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The Devil, the Lovers, and Me: My Life in Tarot

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  257 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
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 so
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Dutton Adult (first published 2007)
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Jul 15, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok
I didn't totally hate this book, but when it was due at the library and I hadn't finished it, I had no problem returning it without reading to the end. I was intrigued by the premise, but I wasn't riveted. I guess I just don't find stories about how scarring and difficult it was to grow up as an upper-middle-class white girl in the 80s as touching as I used to. I stopped reading after the episode where as a teen the heroine is picked to be "the Le Clic girl" and has to endure modeling jobs, a mi ...more
Aug 23, 2007 Lundy rated it liked it
This is definitely a quick read and I thought the concept was pretty unique. She uses Tarot cards to reflect one moments in her life. There's some laugh out loud moments -- such as her campaign in grade school where she wrote "She bops" on her campaign posters and a classmate asked her if she knew that meant masturbation. (She didn't, she just liked the Cyndi Lauper song). At times, I found some of the language a little too new agey/ self helpish. Overall a good hearted book about an interesting ...more
Nov 13, 2007 Eric rated it it was amazing
Kimberlee and I read together at KGB in New York this week. I basically picked up the book so I'd have an idea of who I was reading with. I was so pleasantly surprised when I started reading.

I really liked this book. I think it gets unfairly characterized as chic lit. I can easily see why it happens, but it is just good storytelling. Super fun and very clever.
Feb 03, 2013 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 20-somethings, single gals, people who just made a drastic life change looking for some inspiration
Shelves: memoir
Super cute memoir--funny, memorable, and a reminder of the journey of life. I love the tarot twist to it, but I don't want to give anything away!
When Kimberlee’s life became a mess, she took therapy, saw a Reiki Master and even got hypnotized. Then she went to a tarot reader.

Iris gently prods Kimberlee through her past life and her possible futures. Insisting firmly that she can’t tell Kimberlee her future, the tarot reader guides her and the reader through a painful journey, sifting through the past to find clues for the present. The author manages to make the character of “Iris” candid without irritating spiritual mannerisms, pop psych
Ramya (Idea Smith)
Apr 27, 2013 Ramya (Idea Smith) rated it liked it
Shelves: own-this-book
A nice story, Chick Lit with a twist, since the heroine's story is told in associations that emerge in a tarot reading. It feels more like light fiction than the autobiography that it is. It won't matter if you're not a believer or even aware of the tarot. The tarot reader Iris offers a brief interpretation of each card and sits back as Kimberlee thinks about what these mean in the context of her own life.

The story weaves in and out of Kimberlee's relationships, with her lovers and her family. H
Robert Beveridge
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 d
Aug 17, 2011 Amaya rated it it was amazing
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 stint with motion sickness from reading on the bus because I refused to stop). Auerbach was adorable and hilarious with a refreshing sense of honesty about herself and those around her. Her stories were engaging, and kept you wanting more, turning page after page for a new card, a new parallel, a new epiphany, and in hopes ...more
Betsy Housten
Aug 07, 2012 Betsy Housten rated it liked it
Something about this book misses the mark for me. It's not the idea of it; I think the framework of a reflective memoir based on a tarot reading has great potential.

Maybe it's the hurried, careless feeling of much of the writing, the parts that read like a first draft before it's been fleshed out and the effect those have on how engaging the narrative is. Maybe it's the half-dozen misspellings and typos that made me wonder who edited this book and what they were drinking. Maybe it's the unneces
Aug 12, 2008 Inge rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I picked this book up after reading a glowing review by of one of's editors, Courtney Martin. Oh well. I normally love the other books she recommends.

This book was okay. I can't say it kept my interest throughout, because for some reason it took me weeks just to get through the last 20 or so pages. The ending wasn't worth the wait.

But the book isn't a total flop. I did chuckle at one or two stories (like the one about her poster campaign for middle school student government). An
Nov 08, 2007 Hilary rated it really liked it
I had started reading Kimberlee Auerbach's writing on, so when I found out she wrote a book, especially through tarot (I'm a tarot reader) I was intrigued. My intrigue waited for several years.

Through the magic of kindle, I obtained this book. I read it in two days. Some parts of it are cringe-worthy (and rightly so) but I felt myself empathizing with Kimberlee and rooting for her through her many situations, such as "How long do I have to wait before he pops the question
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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.
Mar 25, 2012 Nekesha rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 10 stars! I've read many books about self exploration, the good, the bad and the ugly but none of them in my opinion were raw and emotional like this one. Kimberlee Auerbach represents all of who want the answer to the questions "why are we here?" and "what's my purpose?" life she finds out is full of lessons and choices but its all very personal and its what we make it and reading Kimberlee's journey through life made me think about my own. This book was a delight ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: therapy
Not that this book is really about therapy, but when I read it, a lot of things coincided with therapy stuff. I love Kimberlee Auerbach - I've been watching her videos of Therapy Thursdays on Crucial Minutia for about a year and it was really interesting to read stories of her past to see where she is coming from on some things. After finishing this book I actually felt compelled to change certain things in my life and I guess that is a pretty good sign that this book was a big deal for me. If y ...more
Karen  (EarthAngel2911)
Aug 30, 2008 Karen (EarthAngel2911) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tarot-books
What a fun read! I love Kimberlee's writing style. It's not just funny (hilarious, actually), it's deep and raw. She's put into print all the things that we've been ashamed to admit, but have secretly thought about during certain times in our lives.

The story is set around a tarot reading. The spread looks very interesting and the fact that the tarot reader has chosen to use all Majors tells us that it's going to be a "Deep to the Core" reading. And that it is, with serious revelations, brought t
Aug 22, 2007 Becky rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting! Ms. Auerbach takes the reader through the universal journey of awkward adolescence to the pressures and confusion of adult life. If you've ever felt stuck in a job, in a relationship or in your search for more happiness I think you'll find Auerbach's humorous and direct approach to her life entertaining and inspirational. I found myself turning page after to page to see what obstacle Kimmi would have to tackle next. I was rooting for her and I think you will too.
Rebecca Cooper
Reminded me of The Fifth Goddess - a woman in her 30's living in New York trying to understand her own insecurities and failed relationships by trying something spiritual. I liked the integration of the tarot archetypes, but the self-deprecating humor did not appeal to me. Didn't realize until the end that it was autobiographical - kudos to the author for bravely sharing quite personal details of her life. But I neither laughed nor cried - just not my style of book.
Sep 02, 2007 Ruth rated it liked it
This book was better than I expected it to be, given the goofy premise (life refracted through a prism of tarot cards....). The author is engaging and has a refreshing sense of humor about herself. I ended up rooting for her in spite of the occasional dippiness of the prose. The writing didn't get in the way too much, although the weakness was definitely the dialogue (often wooden).
Nov 16, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok
I was really hoping this book was going to have a little more about the art of reading tarot cards, but it was more about this women's life. And quite frankly her life really wasn't that abnormal. She dated a few jerks, weirdo's, and losers - haven't we all. This book was an extremely easy read, maybe it would be a good beach or pool book.
Nov 16, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
I was really hoping this book was going to have a little more about the art of reading tarot cards, but it was more about this women's life. And quite frankly her life really wasn't that abnormal. She dated a few jerks, weirdo's, and losers - haven't we all. This book was an extremely easy read, maybe it would be a good beach or pool book. But watch out for the language & content.
Jul 04, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought it was a very 20-something book. Since I'm 20-something, it makes sense for me to have picked it up. I'm also interested in Tarot, so added bonus. I enjoyed her style of writing - an enjoyable, easy read.
Oct 14, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
Good, not brilliant writing, about a New York woman in her early 30s trying to get a grip on her life (hmm, not unlike me). Interesting format of every chapter being a tarot card. An entertaining, easy read. I enjoyed it.
May 07, 2008 Liz rated it it was ok
I got halfway through and decided it just wasn't worth finishing this (which is not something I do). It's supposed to be a memoir, but her life just wasn't spectacular enough to hold my interest and I'm not in the same place as she was, so I can't relate to her "self-discovery".
Sherri Rifkin
May 05, 2008 Sherri Rifkin rated it really liked it
A friend of mine wrote this sweet, fun, semi-heartbreaking yet completely honest memoir. Told through a unique device: a Tarot reading helps her recall various pivotal momens in her life. Even if you don't know her, you will relate to her!
Jun 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: shasta
Fun read. I read it in a matter of a few hours. The cover intrigued me and I nabbed it off the library shelves where I took it home and devoured it that night. Kind of easy mind fluff but a needed break from my crazy day.
Shaktima Brien
May 18, 2012 Shaktima Brien rated it really liked it
That book is compelling and entertaining. A bit in the tradition of "Eat, Pray, Love" or "Angelina and Men", a woman searches for love, and in the process reaches new grounds. A coming-of-age experience valuable for all readers. Take risks and stretch your limits!
Maya Rock
Apr 01, 2008 Maya Rock rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maya by: Kimmi
It felt perfect reading this outside today. This book is infused with a warm, loving spirit. I identified with a lot of the issues of a life going not the way you imagined it would and grappling with that disconnect. Lovely. This MacBook, I'm having my doubts people...
Dec 25, 2008 Julia rated it liked it
Lighter (at least, more easily read) fare than some of the stuff on my currently reading pile, while I try to get back into the reading habit.

Originally a live performance piece, which I am now sorry to have missed.
Nov 14, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Not sure why I read this. The title attracted me and the author is entertaining but basically this is a piece of fluff.
Aug 28, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a Dollar Store buy (literally) its really good.
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Kimberlee Auerbach Berlin is an author, storyteller, writing coach and new mom.

Her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Salon, Good Housekeeping, The Frisky and Seleni. Her memoir, The Devil, The Lovers & Me: My Life in Tarot, was first published in hardcover (Dutton 2007), then in paperback (NAL 2008), and is now available on Kindle.

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