Until you’ve consumed all of the best Tom Robbins books, can you even claim to be a true fan?
1. Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel (1990)
is an epic.Which is to say, it begins in the forests of ancient Bohemia and doesn’t conclude until nine o’clock tonight (Paris time).It is a saga, as well. A saga must have a hero, and the hero of this one is a janitor with a missing bottle.The bottle is blue, very, very old, and embossed with the image of a goat-horned god. If the liquid in the bottle actually is the secret essence of the universe, as some folks seem to think, it had better be discovered soon because it is leaking and there is only a drop or two left….
2. Still Life with Woodpecker: A Novel (1990)
Still Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders. It also deals with the problem of redheads….
3. Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (2000)
Paperback Publisher: Bantam Books 2000; Trade Paperback Edition edition (2000) Language: English ISBN-10: 1863252649 ISBN-13: 978-1863252645 Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches Shipping Weight: 1 pounds Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 277 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,728,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #392188 in Contemporary Literature & Fiction Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
4. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: A Novel (1990)
The whooping crane rustlers are girls. Young girls. Cowgirls, as a matter of fact, all “bursting with dimples and hormones”—and the FBI has never seen anything quite like them. Yet their rebellion at the Rubber Rose Ranch is almost overshadowed by the arrival of the legendary Sissy Hankshaw, a white-trash goddess literally born to hitchhike, and the freest female of them all.Freedom, its prizes and its prices, is a major theme of Tom Robbins’s classic tale of eccentric adventure. As his robust characters attempt to turn the…
5. Another Roadside Attraction: A Novel (1990)
What if the Second Coming didn’t quite come off as advertised? What if “the Corpse” on display in that funky roadside zoo is really who they say it is—what does that portend for the future of western civilization? And what if a young clairvoyant named Amanda reestablishes the flea circus as popular entertainment and fertility worship as the principal religious form of our high-tech age? Another Roadside Attraction answers those questions and a lot more. It tell us, for example, what the sixties were truly all about, not by reporting on the psychedelic decade but by recreating it,…
6. Skinny Legs and All: A Novel (1995)
An Arab and a Jew open a restaurant together across the street from the United Nations…It sounds like the beginning of an ethnic joke, but it’s the axis around which spins Tom Robbins’s gutsy, fun-loving, and alarmingly provocative new novel, in which a bean can philosophizes, a dessert spoon mystifies, a young waitress takes on the New York art world, and a rowdy redneck welder discovers the lost god of Palestine—while the illusions that obscure humanity’s view of the true universe fall away, one by one, like Salome’s veils. deals, in Robbins’s…
Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins’ legendary memoir–wild tales of his 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,…
8. Villa Incognito: A Novel (2004)
Imagine there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women share a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine them part of a novel that only Tom Robbins could create—a magically crafted work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat. But no matter how hard you try, you’ll never imagine what you’ll find inside the Villa Incognito: a tilt-a-whirl of identity, masquerade, and disguise that dares to pull off “the false mustache of the…
9. Wild Ducks Flying Backward (2006)
Known for his meaty seriocomic novels, Tom Robbins’s shorter work has appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Harper’s, from Playboy to the New York Times. Collected here for the first time in paperback, the essays, articles, observations—and even some untypical country-music lyrics—offer a rare overview of the eclectic sensibility of an American original. Whether rocking with the Doors, depoliticizing Picasso’s Guernica, lamenting the angst-ridden state of contemporary literature, or drooling over tomato sandwiches and a species of womanhood he calls “the genius…
10. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas: A Novel (1995)
When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you—an ambitious, although ineffectual and not entirely ethical young broker—are convinced that you’re facing the Weekend from Hell. Before the market reopens on Monday, you’re going to have to scramble and scheme to cover your butt, but there’s no way you can anticipate the baffling disappearance of a 300-pound psychic, the fall from grace of a born-again monkey, or the intrusion in your life of a tattooed stranger intent on blowing your mind and most of your fuses. Over these fateful three days, you will be forced to confront everything from…
11. B Is for Beer. Tom Robbins (2010)
Tom Robbins’ first fiction in five years (and perhaps his most audacious ever), B is for Beer explores various aspects of beer culture – ancient, modern, and otherworldly; brutal, infantile and divine – and dramatises the surprising things that happen when the life of a feisty nursery school kid named Gracie Perkel intersects with each. Billed by Robbins as ‘the first children’s book about beer’, this inspired work taps into the barrel of life’s existential mysteries and is truly meant to sit proudly with his other novels in grown-up literature sections….
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13. Love and Other Pranks (2017)
“May be the single wildest novel I’ve ever read. It rings the cosmic gong on so many levels, turns so many stereotypes inside out, one scarcely knows what to do but hold on and enjoy the ride. And enjoy it I did.” —TOM ROBBINS Acclaimed for his surreal, satirical vision and his “consistently dazzling” (Kirkus Reviews) writing style, cult favorite Tony Vigorito stretches the boundaries of storytelling beyond all limits with his long-awaited third novel. A quest to find the treasure of all treasures launches this swashbuckling tale of romance and high adventure across three centuries and takes you on a hilarious and visionary…
Since the publication of Another Roadside Attraction in 1971, Tom Robbins (b. 1932) has become known as the principal voice of American countercultural fiction. His cult celebrity was further solidified by the success of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) and Still Life with Woodpecker (1980). Robbins’s mix of vivid language, ribald humor, philosophical musings, controversial commentary on religion and sexuality, and concentration on female protagonists and feminine consciousness has marked almost all of his fiction, as well as his short writings. Despite his undeserved reputation as 1960s hippie…
15. Reincarnation Blues: A Novel (2018)
First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try? Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to “get it right.” Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything. Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn’t make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her. More than just Milo’s lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living—as he…
Best Tom Robbins Books Everyone Should Read
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The Quiet Center: Isolation and Spirit
Author(s): John Cunningham Lilly, Phillip Bailey Lilly, Tom Robbins
Publisher: Ronin Publishing, Year: 2003, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
Author(s): Tom Robbins
Publisher: Bantam Books, Year: 2003, Size: 495 Kb, Download: epub
Skinny Legs and All
Author(s): Tom Robbins
Publisher: Bantam, Year: 2003, Size: 652 Kb, Download: epub
Secrets of the tomb : Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power
Author(s): Robbins, Alexandra
Publisher: , Year: 2003, Size: 32 Kb, Download: pdf
Secrets of the tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power
Author(s): Robbins, Alexandra
Publisher: Back Bay Books, Year: 2003, Size: 446 Kb, Download: epub
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