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The ADMU Lady Eagles overpowered UST in 4 sets, ousting the Golden Tigresses and advancing to the V-League finalsread more
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Visually breath-taking and action-packed, Star Trek: Into Darkness will please casual and hardcore fans alike.read more
The Story of Britain by Patrick Dillon.
Those monarchs look decent but they are more vicious than most of us 'commoners'.
IN STITCHES: A MEMOIR - ANTHONY YOUN, M.D.
TONY YOUN learned early on that cool has a short shell life. One of two Asian-American kids in a small midwestern town, he was tall and think with Coke-bottle glasses, Hannibal Lecter headgear, a bowl cut, and a protruding jaw that grew even faster than his comic-book collection. He spent weekends doing homework and playing tennis with his Korean father, who decreed his son would be successful only if he became a surgeon: "Doctor never get fired."
All Tony ever wanted was to fit in. He finally got his chance when, as his friends ended senior year in a flurry of parties, he lay strapped in an oral surgeon's chair having his jaw broken and reset; It was a brutal makeover that led him to his calling --- making him realize how changing your appearance can so profoundly affect your life.
In this humorous and heartwarming memoir, Tony shares how the angst, the flubs, the triumphs, the nonstop studying, the intermittent heavy drinking, the sexual frustration, and the dear friends of the next four years helped him resurrect his confidence and find his true self. He entered medical school a shy, skinny nerd with no nerve, no game, and no clue. He left a plastic surgeon.
From awkward conversations with his father ("You want to be a pediatrician? Little people, little dollah! Spend all day giving suckers to little babies!") to the tiny, defenseless patient who helped Tony that elusive question from the first day of medical school (Why do you want to be a doctor?) In Stitches is teh samrt, poignant, and hysterical story of a kid who found the best in himself by bringing out the best in others and finally learned to be comfortable in his own skin.
Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle - by Ingrid Betancourt
Almost everyone knew about her captivity and rescue but this book tells her story in all heart-rending details. It kept me awake the whole Sunday.
If you want a movie-like action/drama, this book is definitely it!
(willing to share kindle version)
In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Kessler
It's not so bad but could be more interesting. I learned about the real characters of past U.S. presidents through the anecdotes provided by the ss agents.
Currently reading Challenger Revealed : An Insider’s Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age by Richard C. Cook.
Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst by Daniel Reingold
Insightful. The author is not part of the greedy pack and he obviously had a bone to pick with his industry rival, so his narration may be a little biased. (have this in kindle format)
It's still a good read but not as good and riveting as Inside Out by Dennis Levine, as this author was the wall street fellow responsible for bringing down Ivan Boesky and consequently, Mike Milken. (have this in paperback)
The Outliers - by Malcolm Gladwell.
I read it because our boss asked us to read it and it was actually very interesting.
Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas.
The book served as the basis for the movie "Munich".
While there have been some doubts on the authenticity of the "Avner" character and if the missions actually took place, it still is a good read.
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS - REBECCA SKLOOT
Her name is Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells --- taken without her knowledge --- became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons --- as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances life in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the "colored" ward of John Hopkins Hospital in the 1950's to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, from Henrietta's small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia --- a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo --- to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.
Henrietta's family did not learn of her "immortal" until more than twenty years after death, when scientists investigation HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skollot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family --- past and present --- is extricably connected to the dark history of experimentation of African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family --- especially Henrietta's daughter Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother's cells. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? ANd if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn't her children afford health insurance?
Intimate in feelings, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
A CHILD CALLED "IT" - DAVE PEZLER
A Child Called "It" is the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutually beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother; a mother who played torturous, unpredictable games --- games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it".
Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of fodd, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. he had nothing and no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive --- dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.
Through each struggle you'll find yourself enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the truth about child abuse --- and the ability we all have to make a difference.
NIGHT - ELIE WIESEL
NIGHT - A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, NIGHT awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must neve be allowed to happen again.
I Woz. by Steve Wozniak.
I've known bits and pieces about his life and accomplishments, but it's difficult not to love this genius after reading his autobiography.
Not a dull moment in this book.
Just finished reading The Porcelain God. Very interesting book on the development of indoor plumbing and sanitation since the ancient times. By Julie Horan.
I have this in pdf format.
Gives a good perspective on the comforts we have in the 'modern world' and for people hankering for the good ol' days. Indoor plumbing rules!
I want to read. Just don't have time and I have 4-5 books in my queue.
If you guys are interested in Conspiracy Theories, currently reading this one:
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base - Annie Jacobsen
Pegasus Bridge: June 6 1944 by Stephen Ambrose
Information-packed history on the first day of Normandy Invasion. This is about the few heroic commandos who bravely parachuted down behind the enemy line to secure the ever-important bridge that served to link the allied forces.
Well-written and descriptive. This book brought about a high degree of respect for those WWII heroes in me.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
A very interesting read about an amazing genius and visionary.
Makes you wonder if the current Apple management can replicate his success.
Too bad the guy kicked the bucket too early.
^same as above. Steve Jobs biography.
Had it a few days before its major release in the Philippines, got it off by reservation at Fully Booked. Finished reading the whole 600-page book in 10 days; read it during lectures, before waiting for class to start, at bed and out of it.
What can I say, the man is inspiring.
BONO IN CONVERSATION - MICHKA ASSAYAS
Bono's career is unlike any other in rock history. As the lead singer of U2, he has sold 130 million albums, won fourteen Grammys, played numerous sold-out world tours; but he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Nelson Mandela, on debt relief, AIDS, and other critical global matters. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982. His life, at all turns, resists the rock-star cliches.
In a series of intimate conversations with his friend Michka Assayas, a music journalist who has been with the band since the beginning, Bono reflects on his transformation from extrovert singer of a small Irish post-punk band into one of the most famous individuals in the world; and from international celebrity to influential spokesperson for the Third World. He speaks candidly about his faith, family, and bandmates, his commitment, influences, service, and passion. Bono: In Conversation is the closest we will come, for now, to a memoir from the iconic front man of U2