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‘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 »

Sex! Incest! AIDS! Suicide! Promiscuity! –It’s a new John Irving novel, folks


Leading American novelist John Irving blew into town in January 2011 and the Inquirer gals went gaga over him. He is now a senior citizen (born in 1942) but apparently still handsome and sexy, going by his flattering photo on Page 1 of this newspaper in the Jan. 11 issue that year. (Less flattering is the photo on his latest book, where he looks gaunt and shows his age.)

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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  2. Lover’s quarrel linked to hunger – study
  3. Encounter with a ‘Mangkukulam’
  4. ‘Kamias’ for fever, ‘siling labuyo’ for headache–first aid in the kitchen
  5. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  6. Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. ‘Heaven is for Real’: Nonfiction book on life after death reaches screen
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors


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  • Sports

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  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

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  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Mommy-daughter adventure continues
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
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  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

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  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
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