Dusty Book: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

Sadly, many of my favorite lines from this book are unquotable. Robbins’ irreverent sense of humor is in full force in this 1976 road novel. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues star Sissy Hankshaw was born to hitchhike. (Literally. Her thumbs are the size of watermelons. She has to wear a jumpsuit so that she can just drag the zipper down with one of her fingers. No fussy buttons for this girl.) Her travels take her to New York where she becomes the signature model for a line of feminine hygiene products and out West where she meets an uninhibited cowgirl named Bonanza Jellybean. Every encounter is an opportunity for Robbins to interject one of his trademark ruminations on everything  from binary fission to the nature of time. Think of Robbins as Christopher Moore’s crazy old coot godfather and hang on for the ride.



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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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