Good Night, Lala (2013, Adarna House)
What was intended as a personal legacy of Maya’s mother, Corazon O. Calica, to her grandkids evolved into a collection of childhood stories that sparkle with wonder in war-torn Pampanga. Called “Lala” by her apos, the tales tell of playful dwende and magical stones amidst threats of air raids and Japanese soldiers plundering barrios. Older kids will enjoy reading adventures of another era, made even more delightful with Maya’s intricate embroidered illustrations. To purchase a copy, click here.
The Breakup Diaries (2003, Summit Books)
Barista Monica Tanseco never anticipated heartbreak on the eve of her first anniversary with her hotshot lawyer boyfriend. As she rides out the rollercoaster emotions of being dumped, she stumbles into the world of women’s magazines, where a cute photographer’s assistant catches her eye. Never mind if her editor treats her like dirt — the new job reveals a side of herself she never knew existed, and tickles her heart with the prospect of new love. Buy it on Buqo.
Undercover Tai Tai (2008, Marshall Cavendish)
Loner Amanda Tay prefers to tiptoe through life unnoticed. But a chance encounter with dashing intelligence operative Agent Brian forces her out of her sheltered existence and into the glamorous but dangerous world of espionage. So when a tai tai (aka socialite wife of a prominent businessman) disappears, Amanda solves the mystery in lash extensions, high heels and a crime-fighting Chihuahua.