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The Devil, The Lovers and Me: My Life in Tarot Paperback – Bargain Price, August 5, 2008
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Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The Beauty Myth
Warning: there will be times when you will be laughing so hard that you wont realize that youre also crying. A shining example of what it means to be humorously flawed and gloriously alive.
Courtney Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters
Bravo! Auerbach made me laugh, love, and leap into the future open-armed, right along with her.
Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Year of Yes
Top Customer Reviews
1. It is original and quirky and funny.
2. That was three already.
3. Kimberlee Auerbach is brave and willing to examine her own life closely.
4. Which may give you some insight into yours.
5. And also into this particular moment in history. One thing that struck me as I was reading this voice was how thoroughly located in the mid-2000s and in New York City the book is. Which made me realize how few books like that I have read. In turn, I thought about how important it is to have stories that reflect our present day reality as it is unfolding. It is important for us to take a look, through books, at how we use technology including in our intimate relationships (Kimberlee's electronic messages with her father; her googling of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend), how we spend our time, and how we struggle to make sense of ourselves and the world around us (basically the book). Stories like this one that reflect particular social locations and times are also important to write (and to read, which is what you should do with this book) because of what they leave for others to read later on in time.
6. It is funny. That is already in number one above I know but it deserves its own line because this book is really funny. Kimberlee gives voice to the humor in situations (like getting crabs or having her father present her with an engagement ring) where others (me, maybe you) might struggle to find the funny. The benefit to you of her talent is that you will laugh when you read this book.
7. See number two.
Warning: the phrase "in Tarot" in the title had me thinking that I was going to be reading a memoir about the life and profession of a Tarot reader. That is emphatically not the case (and, in fact, the Tarot reading that provides Auerbach's framework here is, not surprisingly, fabricated). Thus, if that's what you're looking for, move on, folks, nothing to see here.
That said, given my antipathy towards memoirs, I did find myself grudgingly hooked pretty fast. Not that it's different than your run-of-the-mill memoir-- bad childhood memories, abuse, etc. etc. ad nauseam-- but Auerbach has a storyteller's touch and a sharp sense of humor, both of which have been notably absent from any number of memoirs I've read over the years. I hope that at one point she turns her attention to writing a novel; I'd like to see what she can do with the rest of the stuff in her head. Until then, we'll have to make do with this; a shiny presentation on trendy, though quotidian, subject matter. ***
Kimberlee is a great story teller. She should be as this is her life. It was painful to read at times. I almost didn't get it because she worked for Fox News. Then I thought, wait a minute, this might be interesting and guess what? It was interesting, very interesting. It took a lot of courage to write this story. I am a Tarot Reader and I loved the characters in the book, especially the Tarot Reader. I have been looking for books that incorporate tarot readings into the storyline.
The author is brutally honest in her life story telling and sometimes I couldn't believe she would tell some of this stuff. She has a wonderful life change while you read the story and explains it in the end. Anyone that wants to read a story that takes you through a real life experience with an honest and interesting plot, read this. I loved the Mom character. She was so much fun to follow on her journey as much as Kimberlee was to follow.
Our main character starts her story with her first boyfriend and goes to her other paramours. She develops with family and friends as the tarot cards are turned over in a 2 hour reading session. I kept wondering what the resolution was and stayed up reading.
I really hope we get to read more books from Kimberlee Auerbach. If she can create characters from her imagination as well as from real life, I think it will be fun to read more work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this light-hearted memoir. If you enjoy studying the cosmos, this memoir will provide knowledge about tarot cards, while the plot will tickle our universal human... Read morePublished 17 months ago by debra thurston
I absolutely loved this book! It made me both laugh out loud and cry in identification and recognition with the author. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Jane
I don't usually read a lot of memoir, but I've been getting more into this genre and I loved this one! Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by The Critic
I was looking for books on Tarot and this book came up in my search. Reading the reveiews and the excerpt, I knew it wasn't going to be a reference book. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Chgochick
I carried this book with me everywhere until I finished it. It caused me to miss my subway stop, but it was worth it. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by FranC
I literally could not put down The Devil, the Lovers, and Me: My Life in Tarot. It was a fantastic and FAST read, fully consumed within two days of downloading it (including a... Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by NorCal2NYC
THE DEVIL, THE LOVERS AND ME is a hilarious, heartfelt coming of age memoir that mixes the tarot card metaphor with believable sad love stories and crazy Jewish family angst. Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Susan Shapiro