Several times I’ve gloated about finding a wonderful book for a $1, but the other day I received one for free. I met the author, Suzanne Jauchius, at a small gathering of writers where she introduced herself as a psychic. Her book, You Know Your Way Home, is memoir about the challenge of living with her gift, the insecurity it’s caused and the 5 men she met and married as she struggled to find herself.
I took the book home, feeling dubious about my level of interest. I’ve lived my life as a skeptic, despite Hamlet’s admonition: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, I, v).
Having now read the autobiography, I can recommend it because so much of the story dwells on the human level rather than the psychic plane. Who wouldn’t root for a woman who employs every means — from traditional therapy to Indian rituals — to wean herself from a series of abusive men and a dysfunctional family? One wouldn’t admire her courage as she picks herself up after each disappointment and tries again. You Know Your Way Home is a book about courage and the author has plenty of that.
As to the style, the prose is well paced and with sufficient drama to keep the reader’s interest. One final observation: Jauchius, opened my eyes about the “gift” of clairvoyance: that it can be a burden to those who claim it.
The book is available on Amazon. For readers lucky enough to live in Portland, Oregon, the author will appear for a book signing at The New Renaissance Bookshop on Nov. 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Jauchius can also be heard on radio the first Monday of each month at www.1051thebuzz.com.
(Courtesy of amazon.com)