Books About A.A. Milne and Winnie-The-Pooh

The Brilliant Career of Winnie-the-Pooh: the Story of A.A. Milne and His Writings for Children by Ann Thwaite (1992) - This is a biography every A.A. Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh fan should have. Ann Thwaite has already written a biography of A.A. Milne in 1990. So this book is some sort of a supplementary book for said biography. However, this book is more focused on Winnie-the-Pooh, Milne's most famous creation. This book is filled with hundreds of photographs and illustrations, some of which are in color. This alone makes the book priceless. Many of these photographs and illustrations were first released to the public through this book. This biography also has newspaper clippings, letters, cartoons, and excerpts from Milne's other lesser-known writings for children.

A.A. Milne: His Life by Ann Thwaite (1990) - Thwaite did her homework in researching and writing this biography. Because the book is exhaustive. I say that in a very positive way. I mean Thwaite went the extra mile to produce a book that gives you almost everything you need to know about A.A. Milne. If you are good to read a biography of Milne, this is the one you should get your hands on. After reading this work, you can consider yourself an expert on all things Milne. It's a rather thick book so it's recommended that you take your time reading it. It's a sophisticated biography of a sophisticated public figure written by a sophisticated biographer. This book still stands as the gold standard in Milne biographies.

Dear Distance: Stories by Luis Joaquin M. Katigbak (Book)

Dear Distance: Stories is a collection of short stories written by Luis Joaquin M. Katigbak. The book was originally published by Anvil Publishing in 2016. The collection contains 20 stories. Katigbak died on April 20, 2016 at the age of 41, shortly after the first publication of Dear Distance.

Here are the 20 stories in the collection:

1. Subterrania
2. Visitors
3. It's Not Me
4. Little Fears
5. Passengers
6. Knowledge
7. Afterlife with Astrid
8. More Than I Ever Wanted Anything
9. Silences
10. Day Devoid
11. Tell the Sky
12. The Girl on the Bus
13. We Built This Robot
14. The Editorial Meeting
15. Tell Me Do, Something True
16. Robot Boy and Hepa
17. Sabado, 1995
18. Planetarium
19. And You Tell Me '87
20. Dear Distance

About the Author (from the book):

Luis Joaquin M. Katigbak (26 July 1974 - 20 April 2016) was the author of The King of Nothing to Do (Milflores Publishing, 2006), a collection of essays, and Happy Endings (University of the Philippines Press, 2006), a collection of short stories. Both were nominated for National Book Awards by the Manila Critics Circle. He won numerous honors for his writing, including four Palanca Awards, a Philippine Graphic Prize, and a Young Artists' Grant from the NCCA.

Luis worked in TV and advertising, and taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines. He was associate editor for Esquire Philippines from 2011-2015, and was also a well-known music critic. He wrote a weekly column for the Philippine Star, called "Senses Working Overtime".

Luis was hospitalized in December 2015 for complications from diabetes, and passed away on April 20, 2016 at the age of 41, shortly after the publication of Dear Distance.

At the end of the book, Katigbak wrote a section called "Some Notes on the Stories" where he talks about his inspirations for the stories in the collection. Here's that section:

Some of these stories were sparked by sights or sounds by other people, some of them approach the character of collaborations.

"Visitors" was inspired by an exhibit by Gabby Barredo; "Tell the Sky" was inspired by the work of Yvonne Quisimbing; "Little Fears" by the photographs of Frankie Callaghan. I asked Noelle Pico to dash off some lyrics to suit the lost fictional '80s rock star of "More Than I Ever Wanted Anything". "Tell Me Do..." was inspired by an illustration by Dave Yogore. "It's Not Me" was inspired by the album Identity Theft, by the band Drip (Beng Calma, Ian Magbanua, Malek Lopez, Caliph8, and Mark Laccay, at the time). "Sabado, 1995" was inspired by the Eraserheads song "Sabado" and "1995", and the '90s in general.

Many of these stories drew more directly from personal occurrences, from my life, and the lives of loved ones. If you know me in real life, you may recognize an incident or anecdote here and there. For everything borrowed without permission, you have my utmost gratitude, and, where appropriate, my sheepish apologies.

Dear Distance: Stories by Luis Joaquin . Katigbak

Dear Distance: Stories by Luis Joaquin . Katigbak

Dear Distance: Stories by Luis Joaquin . Katigbak

Hero of Bataan: The Story of General Jonathan M. Wainwright by Duane Schultz (Book)

Hero of Bataan: The Story of General Jonathan M. Wainwright is a book written by the American author Duane Schultz. It was published by St. Martin's Press in 1981.

Description from the book's dust jacket:

"Remember Bataan! Remember Corregidor!" These words rallied a nation in the first dark days of World War II. When defeat screamed from every headline, "Skinny" Wainwright led the ragged troops of the U.S. Army in the Philippines into battle again and again, disrupting Japan's timetable for the conquest of the Pacific. With dwindling supplies, little food, no air force or navy, and outmoded weapons from World War I, Wainwright fought a modern, well-equipped army to a standstill for almost five months. His actions were called a triumph in the face of overwhelming odds, as fine as any military action in history.

General Wainwright was the man MacArthur left behind when he was ordered to leave the hopelessly surrounded American garrison holding off the Japanese. He was also the highest-ranking American captive in World War II, though he had to endure scanty rations, beatings, and emotional harassments as a POW until the end of the war. His return - as a haggard, frail, and yet still-proud soldier - brought him a fourth star and the Medal of Honor. It also resulted in an outpouring of patriotism on a national scale unmatched until the recent return of the hostages from Iran.

Duane Schultz has written a superb history of the struggle for Bataan and Corregidor. He has combed through military files, captured documents, and personal diaries of scores of army personnel who served in the Philippines. In addition, he has interviewed dozens of men and women who span Wainwright's career from his West Point class of 1906 to his death in 1953 to tell this story - the story of a genuine, old-fashioned American hero.

About the Author (text from the book):

Duane Schultz is Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida. His latest World War II books are Wake Island: The Heroic Gallant Fight, a feature of the Military Book Club, and Sabers in the Wind, a novel about the forced repatriation of the Cossacks. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

List of Photographs
List of Maps
1. An Old-Fashioned Hero
2. Back in Harness
3. Days of Empire
4. The Cat Has Jumped
5. A Bold Gamble
6. A Symbol of Forlorn Hope
7. And Nobody Gives a Damn
8. The End Here Will be Brutal and Bloody
9. They Are Leaving Us One by One
10. The Troops on Bataan are Fast Folding Up
11. All Hell's Gonna Break Loose
12. Goodbye, Mr. President
13. I Have Taken a Dreadful Step
14. Sold Down the River
15. I Am Hungry All the Time
16. How Long, Oh Lord, How Long?
17. Day of Glory
18. Alone in His Hero's Cage
Wainwright's People

The Fashionista's Book of Enlightenment by Carlomar Arcangel Daoana (Poetry Book)

The Fashionista's Book of Enlightenment is a collection of poems by Carlomar Arcangel Daoana that was published in 2009 by Designed by Words Co. The collection contains 43 poems. Some of the poems have been previously published in other publications and anthologies (i.e. Ani, At Home in Unhomeliness, Dark Blue Southern Seas, Ladlad 3, Likhaan 3, Montage, Philippines Free Press, Tomas).


"This fine collection of forty-three poems is a gathering of odes and elegies to the grand frailties of the world: from missed relatives and pets, visited cities, to the many failures of the body as it continues enduring the daily grind of modern city-living. The poems in The Fashionista's Book of Enlightenment are driven by a formal, often detached (half-mocking?) tone that meticulously details chance encounters with strangers and instances of intimacy. Daoana delights in chronicling the many posturing and elaborate decorations of the high society, and is openly scornful at the artificial and heavily made-up. From couplets to experimentations with the prose-poem form, this book offers myriad themes that mostly revolve around a hunger for cleansing, an envy of angels, and a wanting for quieter evenings. Yet these poems are never insistent on lower volumes and change; they simply - and all-too-humanly - remain steadfastly watchful of little kindness." - Joel M. Toledo

"In The Fashionista's Book of Enlightenment we find one of the top poetic voices of the post People Power Revolution. The nuances of serene images like "The clouds hang low, bruise the tip/ Of the mountain, which, oddly, is chiseled/In such a way that the left slope looks like/Cragged ladder, broken teeth, an angle of anguish," fill the book with Byronic beauty with indigenous flair. If I were to pin my hopes on the future of Filipino poetry, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana's name would be amongst the top three. This book should be on the book shelves of serious readers of our contemporary poetry." - Nick Carbo

"Among our finest poets writing today - Carlomar Arcangel Daoana: in such poems as "Mending" and "Surrender", there throbs, beneath the casual intimacy of the considering eye and the tender feeling, a deep sense of the world's sorrow and calm, harm and care, doom and certainty." - Gemino H. Abad

Here are two poems from the collection:


A male octopus travels an ocean
To have an embrace with his kind.
The tentacles know what to do
And soon the gaps are sealed as
If to say: nothing else but hunger.

The whirling in the depths is
A hopeless dance. No baby
Octopus shall swim in the ocean
Because of this love. As if to say:
Sacrifices is its own enduring gift.

The grip happens in darkness,
Ours, and we smell the ocean.
I knock on the door of your body
With a question: Who are you
In these ridiculously mortal clothes?

It took you half a road to enter
My bed, half a second to kiss me.
What dangerous hunger we have.
We descend into the doom -
A wreckage - arms locked.


At this edge (must be), the altar of the world
(Given), a pile of words and significances tight
As house, light-ambushed and rain-cohered,
I invoke your pure delight and luminosity, boy
In a red jacket, registering as both breath and
Emergency, as the bus dips - sideways -
Into the three o'clock road. See you neither
Falling nor swimming in the fog, simply,
Standing and staring with no heft of purpose,
Just gazing, marvelously, letting time precipitate
As your slow body tilts toward the dissolved:
Landscape bereft of contradictions. I call to you
Instead of the muse, not just because we share
The same millennium, the same hollowed-out
Clouds of the unhinged city, but because -
Let me put it this way: You venerate lostness.
You know how to stop, and stopping, the blur
Is summoned from the details, and the unknown
Rolls like the spokes of white wheels, and
Something gets polished inside you and what shines
Is a small, incalculable belief in the little bit.
This morsel is what sustains me so the words
May come with blood in them - reprehensible,
Inert in many ways, hopefully human. As for you:
A revelation of salt, earth and the curved sky
Hiding beneath all this white. So bless me.
Restore me to my edgedness. Intervene
Against the wind shutting down flames and
Roses in my head. As soon as I hit forehead
Against the page, you should have known:
That I write because you exist on the other side,
Smoldering with a life that stays put (the way
You want it) complete and incomparable
In the total mist, needing me not one bit.

Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday by Robin Hemley

Ivented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday is a nonfiction book written by the American journalist Robin Hemley. It was first published in 2003 by Farrar, Straux aand Giroux. A Philippine edition was published in 2004 by Anvil Publishing, Inc. A new edition was published in 2017 by the University of Nebraska Press. Hemley prefaced the Philippine edition of the book that the book is "not an anthropology text". He added that the book is "a history of the Tasaday phenomenon and, more importantly, it's a book about the media, especially the Western media, and its slapdash and often cynical treatment of tribal minorities and others it wishes to either romanticize or demonize."

It took Hemley nearly seven years to research and write the book. Hemley interviewed anthropologists in the United States and the Philippines on both sides of the controversy. Hemley arrived in the Philippines in January 1999 to gather material for the book. The first draft for the book was enormous with 800 pages. With the advice of his editor, Hemley trimmed the book and cut out hundreds of pages. 

Table of Contents:

A Note on Spellings
1. A Meeting Between Centuries - 3
2. Protector of the Primitive - 9
3. The Center for Short-Lived Phenomena - 23
4. Message from the Stone Age - 31
5. Tourists in Paradise - 55
6. A New Society - 73
7. Passion Play - 87
8. "Crimed Up Very Badly" - 99
9. A Smoking Gun - 107
10. Quiet Understandings - 117
11. Heart of Greyness - 121
12. Tribal Warfare - 147
13. Return of the Native - 159
14. Video Tribe - 167
15. Loaded Words - 179
16. Trial in the Jungle - 185
17. Your Own Private Tasaday - 199
18. Missing Links - 217
19. Good Men - 231
20. Postcard from the Stone Age - 239
21. Confirmation Bias - 281
Notes - 311
Selected Bibliography - 321
Acknowledgements - 329
Index - 331

Further readings about the Tasaday story:

1. "Dream Jungle" by Jessica Hagedorn - This is a novel that was inspired and based on the events of the Tasaday story. Hemley and Hagedorn worked on their Tasaday books almost at the same time.
2. "The Tasaday Hoax: The Never-Ending Scandal" by Christian Adler
3. "The Tasaday: Media Circus and Sci-Fi" by Arnold Molina Azurin
4. "A Tasaday Folio; The Tasaday Controversy: Proceedings of the International Anthropological Conference on the Tasaday Controversy and Other Urgent Anthropological Issues" by Jerome Bailen
5. "The Incredible Tasaday: Deconstructing the Myth of a 'Stone-Age People'" by Gerald D. Berreman
6. "The Strange Case of the Tasaday: Were They Primitive Hunter-Gatherers or Rain-Forest Phonies" by Bruce Bower
7. "The Tasaday Stone Axes - What Do They Tell Us?" by Robert L. Carneiro
8. "The Tasaday: First a Hoax and Then a Cover-Up" by Oswald Iten
9. "The Gentle Tasaday: a Stone Age People in the Philippines Rainforest" by John Nance
10. "First Glimpse of a Stone Age Tribe" by the National Geographic