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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

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Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins's long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe

Tom Robbins's warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels-including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction, and Jitterbug Perfume — provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads.

In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, weaving together stories of his unconventional life-from his Appalachian childhood to his globe-trotting adventures — told in his unique voice, which combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become, over the course of half a century, a poet interruptus, a soldier, a meteorologist, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counterculture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the sixties' psychedelic revolution, international roving before Homeland Security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees.

Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which Robbins is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

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"Thomas Pynchon wrote that Tom Robbins's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 'dazzled his brain,' calling it a 'piece of working magic' and Robbins 'a world-class storyteller.' Ever the raconteur, Robbins carries us along a magical wonder tour in this high-flying, Zen koan-like, and cinematic tour of some of the episodes in his journey through space and time. Loosely arranged chronologically, we travel with Tommy Rotten — his mother's pet name for him — from his birth in Statesville, N.C., through his youth in Virginia — including a stint at Hargrave Military Academy — his meteorological training in the military, and his peripatetic pursuit of language and wonder. In San Francisco, three years before he starts his first novel, he 'reaffirms his devotion to language, that magical honeycomb of words into which human reality is forever dissolving and from which it continually reemerges, having invented itself anew... a blue dolphin leaping from a sink of dirty dishes.' Along the way, Robbins offers flashes of enlightenment into the writing of each of his novels, from Another Roadside Attraction to Villa Incognito. He reveals that 'all those pursuits of mine have been part and parcel of the same overriding compulsion: a lifelong quest to perpetually interface with the Great Mystery (which may or may not be God) or, at the very least, to further expose myself to wonder.' Master storyteller, indeed, Robbins calls us into his tales and with a wink and a nod, never lets us go until we've heard it all." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Robbins continues to embody Zen coolness and bohemian charm.” Booklist (starred review)

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“[Readers] will enjoy this peek into the intelligently goofy and always fertile mind of this inventive writer... a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through.” Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Tom Robbins was born in North Carolina in 1932 and raised in Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, he moved to Seattle to do graduate work at the University of Washington. His internationally bestselling works include Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Villa Incognito, Wild Ducks Flying Backward, and B Is for Beer. The father of three sons, Robbins lives with his wife, Alexa D'Avalon, and their dog, Blini Tomato Titanium, in La Conner, Washington.

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g33kygurl, June 2, 2014 (view all comments by g33kygurl)
I read something favorable about Mr. Robbins a while back so I put his books on my TBR shelf and intended to get a book from the library. Needless to say, I forgot to check out any of his books. I was catching up with some podcasts and one of my favorites, The Drunken Taoist, had a special section about Tom Robbins, who is a very interesting fellow. I like to learn about the authors of books that I read so I'm intrigued to find out more about the elusive Mr. Robbins.
I'll be looking through the comments to find out which book might be a good place to start.
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Christopher Hooper, May 28, 2014 (view all comments by Christopher Hooper)
If you love Tom Robbins, this book is for you!

He is hesitant to call this an autobiography, or even a memoir, but it is basically these things in the most Tom Robbins of ways.

Starting from a mischievous childhood, and moving forward from there, Robbins tells tales you wouldn't believe from others but can definitely know to be true from the author of Another Roadside Attractkon, Still Life With Woodpecker, etc.

Instead of using his mastery of words to tell a tale of fiction, he uses each chapter of the book to cover a story from a different period of his life. I hesitate to post specifics so as not to spoil anything for you.

If you are new to Tom Robbins, or aren't a fan of his work, then this book is likely not for you. This book is all about his life and how it formed the person who would write those books. If you are looking for a definitive account of his life, this is probably not the book you are looking for.

On the other hand, if you like the man and his books, this is definitely a must.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062267405
Author:
Robbins, Tom
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Author:
Robbins, Tom
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.81 in 22.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Thomas Pynchon wrote that Tom Robbins's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 'dazzled his brain,' calling it a 'piece of working magic' and Robbins 'a world-class storyteller.' Ever the raconteur, Robbins carries us along a magical wonder tour in this high-flying, Zen koan-like, and cinematic tour of some of the episodes in his journey through space and time. Loosely arranged chronologically, we travel with Tommy Rotten — his mother's pet name for him — from his birth in Statesville, N.C., through his youth in Virginia — including a stint at Hargrave Military Academy — his meteorological training in the military, and his peripatetic pursuit of language and wonder. In San Francisco, three years before he starts his first novel, he 'reaffirms his devotion to language, that magical honeycomb of words into which human reality is forever dissolving and from which it continually reemerges, having invented itself anew... a blue dolphin leaping from a sink of dirty dishes.' Along the way, Robbins offers flashes of enlightenment into the writing of each of his novels, from Another Roadside Attraction to Villa Incognito. He reveals that 'all those pursuits of mine have been part and parcel of the same overriding compulsion: a lifelong quest to perpetually interface with the Great Mystery (which may or may not be God) or, at the very least, to further expose myself to wonder.' Master storyteller, indeed, Robbins calls us into his tales and with a wink and a nod, never lets us go until we've heard it all." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “Robbins continues to embody Zen coolness and bohemian charm.”
"Review" by , “[Readers] will enjoy this peek into the intelligently goofy and always fertile mind of this inventive writer... a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through.”
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