Modern Tarot

While tarot has gone mainstream with a diverse range of tarot decks widely available, there has been no equally mainstream guide to the tarot—one that can be applied to any deck—until now. Infused with beloved iconoclastic author Michelle Tea’s unique insight, inviting pop sensibility, and wicked humor, Modern Tarot is a fascinating journey through the cards that teaches how to use this tradition to connect with our higher selves.

Whether you’re a committed seeker or a digital-age skeptic—or perhaps a little of both—Tea’s essential guide opens the power of tarot to you. Modern Tarot doesn’t require you to believe in the supernatural or narrowly focus on the tarot as a divination tool. Tea instead provides incisive descriptions of each of the 78 cards in the tarot system—each illustrated in the charmingly offbeat style of cartoonist Amanda Verwey—and introduces specially designed card-based rituals that can be used with any deck to guide you on a path toward radical growth and self-improvement.

Tea reveals how tarot offers moments of deep, transformative connection—an affirming, spiritual experience that is gentle, individual, and aspirational. Grounded in Tea’s twenty-five years of tarot wisdom and her abiding love of the cards, and featuring 78 black and white illustrations throughout, Modern Tarot is the ultimate introduction to the tradition of the tarot for millennial readers.

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Praise for Modern Tarot

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Black Wave

Desperate to quell her addiction to drugs, disastrous romance, and nineties San Francisco, Michelle heads south for LA. But soon it’s officially announced that the world will end in one year, and life in the sprawling metropolis becomes increasingly weird.

While living in an abandoned bookstore, dating Matt Dillon, and keeping an eye on the encroaching apocalypse, Michelle begins a new novel, a sprawling and meta-textual exploration to complement her promises of maturity and responsibility. But as she tries to make queer love and art without succumbing to self-destructive vice, the boundaries between storytelling and everyday living begin to blur, and Michelle wonders how much she’ll have to compromise her artistic process if she’s going to properly ride out doomsday.

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Praise for Black Wave

“Churning through lovers, baggies, and bottles, writer Michelle Leduski runs for LA with the end of the world on her heels… In what seems at first like a lightly fictionalized memoir, Tea traverses ground familiar to readers of her previous work: booze, drugs, sex, protracted adolescence, and ’90s queer culture. But as time destabilizes, we’re irresistibly sucked into an alternate universe where the byproducts of modern living cause illness and alienation, the natural world has been all but eradicated, poisonous mists roll off the Pacific, and compost-powered cars trace the roads… Gliding deftly through issues of addiction and recovery, erasure and assimilation, environmental devastation and mass delusion about our own pernicious tendencies, this is a genre- and reality-bending story of quiet triumph for the perennial screw-up and unabashed outsider. A biting, sagacious, and delightfully dark metaliterary novel about finding your way in a world on fire.”  —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Scary, funny, and genre-bending—Black Wave is Michelle Tea’s most ambitious, complex and imaginative work so far. An investigation of addiction’s apocalypse, it’s somehow wonderfully strange, daring, and dirty, and yet completely universal and true.”  —Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent

“Listen up: it’s the end of the world and Michelle Tea is the writer to be with. She’s got the smarts and the laughs, the sharpness and the love, the grit and the skin and the ink she needs to see us through. I’m sticking with her until there’s nothing left.”  —Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), We Are the Pirates

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How To Grow Up: A Memoir

In How to Grow Up, Michelle Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. After fleeing her down-and-out hometown of Chelsea, Massachusetts at the age of nineteen, Michelle resurfaced in California. There, she lived in a filthy communal house; she smoked, drank, and snorted anything she could get her hands on; and she worked dead-end jobs. During all of this, she scribbled in notebooks and eventually built herself a literary career. How she became the sober, mature, thoughtful adult she is today is the essence of How to Grow Up.In incredible tales that take readers from the shows of Paris Fashion Week to a run-down San Francisco apartment, from Las Vegas casinos to a yacht on the French Riviera, Tea reveals her messy journey to adulthood and what she’s learned along the way. With advice ranging from the silly (why you should never hit on your tattoo artist) to the serious (what you should do when you hit rock bottom), How to Grow Up touches on evergreen subjects like relationships, religion, and feminism with a no-holds-barred attitude.

Award-winning author Michelle Tea’s previous works have been called “impossible to put down” by People magazine and “raucous…[and] apologetically raw” by The New York Times. Now, Michelle Tea writes a gutsy and comically poignant memoir-in-essays about growing up without selling out.

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Praise for How To Grow Up

“While admitting to her failures and misadventures, Tea chooses to dwell on the positive, life-enhancing practices and influences she has embraced during her journey to adulthood, and this latest installment of her resilient ride is wild, wickedly funny, and refreshingly reverent.”  —Elle Magazine

“An engaging and often darkly funny memoir. Life begins at 40 for the author, who got a late start on adulthood and had a wild time getting there.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Tea’s charming and self-effacing humor makes this a delightful read for those who are on their own path to adulthood or fully developed adults who want to remind themselves of how far they’ve come.”  —Library Journal

Read more reviews on: Boston Globe, After Ellen, Large Hearted Boy, Bustle.

About Michelle

Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs: The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Valencia (now a film), The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl (illustrated) and How to Grow Up (Penguin/Plume), currently in development with Amazon Studios. Her novels include Mermaid in Chelsea Creek and Girl at the Bottom of the Sea, part of a Young Adult fantasy trilogy published by McSweeneys, and Rose of No Man’s Land. Black Wave is a dystopic memoir-fiction hybrid. Forthcoming works include Castle on the River Vistula, the final installment of the YA series, and Modern Tarot, a tarot how-to and spell book published by Harper Elixir.

Tea is the curator of the Amethyst Editions imprint at Feminist Press. She founded the literary non-profit RADAR Productions and the international Sister Spit performance tours, and is the former editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights. She created Mutha Magazine, an online publication about real-life parenting. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Cosmopolitan, The Believer, Marie Clare, n+1, xoJane, California Sunday Magazine, Buzzfeed and many other print and web publications.

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photo credit: Gretchen Sayers

Speaking + Events

 Upcoming Events

June 2017

Thursday, June 22nd: Skylight Books (LA) at 7pm
Monday, June 26th: Dog Eared Books Castro (SF) at 7pm

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