology for two decades, where she would deny and neglect her mental illness in order to stay true to the doctrine of L. Ron Hubbard and his belief that the psychiatric field was an evil hoax.
Despite her circumstances, Carol stayed committed to her artistic endeavors. One of the first female drummers to attend the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, she went on to work with noted producers, recorded with Rickie Lee Jones, and toured North America in a rock band made up of Scientologists.
Illustrated with original sketches throughout, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is not just another survivor's tale about overcoming life's horrors and coming out victorious. It's a courageous, relatable story about doing what you can with what you've got, no matter how broken your tools might have been in the first place. Gaining the ability to identify growth from experience is the true victory. Because sometimes learning, relearning, and coming out okay is triumph enough.
Carol Es has earned many honors during her career in the arts, including the Pollock-Krasner and Wynn Newhouse awards. Her work can be found in MOMA, the Getty Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has written for the Huffington Post, Whitehot Magazine, and Coagula Art Journal and been published with Bottle of Smoke Press, Islands Fold, Chance Press. Awarded grants from the National Arts and Disability Center and Asylum Arts for writing, she also won the Bruce Geller Memorial Award "WORD" grant from the American Jewish University in 2019. She now lives and works in Joshua Tree.