Eating Through the Earth

Fiction - General
394 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2013
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Author Biography

Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is a Clinical Psychologist and author. She writes family-friendly books for those from ages two to one hundred and two. She has won multiple awards from Readers Favorite and her books are used at schools, colleges and libraries across the nation.

Dr. Pirnot's book AS I AM was co-authored by Garret Frey, a former patient who struggled to obtain a free public education as a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent child. He fought through the courts, a battle which ended up before the judges of the US Supreme Court. The judgment in the case is now a hallmark decision affecting thousands of handicapped children across the nation. The 5 book, mid-grade series called Ordinary Kids features various special needs people (children and adults) in everyday situations.

Tapping into her work as a psychologist, Dr. Pirnot puts her characters into realistic but difficult situations and then allows them to dig their way through to successful results. This approach allows both child and adult characters to feel a sense of efficacy in their own abilities.

The autobiography Just A Common Lady details Dr. Pirnot's own struggles as a child. Her mother died at a young age, leaving Dr. Pirnot and her siblings in the care of various family members for years. The lessons she learned from these caretakers undoubtedly influenced her multivariate approach as a practicing psychologist.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Bernadette Ventrillos for Readers' Favorite

“Eating through the Earth” by Karen Pirnot is a book for all women. She has taken the attributes of several of her precious friends and combined them to create some of the most memorable characters you will ever meet. Every reader will catch a glimpse of their self somewhere in these characters. Stelby’s life had revolved around her husband and children; after he passed away life went on in much the same fashion until one of her daughters gave her a gift certificate to a spa. That was a life changing day. Stelby returned home with a renewed spirit; after all those years she had discovered her niche. She and several other women turn her basement into a meeting place. They discovered there was little they could not do, from finishing dry wall to patching concrete. They found something that had been hidden in the basement; it was never meant to be found. The women bloomed as their friendship strengthened.

“Eating through the Earth” by Dr. Karen Pirnot will touch the hearts of many. This is a book on the importance of knowing your own self-worth; it is a book about friendship. Stelby was my favorite character; she was awakened by a trip to the spa, such a simple event and yet an important one. Once Stelby got something in her mind, there was no stopping her. No project was too big. Cheryl wanted someone to love her and someone to love. Clarice felt guilt and went through life trying to be perfect. The other characters too have equally important attributes. When they worked together they were unstoppable.