5 great new books, for starters

Welcome! As I say in my About page, this blog is (er, will be):

  • A collection of commentary on contemporary work (books, articles, films, etc.) by/about/featuring Filipinos.
  • A series of book recommendations for everyone who is Filipino, or has lived with/is living with/hopes to live with one.
  • An attempt to grapple with the burdens and blessings of being Filipino in the U.S. today.

Please check back as I post entries on noteworthy books published in 2010, including:

This should give you a flavor of the kind of books I get excited about. If you know of others (that fall into my fuzzy category), please share them by leaving a comment or e-mailing me at: pinayobserver@gmail.com.

Happy reading!

(*Erratum: Apologies for the mind slip. Thanks to astute commenter for the catch!)

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5 Comments on “5 great new books, for starters”

  1. scout says:

    Perhaps you would also like Ninotchka Rosca’s State of War and F. Sionil Jose’s Rosales Saga. As for science fiction, I heard that Neal Stephenson’s Anathem is pretty good.

  2. found 1 typographical error. says:

    Actually her name is Dr. Connie Mariano
    , not Dr. Connie Mercado. Please correct this minor error soon.

  3. krna82 says:

    Same recommendations I gave a friend last year re: favorite books by Filipino authors:

    1. F. Sionil Jose’s Rosales novels. “Mass” is well-written and has some light existentialist views.
    2. Lualhati Bautista. Dekada ’70 got me hooked. Apparently, she also writes pulp romance novels (e.g. Precious Hearts Romances). I have an embarrassing guilty pleasure for Precious Hearts Romances. Hahahaha.
    3. Jun Cruz Reyes. His most recent novel (“Ang Huling Dalagang Bukid At Ang Authobiography Na Mali: Isang Imbestigasyon”) is also from a post-modern POV much like Ilustrado.


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