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The Devil, The Lovers and Me: My Life in Tarot Paperback – Bargain Price, August 5, 2008

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Aperformance artist and former Fox News producer, Auerbach offers an earnest, though light memoir about learning to open herself to life through a first-time reading of the tarot cards. During a dark period of her life, when she felt stuck in her job after seven years, and stymied in a relationship with a loving man, Noah, who still wouldn't pop the question, the author, at 33, visited a clairvoyant in order to find out what the future held for her. Iris was not a typical tarot reader, but heavily into Kabbalah, and she navigated for Auerbach a reading of the 22 Major Arcana. The cards Auerbach drew included the Fool, the Wheel of Fortune, the Lovers and Temperance, and for each the author dwells literally on a chapter of her life, from being the dork back in grade school in Short Hills, N.J., to becoming the poster girl for her father's creation, Le Clic camera. Auerbach's parents were controlling (her father actually bought an engagement ring for Noah to give her), but she learned to forgive them. Iris was a kindly maternal figure who urged her to accept gracefully the natural cycles of one's life, but it's a simplistic lesson, and the answers too pat. (Aug.)
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“So fresh and original you don’t want it to end.”
—Naomi Wolf, bestselling author of The Beauty Myth

“Warning: there will be times when you will be laughing so hard that you won’t realize that you’re 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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451224108
  • ASIN: B002GJU4Q8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,505,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that I approached reading the Devil, the Lovers, and Me: My Life in Tarot with a bit of hesitation. I'm not really a fan of "chick lit" and although my wife swore this was not your typical "chick lit" fare I was still not completely convinced this would be my cup of herbal tea with a tarot reader. Well boy, was I wrong. Auerbach's account of her hysterically painful childhood all the way up to her drama filled present day life has warmth, humor and intelligence and although it is all based on her real life it reads like fiction. This book will be entertaining on the beach this summer or if you don't get to it till fall, perfect for a cozy day in front of the fire. Once you pick it up you defintely won't be able to put it down. A must read...even for a guy.
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Top 9 Reasons to Read The Devil, The Lovers, and Me:

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.
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I'm surprised to find a lot in common with the author. With my siblings going in and out of hospitals, even though I had all the love and attention of my mother, I was a very jealous and even spiteful child. With my Dad far away for as long as I remember myself, I have always felt I have to deserve love, and protect myself in love. I see now that I undermined a few relationships with digging too deep into his past and not being able to deal with my own jealousy afterwards. Self-esteem, letting go of the past, a ban on worrying about the future and the act of being alive and present in daily life, along with the realization that working through our issues never stops, are the great lessons of this very engaging book.

Victoria Evangelina
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Format: Hardcover
Kimberlee Auerbach, The Devil, the Lovers, and Me: My Life in Tarot (Dutton, 2007)

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. ***
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I have to say that I loved this book! There are not a lot of books or stories about Tarot readings. In fact, I read the whole book start to finish in one day. It is a true story.

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.
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