Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley

Special Lettered Limited Edition, 2019.

Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is the first major nonfiction work by Carol Es. This edition of the memoir is limited to 30 copies only: 26 are lettered A to Z, there is one Artist's Proof, a Publisher's copy, a Bon a' tirer (unsigned), and a Hors de Commerce (unsigned). The rest are signed by the author. Only the lettered copies are available for sale.

Each book is printed on 60# Accent warm white paper and hardbound in premium starched linen and the title is stamped in red foil on the spine. It is protected in a special-designed dust jacket. Every copy includes an original colored pencil drawing on the first page, plus a loose, 5 x 8-inch watercolor painting on #140 paper (suitable for framing). Each of these paintings are completely unique to every book. The set also comes with an old-skool cassette mix tape with Carol's favorite radio picks of the 1970s and 1980s, and each cassette cover has a vintage, 80s unicorn (or Pegasus) sticker on the cover.

This 370-page book addresses some hard subject matter about the early life of Carol Es and includes some triggering material, such as childhood sexual abuse, incest, psychological abuse, and rape. Carol writes about her 20 years as a member of Scientology, her life as an artist and a musician, and her difficulty in leaving the cult. Her healing adventures and experiences are inspiring. Though sometimes disturbing, yet darkly humorous, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley is definitely an entertaining read.

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