New Memoir: Tibetan Peach Pie – Tom Robbins

No one can have come of age in the 1970’s without knowing Tom Robbins. Like Ken Kesey he’s one of those writers who helped define a generation. Thomas Pynchon wrote that Robbins’ classic novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a “piece of working magic” that “dazzled his brain.” His trademark combination of outrageous hijinks and a kind of earnest spiritual seeking is on full display in this memoir–it’s clear that’s an approach he brought to his life as well as his work.

The advance reviewers are in love with this book and I think we’ll see more of the same at on sale. Major coverage starts with The New York Times Magazine, NPR’s Weekend Edition, USA Today and O Magazine.

“Now in his eighties (hard to believe), and still a booster for the mind-altering properties of most drugs, Robbins continues to embody Zen coolness and bohemian charm. Famous for his clever turn of a phrase, Robbins, with such nuggets as Adrenaline shot through me like a crystal meth espresso through a break-dance’ and ‘Shaking his hand was like being forced to grasp the flaccid penis of a hypothermic zombie,’ certainly won’t disappoint.”
Booklist (starred review)

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…. 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)

“The first memoir from the idiosyncratic novelist, who claims that if ‘it doesn’t read like a normal memoir, that may be because I haven’t exactly led what most normal people would consider a normal life.’ Indeed. The narrative–comprised of a series of vignettes from various points in the author’s eventful life and appropriately spiked with deliciously mischievous language and philosophical musings–may be ‘somewhat subject to the effects of mnemonic erosion,’ but it is piquant and intriguing nonetheless….[Most readers] will enjoy this peek into the intelligently goofy and always fertile mind of this inventive writer, who riffs on everything from women and drugs to the publishing industry, conceptions of spirituality and the countless culinary wonders of kimchi.”
Kirkus Reviews

Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life (9780062267405) by $27.99 hardcover. 5/27/14 one day laydown.

 

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