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The Devil, the Lovers, & Me: My Life in Tarotby Kimberlee Auerbach
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An irresistible memoir for anyone who's ever wondered what's coming next...
Kimberlee Auerbach has been in therapy. She's seen a Reiki Master. She's even given hypnosis a try. They can't give her want she wants... to know her future is going to be bright, that everything will be okay. So she makes an appointment with Iris Goldblatt, "tarot card reader and mirror of the soul." Instead of predicting the future, each card sparks a memory: like the time Kimberlee tried to be wild, and caught crabs from an Argentine painter; or the night her father "proposed" at Morton's Steakhouse (presenting her with an engagement ring for her boyfriend to use); or the moment Kimberlee found the strength to kick out her freeloading ex. In a Wizard of Oz-like twist of fate, Kimberlee realizes she had the answers all along-that's it's not about looking to the future, it's about trusting yourself along the way.
Exuberantly alive and refreshingly candid, The Devil, The Lovers & Me, will take you on a journey down one woman's path, only to reflect yours back. You, too, will see yourself in the cards ... The Devil, The Lovers, even the Fool.
"'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.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"So fresh and original you don't want it to end." Naomi Wolf
"Kimberlee Auerbach made me laugh, love, and leap into the future open-armed, right along with her. If she's got a handful of cards, she knows how to deal them! Bravo!" Maria Dahvana Headley
"Frank, funny, and fiercely insightful." Susan Shapiro
"Warning: there will be times when you will be laughing so hard that you won't realize that you are also crying....A shining example of what it means to be humorously flawed and gloriously alive." Courtney Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters
"A witty, gut-honest account of what it's like to be a smart, sexy, single woman in her 30s." Sally Koslow, author of Little Pink Slips
Auerbachs one-woman show, "Tarot Reading," sold out in New York, prompting rave reviews from such notable writers and social critics as Naomi Wolf, Wendy Shanker, and Dr. Robin Stern. Now Auerbach brings her utterly original humor to her unforgettable memoir.
About the Author
Kimberlee Auerbach is a former Fox News producer who now writes and performs full time. Her comedic monologues have been performed throughout New York, including a sold-out run at the Ninth Annual New York International Fringe Festival, several Moth GrandSLAM Championships, the Original Improv, the Kraine Theater, and the Bitter End.
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