Tibetan Peach Pie

Tibetan Peach Pie

A True Account of An Imaginative Life

Book - 2014
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"Novelist Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins' warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels -- including Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, B is for Beer and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates -- 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 natural born 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, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures -- told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of two Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman and a novelist, 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 he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into his private world. Tom Robbins lives in La Conner, Washington."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062267405
Branch Call Number: 818.607 ROB 2014
Characteristics: xiv, 362 pages ; 24 cm

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lbsteele12
May 13, 2015

I have loved most of Robbins' books, since ARA came out. But this memoir quickly grew tiring, as I realized the author was not even mentioning monumental events in his life, and leaving out lots of details regarding the creation of his works.
I respect Robbins' privacy, so was surprised that he would even attempt a memoir. He remains a private person even after this book.

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cmarie20
Apr 25, 2015

I loved this book! Brought back all the fun and giggles when I read his fiction. Brought me up short when I realized he is 80+! Where did the time go. And fun times in LaConner.

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CDScheno
Feb 15, 2015

If you "dig" Tom Robbins, as I do, you will zip through this book, and may well, as I am doing, re-read all of his novels. One-of-a-kind, always provocative, sometimes silly, but ever creative.

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PearlyBaker
Nov 27, 2014

I'm always in denial about my favorite authors. I like to assume they are going to be around forever and always putting out new, insightful literature. I was shocked when Vonnegut died. I figured he had another 60 years in him. So when I read Robbins is in his 80's and really has not written any fiction since the 90's then once again reality came crashing down on me. While I would enjoy Robbins writing a menu I much prefer his fiction to this piece. I wonder now if we'll get just one more tale at of him yet? I will say that while I was not surprised to read of his use of hallucinogens I was shocked to hear he never wrote anything under the influence of any substance, not even caffeine.

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mz4bibliofile
Aug 09, 2014

As a full on Tom Robbins fan I found Tibetan Peach Pie to be boring, redundant and sad to say forgettable. In short...don't bother.

BCD2013 Jun 17, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Autobiography of Tom Robbins, author of nine previous novels. Told in the same inimitable, irreverent style, it reads like a novel but tells of the many influences on his life and writing, from Truffaut to Natalie Wood.
- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market

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