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'Wuhan Diary': Fighting and writing about the beautiful battle

May 25, 2020 - 7:07 PM

'We could have learned from the Wuhan experience but we never did and instead magnified the problems with our own stupidity and negligence.'

EPICENTER. A woman wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 1, 2020.  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

A review of Joel Rocamora’s 'Impossible is Not So Easy: A Life in Politics'

Mar 01, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'The book raises important questions like: Can a reformist be considered a leftist or a revolutionary? Can good people thrive in bad governments?'

A review of Walden Bello’s 'Counterrevolution'

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:00 AM

'I don’t think this kind of book can be written by just any sociologist (or political scientist). Intellectual discipline and clarity of this kind come only with a particular depth of political involvement and experience.'

A teen's thoughts on 'Si Janus Silang at ang Hiwagang may Dalawang Mukha'

Oct 09, 2019 - 9:58 AM

I remember about 4 years ago, I came home one day to find two new books from my father. It was parts one and two of the Janus Silang books. I loved them. I realized that the series has become a part of my life now.

Joanne Ramos' 'The Farm' is an eerie depiction of just how far OFWs would go for a loved one

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Joanne Ramos's debut novel is disturbingly close to the reality of many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

Review of 'Fire and Fury': The international implications

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:20 PM

'Fire and Fury does not diminish the presidency. The occupants of the White House did this on their own with damage to their own reputations'

FIRE AND FURY. Michael Wolff's book on the Trump administration is unflattering and controversial. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Alex Tizon and Auntie Lola: Rereading ‘Big Little Man’

May 21, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The book goes back and forth like a thrilling ping pong game about the myths and stereotypes not only of Filipino Americans but all Asian Americans and the author s own experience as the observer and the other

Harper Lee book flies out of stores – to mixed reviews

Jul 15, 2015 - 11:19 PM

Pre orders turned Go Set A Watchman into an overnight bestseller on Amazon but some readers are unhappy with how the novel turned out

Diaspora: Not national but local

May 29, 2014 - 6:30 PM

But what is interesting here is that home was not the Philippines but Haliap They missed the village not the nation; friends and relatives not fellow citizens

'If China can break off Vietnam, they've won South China Sea'

May 20, 2014 - 1:16 PM

The South China Sea shows maritime conflict may not necessarily lead to war but a careful interplay of soft power and hard power writes Robert Kaplan in his book Asia s Cauldron

ASIA'S CAULDRON: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

'Manhood for Amateurs': No-woman’s land

Jul 29, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Finally here is a book that shows me what it’s like to be a man

MUST-READ FOR GIRLS — AND BOYS. Will Staehle’s brilliant cover design for Michael Chabon’s book. Screen grab from courtesy of Florianne Jimenez

'World War Z': Compelling speculative history

Jul 01, 2013 - 2:12 PM

Reading the book will make you disappointed in the movie version because it shows you the material the director and screenwriters had to work with

NOT REDUNDANT TO THE MOVIE. Readers who approach 'World War Z' the novel expecting the freak factor of the film will be disappointed. Book cover image from the official 'World War Z' Facebook page

Pax Romana: Timely and striking

Mar 29, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Rappler reviews a philosophical comic book on the Roman Catholic Church

QUESTION OF HUBRIS. Pax Romana keeps us asking questions and challenges us to think. Screen shot courtesy of Carljoe Javier

Lepers in love: Monstress by Lysley Tenorio

Mar 11, 2013 - 11:52 AM

How do lepers fall in love? What went on in the minds of the men who beat up the Beatles? Let Lysley Tenorio give you the answers

PAINFUL, IN A GOOD WAY. Lysley Tenorio's 'Monstress' is a must-read

Review: A Bottle of Storm Clouds

Sep 23, 2012 - 3:44 AM

A RAPPLER contributor reviews the latest book from an award winning young Filipino author

IMAGE FROM THE COVER of A Bottle of Storm Clouds by Eliza Victoria from Visprint

A book for lost souls: 'Fated'

Aug 24, 2012 - 4:45 PM

A RAPPLER contributor reviews Alyson Noël s newest book

MEET YOUR FELLOW SOUL seeker, Daire, in Alyson Noël's 'Fated'