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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by [Robbins, Tom]
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*Starred Review* Insisting that this tome is neither autobiography nor memoir, countercultural icon Robbins (Another Roadside Attraction) covers the significant touchstones of his life. Beginning with his humble origins in a succession of Tidewater towns (Blowing Rock, Urbanna, Kilmarnock, Warsaw), Robbins knew that he wanted to write since before he could write. Always marked by his “funky orientation and anarchic aesthetic,” Robbins has held a lifelong love for the offbeat and for the written word. As a child he won a radio in a raffle and sold it for books. “Nothing the human race has ever created,” he writes, “is more cool than a book.” Humorous anecdotes and high jinks fill these pages as Robbins waxes poetic about the circus life and shares his love for tomatoes, kimchi, numerous women, and his preference for Pepsi over Coke, but it’s not until almost page 200 when his life is forever altered by exposure to LSD and the infinite rabbit holes it has led him to. 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Robbins will be enjoying a six-city author tour and a national print campaign as part of his publisher’s promotional push. --Ben Segedin

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

“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. ” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“[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)

“Memoir or not, the form suits Robbins’s digressive style, philosophical musings, and self-deprecating humor. Each piece stands on its own, but when read side by side they develop into a powerful argument about magic and the necessity of imaginative, interior worlds.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Perhaps the only aspect more impressive than Robbins’s ability to imbue a lifetime of interesting anecdotes with an additional layer of introspection is his trademark style [...]earthy and conversational yet simultaneously intellectual. Fans and newcomers alike will guffaw and marvel at this most extraordinary life (Shelf Awareness)

“[Tibetan Peach Pie] bursts with enough joie de vivre to bewitch even the most present-shock-imprisoned 28-year-old and to snag the rest of us with Robbins’ far-out, feel-good sensibility and trademark helical, world-happy prose.” (Elle)

Tibetan Peach Pie is a late, welcome gift from a philosopher-novelist who continues to believe in the transformative qualities of ‘novelty, beauty, mischief and mirth’ - qualities apparent on every page of this lively, large-hearted book.” (Washington Post)

Tibetan Peach Pie is a gift to his fans, the story of a man who had the sense to follow where his imagination led… How lucky for his readers that we got to tag along for the ride.” (Seattle Times)

“The author of such off-kilter bestsellers as Still Life with Woodpecker has written a rollicking reminiscence of his Appalachian upbringing, his spiral through the psychedelic ‘60s, and his unconventional path to literary stardom.” (O magazine)

“Beautiful... Robbins has never met a pun, a blissfully crooked analogy, a magician’s bit of verbal trickery that he didn’t love… He knows words the way a pool hustler knows chalk.” (NPR Books (Online Review))

Product details

  • File Size: 1097 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 27, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ376EQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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