Non-Fiction

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE BRIDE’S SOUL

  I am an anxious bride-to-be. With only two weeks left before the big day, and as much as I want to be calm and cool, I just can’t, as evidenced by the appearance of rashes on my legs and back. Experience tells me that my skin allergies always enjoy making a show whenever I am stressed out. So, reading this book has served, indeed,  as a “chicken soup” to my restless soul. The stories included in this edition of the renowned Chicken Soup for the Soul have made me laugh, some made me teary-eyed, but most of all, they taught me life lessons that I can live with for the rest of my marriag...
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‘TIS/Frank McCourt

‘Tis is the second and final instalment of Frank McCourt’s bittersweet account of his life as an Irish immigrant in New York. I love this book as much as I love Angela’s Ashes, which is the first half of this very interesting memoir. In ‘Tis, Mr. McCourt continues to chronicle the events of his colorful life on the first day he sets foot on the land of his dreams, America. In this book, we read about Frank’s adventures and misadventures as a naive and awkward young man in New York polishing the floors of Biltmore hotel, being drafted as a soldier and sent to Germany to type reports even thoug...
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ANGELA’S ASHES/Frank McCourt

If there is anything more harrowing than spending your childhood in abject poverty, living out on the dole, having sugar and water for food, living in a rat-infested house that stinks, and seeing your siblings die one by one before your very eyes, I don’t know what is. But these and a lot more have colored Frank McCourt’s childhood in the rainy, wet streets of Limerick, Ireland. Angela’s Ashes is a memoir of a childhood of Irish-American teacher, Frank McCourt, and won the Pulitzer prize in 1997. I don’t usually read memoirs or autobiographies, in fact I think I have never read any memoir bef...
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ANA’S STORY: A JOURNEY OF HOPE/Jenna Bush

What I love about reading is that it does not only entertain but it educates as well. There are many things I have learned through reading which I may not learn anywhere else. I must say though that most of the books that I really like are those that make me emotional – those that leave me breathless with suspense or make me cry buckets of tears. Indeed, I rate a book highly if it has affected me emotionally such as when I get too attached to the characters or when I am totally caught by surprise by the unexpected plot twists. These emotional attachments are most often results of reading fict...
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COLUMBINE/Dave Cullen

There were a lot of things I do not know about Columbine before I have read this book by journalist Dave Cullen. For sometime, the term “Columbine” evoked from my mind images of carnage and blood and psycho killers and a Christian martyr and aside from these, I have no further knowledge. So upon seeing a hardcover copy of Columbine one random Booksale visit, I curiously browsed through the pages and decided to buy it. A Php60 hardbound book certainly doesn’t hurt much, right? ;) In 1999, I was a 17 year-old struggling freshman in the university, battling homesickness and peer pressure and ...
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