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The 10 Best Pinoy Books of 2010 You Should Read—and Give Away
These top-shelf reads by the local literati deserve a spot on your shelf--or under the Christmas tree.
By: Andrea Pasion-Flores  |   Published on: Dec 17, 2010 - 10:57am


As 2010 comes to a close, asked Andrea Pasion-Flores, executive director of the National Book Development Board and herself an author and fictionist, to pick the most noteworthy Pinoy reads released this year that were penned by some of the most creative and controversial storytellers of our time.  Check out the page-turners that deserve a place on your bookshelf--or under the Christmas tree.



By Miguel Syjuco (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)

The reward in reading this ambitious novel is in the ending, so plough through the multiple narratives, and the disconcertion of reading the author portraying himself as the protagonist who weaves together novels, poetry, and essays of Crispin Salvador to solve the mystery of his death. While some might consider this award-winning novel difficult to read (nosebleed!), there is no doubt that it deserves all the recognition it has garnered.

Tall Story
By Candy Gourlay (Cacho Publishing House)

The heartbreak of leaving family members behind to work abroad and enduring years of separation may be an all too familiar scenario for Pinoys. While it might be considered too heavy for young readers, this is the art of Candy Gourlay. The author tells the story of basketball fan Andi, a young English girl whose 8- foot-tall Filipino stepbrother Bernardo was separated from her and their mom for 16 years while waiting for his papers to come through. Then one day, it finally happens--Andi and her stepbrother both find themselves in London. Things don't turn out as expected, and two siblings discover that sometimes, the unforeseen may be conquered with the power of shared wishes.


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  • ibarra
    Bakit wala dito yung SECRET OF THE EIGHTEEN MANSIONS ni MICLAT (Non-Fiction),published ng ANVIL PRESS? rnrnSpot,please explain!
    Dec 29 2010 @ 08:19pm     Reply  
  • irene
    Budgette Tan (of Trese) rocks!!
    Dec 22 2010 @ 12:32am     Reply  
  • miki l
    I'd go for Shadow Of Doubt
    Dec 21 2010 @ 11:34am     Reply  
  • scorched
    naputol ata yung nasabi ko. anyway, Palaspas: An Appreciation of Palm Leaf Art in the Philippines - gusto ko nito! Sana meron sa National Bookstore!
    Dec 21 2010 @ 09:44am     Reply  
  • scorched
    Palaspas: An Appreciation of Palm Leaf Art in the Philippines
    Dec 21 2010 @ 09:43am     Reply  
  • helpful
    hey badmotorfinger,rnrnAh Wilderness is published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, so it's available at their campus shop. It should also be in selected bookstores like Fully Booked and Powerbooks, or online at their website: Hope that helps.
    Dec 21 2010 @ 02:57am     Reply  
  • meg
    @badmotorfinger Published by Ateneo de Manila University Press, so most likely it's available in the campus bookstore.
    Dec 20 2010 @ 09:20pm     Reply  
  • badmotorfinger
    where can i find "Ah, Wilderness! A Journey Through Sacred Time." please help me.
    Dec 20 2010 @ 05:39pm     Reply  
  • bookworm
    Good to know our local publishers have been coming out with quality publications. Hope we can all support local books.
    Dec 20 2010 @ 04:29pm     Reply  
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