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Tom Robbins’ Tibetan Peach Pie (Review & Giveaway)

About Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life*, Tom Robbins simply states “This is not an autobiography.” Before reading this, I didn’t know much about his personal life and his upbringing, though I’m surprised that I never even looked up his history. I started and ended my relationship with Tom Robbins with Still Life with Woodpecker, a favorite book of a good friend of mine.

I loved Still Life With Woodpecker—an attempt to answer the important question: how to make love stay. And I loved loved seeing it on Hysterical Literature (Warning: Not Safe For Work). I felt like Tibetan Peach Pie contextualized Woodpecker—at least in terms of Robbins’ style and approach to writing. I hadn’t read anything much similar to his stuff, aside from Vonnegut, maybe, but even then, they are quite different from each other. Just from this book alone, I don’t think there’s any doubt that Robbins had an unconventional childhood. He grew up in the Appalachian region during the Great Depression, and this book stumbles across certain points of his life, somewhat randomly collected and gathered into casual themes and common threads. At 82, he has a lot of stories up his sleeve, and it’s a wonder (and a joy!) that he has not forgotten them.

Described as a non-memoir that “waddles and quacks enough like a memoir to be mistaken for one if the light isn’t right,” Tibetan Peach Pie is a collection of stories Robbins has been telling “the women in [his] life,” arranged according to his life’s timeline. And what a life it is. After a childhood straight out of a Robbins novel, he went on to go to college, write under Tom Wolfe’s editorship at his college paper, drop out to find himself, become an art critic, all before even starting on his fiction. And that’s just the start of it.

I wasn’t alive or capable of much (haha) when Robbins’ novels catapulted into near cult-ish love and adoration, but I can imagine what comfort they’ve given those who lived in those times. I loved learning about his life and how he came to be Tom Robbins, and it even pushed me into adding some of his other novels on my to-read list. There are times when his stories feel repetitive, or his writing feels like “too much,” but for the most part, it was a very welcome look into an imaginative life, fueled by a highly imaginative mind. I love that the chapters are quite short, because I think that this book is best ingested in small doses.



I’ve got (2) Copies of Tom Robbins’ Tibetan Peach Pie to give away, courtesy of Fully Booked. This contest is open to everyone who lives anywhere and is able to pick up the copy of the book from the Fully Booked BGC branch. If you or a proxy can claim the book if you win, please feel free to enter. I will not be shipping out any copies, sorry.

Mechanics can be found here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners, each of whom will win (1) copy, are picked randomly using Rafflecopter, regardless of the answer in the comments. I will contact the winners via email once the contest period is over. If after 24 hours and a follow up, I don’t get a response, I will pick another winner. Please use a valid email address when entering this contest, so we don’t run into issues. Thank you. :)

* Copies of the book were provided by Fully Booked.

Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins is available in Fully Booked.

  • Dani Jones

    I actually haven’t read this yet, but I fully intend to. He’s such a nut.
    Also, you should really for sure read Jitterbug Perfume. I think I actually like it better than Still Life (and I have words from Still Life permanently affixed to my body).
    Also also, I totally understand what you mean about his writing feeling like “too much” at times. It’s like he gets word-drunk and can’t stop And yet, I adore his work. We all have our flaws, haha.

    • HE’S TOTALLY A NUT. In the best way, I think. I’ll look at that! :) What do you have inked?

      • Dani Jones

        I have “There’s no point in saving the world if it means losing the moon.” tattooed on my foot in my best friend’s handwriting, as he was the one who showed me the book, and also his handwriting looks like graffiti.

  • rjuana

    Hi Carina, I use feedly and for reasons I don’t know, your updates are not coming up. :/

    • Hi rjuana, thanks for letting me know. :) My blog kind of disappeared some time last year and when I started putting it back online, I took out the “/blog” at the end. I think re-following “” instead will fix the problem for you. :)

  • It’s not a book – or maybe it is? – but it’s a required reading for two of my classes this semester. I’m currently reading Ways of Seeing by Berger many times over while I rest from the mild intellectual unrest that is Odd Girl Out. It’s an easier piece for me because at least I have two classes to dismantle it with.

    Also, I just really need a book I could take in in small doses to take me away from the pile of readings I’m required to read. College requiring me to read things 25/7 has taken away the joy in reading in me :< ya feeeeel

    • Both sound interesting! I feeeel, haha. Here’s to you finding a great book to get lost in!

  • Jeanne Cayanan

    Hi Carina! I am currently reading Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite. I have made a list from your Books posts and I can’t wait to read them! :)

    • Hope you find something you like!

  • Rochelle

    I’m currently reading The Geography of You and Me.

    • How’s it? :)

      • Rochelle

        It was okay. I mean, it was sweet smh, but I felt like there was something missing.

  • Pat

    Hi Carina! I’m currently reading “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction” by J.D. Salinger :)

    • That’s on my TBR pile!

  • Camille Quiambao

    i’m currently reading “everything is illuminated” :)

    twitter: cgquiambao

    • That’s a beautiful book, I hope you’re enjoying it. :)

  • Lin

    @presidents: Shet bigla kong naalala na 26 na ako. Paano nangyari to.
    Me: Ako din 26 na! *panics*

    Hi, Carina! :-)

  • Elisse Campos

    I am reading David Sedaris’s Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. I probably chose it because it connects Owls to Diabetes, which is kinda strange.

    • Hope you’re enjoying it!

  • Phoebe Ruth M. Roberto

    Hi! Just finished the short story of Scott Westerfeld ‘Stupid Perfect World’ and now looking for a new book to read. :)

    • Thanks for sharing :)

  • Canna C.

    Now re-reading: ATLAS SHRUGGED :)

    • Ahaha I’ve never read it :( But I love re-reading books. Enjoy!

  • Kim A.

    Currently reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov! :)

  • Bea Asuncion

    Currently reading An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington.

  • Chelsea

    currently reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai! :-)

  • I’m about to start reading The Possibility of Miracles by Wendy Wunder :)

    • Aw, I liked that book a lot! Hope you’re enjoying it :)

  • Kim Jong Chay

    I’ve just finished reading Wonder, now I’m starting another Wonder book which is Julian Chapter.

    • Cool, thanks for sharing :)

  • Cheruyaa

    Just finished After The Quake by Haruki Murakami and now starting Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! :)

    • Miss Peregrine’s on my TBR list :)

  • Janine Albano

    I am currently reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart! :-)

    • Enjoy! I love E. Lockhart :)

  • Rosemarie Calderon

    I just finished reading Francesca Zappia’s Made You Up, and it was a really interesting read. I’ll be reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One next. :)

    • Cool, thanks for sharing!

  • Kathrice Doll Medina Marayag

    To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is currently under my nose! :-)

    • EEP I LOVE THAT. So lucky that the next book just came out!

  • xeilamasz

    Been reading classic books these days. I’m currently reading Of Mice and Men. Next is Sense and Sensibility.

    • That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing :) I have a lot of trouble paying attention to classics, haha.

  • Tina Jauin

    Still reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

    • I sped through that book haha. Enjoy!

  • I’m currently reading Gone Girl, as well as this huge-ass book Infinite Jest. Juggling them in between acads. :-)

    • Omggg haha I haven’t even attempted Infinite Jest, though I do love DFW. Good luck and enjoy!

  • Mylaine Garcia

    I have a bunch of stuff on my to-read list and progressed a bit when I finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Am now trying to plow through House of Leaves and this one book I can’t recall right now.

    • House of Leaves scared the shit out of me. How are you doing with it?

      • Mylaine Garcia

        I may or may not have taken a break from reading, haha. I live in a very old house. My poor heart~

  • guiltysaint

    I finished reading ‘Unnatural Creatures’: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman last night. And it was awesome!!!! The book made me feel I’m back to being 12 or 14. Haha.
    I’m about to read ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte.
    I’m also participating in the 2015 Reading Challenge, and hopefully, ‘Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life’ will be part of it. ;)

    • Cool! I’ve never read Bronte. Haha fingers crossed for you, then

  • Ali Caronongan

    I’m currently reading William Boyd’s “Any Human Heart” (and I hope to finish it before my birthday next week).

    • Good luck and advanced happy birthday!

  • ghirlieee

    I’m currently reading The Selection! I can’t believe that I’m missing such good books like this (and it has series pa!) PS. It will be in cinemas, too. So exciting! ♥

    • Cool, thanks for sharing!

  • Janella Beverly D. Hodreal

    I am currently reading The One by Kiera Cass! Oh gosh, I so love her books! Can’t wait to see her again on my birthday <3

    • Awesome, thanks for sharing :)

  • Tere Cruz-Tenorio

    Currently reading “Fight Club 2” by Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart. Can’t wait for Issue #2.

    • Whoa, didn’t even know that was a thing. Thanks for sharing!

  • g ocay

    Currently reading A Lion Among Men (third book from The Wicked Years) by Gregory Maguire

    • Cool, thanks for sharing!

  • Reading a book I borrowed from my sister: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. :)