Enthusiastic praise for Carole Estrup's Work
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BAREFOOT GIRL OUT OF OHIO:
A memoir of survival and overcoming
iiiii Upsetting Book November 7, 2007
By H. Smoot (CA) -
I have known Carole Estrup, the author, for
about 10 years and have always
considered her a gracious, extremely talented
woman. It was difficult for me
to read this autobiography because in it she
revealed what no child should have to undergo.
I told her I would have liked to have
"shot her parents". It is amazing that she suffered
so much at their hands and survived
to become the wonderful artist that she is today.
Carole is not only a talented artist
but is also a fascinating writer. If
you can handle the early sections of the book,
in which she describes her abuse as a
young child- you too will be absorbed in the
telling of her life's story.
"I have been captivated by your book, awed by your
writing ability, and amazed that you have survived all
you have!" ANN RULE, bestselling author, lecturer
iiiii by Midwest Book Review
A profound and inspirational story of the struggle
to overcome a legacy of personal suffering.
October 7, 2007
Barefoot Girl Out of Ohio: A Memoir of
Survival and Overcoming is the true-life memoir
of a woman who suffered terrible, long-lasting scars
from the physical and sexual abuse she endured while
growing up during the Great Depression.
Betrayed by the relatives that should have
protected her - parents, grandparents, and uncle
- she turned to art and music to survive.
Though she struggled to escape her nightmare existence,
the wounds inflicted on her drew her on a self-destructive
path. One marriage an abusive artist
led to mental collapse and divorce; another
marriage to a sadistic cult leader ended only after
he threatened to kill her and her children.
At last she found a steadfast husband, but the trauma
she had coped with all her life left her with
devastating anxiety and depression. In
the safety of a remote dwelling in the mountains,
she at last had to face herself, and the
childhood stolen from her. A profound and
inspirational story of the struggle to
overcome a legacy of personal suffering.
iiiii Worth your time, August 12, 2007
By M. McGuire -
Carole Estrup's book ought to be required
reading for everyone who thinks that urban
life in mid-century America was like TV land
portrayed it. Her parents (and some relatives)
were a surreal combination of uptight normality
and careless sadism. In this fascinating and
shocking memoir she holds back nothing,
including her own failings; but what emerges
is a ferocious will to survive and succeed.
Personal stories like this go far to explain
Arendt's "Banality of evil". Estrup's gift is
in showing us how the colossal enormities that
make it into the news were carried out on a
small scale every day in that miserable era.
The tone lightens later in the book, and success
and fulfillment ensue. But this is real life,
and unlike the characters in novels, who seem to
recover immediately and completely from the the
worst traumas, people who live in reality are
marked by their experiences. Reading this book
was that kind of experience, and I'll remember
and reflect on it for a long time.
Barefoot Girl will take you to a different world.
August 9, 2007 By jd2 (ID) iiiii
The author recounts her childhood mental, physical
and sexual abuse in ways that left me emotionally
drained. She pulls no punches and leaves no doubt as
to what happened in her life. How Oprah missed this
autobiography is beyond me. This book will open your
eyes to the evil that is child abuse and to the horror
children experience in many of our so-called, normal,
American families. This is a must read for all those
not aware of the hidden secret, as well as those who
have suffered abuse or think that keeping a secret
is a good thing. (Like the Catholic Church and others.)
One look at CaroleEstrup.com and it's clear the
author of this book is one of the great, artistic
painters of her day. I thank her for having the courage
to share her amazing story. The world is a better
place for what she has created on canvas and in life,
despite all the evil that tried to prevent it.
A powerful, astonishing story,
June 21, 2007 By JRup (CA) iiiii
This is an honest, sometimes gritty telling of an all
too common experience, the betrayal and exploi-
tation of the very young. But it is also a triumphant
battle of a child's creative impulse kindled against
the kind of chilling abuse which devastates so many
for an entire lifetime. Bravo!
Praise for H. F. Jansen Estrup's book
TALES OF A CLEAR, DARK NIGHT
iiiiiBy jd2 (ID)
Do You Wonder What's Out There in the Star Filled Night? If you are a person looking for answers in a confusing world, or a person that wonders where many of our present day customs came from, this book is a must read for you. If you are a student of Mythology, Religion, Current Events or History, this book should be on your reading list. Even if you are an expert in these fields you should add this book to your library of information. It's a must read. Filled with knowledge and wisdom. jdd.
Praise for H. F. Jansen Estrup's book
War Stories for My Grandchildren
Rating="Excellent" (top rating) by Writer's Digest
"...What I like best is the humanity of the speaker. Narrators often glorify themselves or the people they love and consequently attack those who might have ever hurt them slightly. It seems those authors do not approach their lives from a position of power. But this book is filled with real people with distinctive voices, made human and vulnerable by their standards and faults and are loved all the more for them by the reader. Especially wonderful is the perspective on the world, the philosophies and stories presented with reasoning throughout, as well as the various layers of actual war and the psychology of boy and manhood ... the raw, relatable, vivid voice that is found inside ... the project is quite necessary and brilliant, and I hope it will come under the gaze of many a person interested at all in our world’s history or the intelligent wisdom of one who has lived."
In War Stories For My Grandchildren, the author vividly portrays how war is not always on the military battlefield. This unique book tells of war in all walks of life, be it young, old, personal, social or military. It connects the reader to war through the eyes and mind of the author who experienced these events as they unfolded. With a poignant view of the military, gained from a combined total of twenty plus years in the Air Force and Navy, he writes with the technical expertise of an insider and the wisdom acquired after five tours in Southeast Asia. Here's a bargain if I ever read one. The book contains about twenty different stories for the price of one book. Each story filled with a refreshingly honest point of view. Not just the blood and guts side of war but a deeper philosophical understanding of what it is, what it does, and how humanity can't seem to detach itself from it. Real life danger and excitement await the reader in stories like The Drowning of Helen Lee and Sea Dragon, as well as others. I'm sure his Grandchildren will enjoy them all. I did! Highly recommended from a satisfied reader. Jd2/SFR