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‘A Window on Eternity’ finds joy in African park

Book Review A Window on Eternity

Biologist Edward O. Wilson doesn’t spend a lot of time in his exploration of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park on the American entrepreneur who sponsored its rebirth after a 14-year civil war. Instead, “A Window on Eternity” focuses on what is working among the animals in the park, and the result is a virtual nature walk through an African landscape.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Heaven is for Real’: Nonfiction book on life after death reaches screen

THE NEW film of Randall Wallace (“Braveheart” writer) is about the near-death experience of 4-year-old Colton, son of a Nebraska pastor-fireman (played by Greg Kinnear).

The faith of the small town in Nebraska is shaken when the son of Todd Burpo, a pastor cum firefighter, starts to see religious images and dead people after miraculously surviving an emergency surgery.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

James Rollins’ science soldiers


The modern world is in danger. Armed groups plan attacks. Nature unleashes disasters. How does one deal with these problems all at once? James Rollins has the answer—Sigma Force, and you can brief yourself using their latest operation, “The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel” (William Morrow, New York, 2013, 410 pages).

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Man Booker Prize winner is big on greed and love


Finishing some oversized books can be a chore. Other books are so outsized that getting to that last page requires exertion. But then there are the rare heavyweights that turn getting to the end into achievement.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

‘Doctor Who’s’ excellent fictional explorations


OF course, it’s a tricky question: “Who is Doctor Who?” The simple answer: “Doctor Who” is the longest running science-fiction television show in the world, though the series and its benevolent, alien, time-traveling protagonist, simply called “the Doctor,” are very much a proud British creation.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

‘Bone Deep’ not among White’s stronger offerings

This book cover image released by Putnam shows "Bone Deep," by Randy Wayne White. AP

Doc Ford, a secret agent masquerading as a Florida marine biologist, returns in a thriller that explores the secret world of relic hunters who illegally dig mammoth ivory, Indian artifacts and other prehistoric treasures from the depths of South Florida’s limestone deposits.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Dave Eggers breaks ‘The Circle’


Imagine a world where everyone is monitored, where all information is accessible. That sounds very much like the premise of George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” but it is also the utopia promised by Dave Eggers’ new book, “The Circle: A Novel” (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2013, 491 pages).

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

‘Allegiant’s’ endless revolution


“One choice will define you.” That is the way Veronica Roth’s book jacket for “Allegiant” (HarperCollins, New York, 2013, 526 pages) reads, this being the final chapter in Roth’s popular young adult trilogy that commenced with 2011’s “Divergent.”   Coming hot on the heels of an exploding YA market and, most notably, Suzanne Collins’ magnificently [...]

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

James Lee Burke’s latest novel is a superb crime story

Book Review Light of the World

The themes in James Lee Burke’s lyrical, allegorical crime novels rarely change, but each new book delves more deeply into them, revealing an author who is increasingly troubled about human nature and the American character but unwilling to abandon hope for redemption.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Rich, Asian and crazy


Kevin Kwan is right in quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald in his article for The Daily Beast, where I first heard of his novel, “Crazy Rich Asians”: “The rich are different from you and me.”

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Review: ‘Sisterland’ a perfect beach read

"Sisterland," by Curtis Sittenfeld is an ideal beach read.  AP PHOTO/RANDOM HOUSE

To characterize Curtis Sittenfeld’s new novel, “Sisterland,” as an ideal beach read isn’t meant as an insult. The author of “American Wife,” a fantastic account of a protagonist clearly modeled after Laura Bush who ascends from a small town in Wisconsin to the White House, is a skilled storyteller.

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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  5. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  6. Sweet party for Andi Manzano
  7. Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  8. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  9. Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  10. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
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  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
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  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
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  8. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  9. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  10. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
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  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
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  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
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