Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life (Hardcover)

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Sues's Staff Pick (June 2014): First, a confession! When this book arrived at the bookstore, we shelved it incorrectly in New Fiction! The cover is so Tom Robbins. And, the large green lettering for TOM ROBBINS is so Tom Robbins. And, how many of us really read the fine print on his books? We are usually too eager to get into the book and find out what irreverent prose has been sent our way this time.

BUT WAIT! This is “A True Account of an Imaginative Life!” It says so on the cover, and once you start reading, you realize this is HIS tale. (But, really, aren’t all of his books his tales?)

Truly, this is an autobiography/memoir and for those who have followed along with the author, burning through the pages of his volumes of work, it does not disappoint. It follows that the person who built a way of life around cowgirls, monkeys, mummies, and beer cans would have an interesting background story himself. Okay, prepare yourself… Tom Robbins is 80 years old!! But what is not surprising is how funny and unrestrained the reader will find this book. After all, it’s Tom Robbins. You will find it in New NON Fiction.

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Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon 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 Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, 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 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, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture 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 he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062267405
ISBN-10: 006226740X
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Pages: 362
Language: English