By: Ruel S. De Vera
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:24 am | Monday, December 19th, 2011
In alphabetical order:
“Ambition Destiny Victory: Stories from a Presidential Election” by Chay F. Hofileña and Miriam Grace A. Go (Cacho Publishing House)
“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)
“In the Garden of the Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson (Crown Publishers)
“A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire Book Five” by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)
“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday) may be the year’s single most magical book.
“Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human” by Grant Morrison (Spiegel & Grau)
“Lumayo Ka nga sa Akin” by Bob Ong (Visual Print Enterprises)
“Before Ever After: A Novel” by Samantha Sotto (Crown)
“Trese Vol. 4: Last Seen After Midnight” by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo (Visprint)
“It’s a Mens World” by Bebang Siy (Anvil Publishing)
A sensationally refreshing voice, Bebang Siy brings outrageous observation and pitch-perfect timing to this smile-inducing yet poignant collection of writing about pretty much everything in her life. In friendly Filipino, she’s also fearless (writing about sexuality and trauma) and funny (writing about pretty much everything else). There, too, are poignant memories of growing up lower-middle-class, all of it draped with Bebang’s distinctive wit and capacity for wonderment.
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Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng sumuporta. Maraming salamat din po kay Sir Ruey de Vera!