Just a Common Lady


Non-Fiction - Autobiography
364 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2009
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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.

Dr. Pirnot may be reached at her website:
www.drpirnotbooks.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

I was hooked from the moment I read the Prologue of Just a Common Lady. Karen Pirnot knows who she is and she is proud of it. She does not have to put on airs and pretend to be one of the elite. Pirnot cares more about others than herself. I would guess that she would be a great friend.

Pirnot is a retired Clinical Psychologist. I suspect her childhood influenced her choice of careers. She was very young when her mother died. She and her siblings were raised scattered between relatives. Their father was never able to cope with the loss of his beloved wife.

Pirnot’s life was not easy. Yet nowhere in her book does she sound self pitying. She remembers her roots. She cherishes her memories. Community and family are important to her. I enjoyed reading her story. Like her I am proud to be a common lady. We may be common ladies but we have what it takes to survive and to thrive.

This book is written in an easy to read and understand style. I felt as though we were old friends and she was sharing her story with me. She actually reminds me of a dear friend, Dr. Fran Davis. Davis has that same special something that is rare in this day. Their cup is half full and constantly refilling.