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Love, Luck, and Lore
A Guide to Superstitions, Prayers, Spells, and Taking Chances in the Pursuit of Love
Elizabeth Carr, Theresa Hoiles, Illustrated by Robin Campbell
ISBN: 9781573242042
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel
5 x 7
208 pages
December 12, 2005


Most cultures and societies around the world have their own unique methods for finding love. For instance, in Genoa, Italy, a yearly celebration commemorates the generosity of Count Fieschi of Lavagna who, in 1240, threw a party with a 30-foot cake. Townsfolk remember him with a parade and a little romance: they pin to their clothing a piece of paper--blue for men, white for women--on which a specific word is written. When they find someone wearing the same word, the couple is given a piece of cake. And the rest is up to them!

This charming practice and many others can be found in Love, Luck, and Lore. In this little book of love, Theresa Hoiles and Elizabeth Carr have collected celebrations and spell rhymes, fortune-telling tricks and food charms to help you snag that guy you've seen at the local coffeehouse.

Try putting a two-leaf clover in your shoe as you say this rhyme:

    A clover of two,
    Put it in your right shoe.
    The first young man you meet,
    In field, street, or lane,
    You'll have him or one of his name.

Or make an apricot love sachet by placing some dried apricots and cloves in the center of a circular piece of cloth and tying it up with ribbon long enough to wear around your neck. The tantalizing aroma should draw potential lovers your way, leaving men weak in your wake.

Sure, you can try a more scientific approach to dating, following rules written by someone with a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Relations from Boring U. But that's no fun! Use these carefree and whimsical approaches, quirky prayers and incantations, to appeal to higher voices and spirits and bring that love into your life!

Elizabeth Carr has been dating half of her 35 years and began her dating career with a cliche -- she fell for the boy next door. Since then she has agreed to blind dates, posted personal ads on the Internet and tried speed dating. All the while playing matchmaker for her friends; consulting on their personal ads and acting as an objective screener. Still on the search for her one and only, she believes in taking action and has tried a trick or two of her own.

Professionally, Elizabeth Carr works a photo publicist at UPN. She has worked in Hollywood since high school on such films as Michael Mann's Heat and Oliver Stone's Wall Street, The Doors and Heaven and Earth. Her television credits include, Everybody Hates Chris, America's Top Model and Veronica Mars to name a few.

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Theresa Hoiles was inspired to write this book after listening to an endless number of dating horror stories of friends searching for love. Being a third generation Italian and Catholic, she often sought advice and council from her grandmother who interpreted her dreams or told her whom to pray to when in need of help. This led to a lifelong fascination of saints and superstitions. Theresa secretly feels she is a dream clairvoyant who has not only predicted her own marriage and sex of her first child but has dreamt about many of her friends future children.

Professionally Theresa Hoiles has worked on NYPD Blue, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and the HBO series, Deadwood. She has also worked at several studios including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures Studios. Currently, Theresa is working as a freelance writer and keeping up with her two boys.
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Robin Campbell lives in the LA area with her husband and newborn. She met her husband in high school, but has been "yenta-ing" for friends ever since. A graphic designer in corporate America, she was thrilled to help her friends add some visuals to their book.

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