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Published by Xlibris Corporation
Copyright 2004
Trade Paperback, 108 pages; ISBN 1-4134-3634-X

MISSING MANGOES—FOR FILIPINOS AND THOSE WHO LOVE US is composed of selections from Marcelline Santos-Taylor’s weekly column, “Manila Girl,” for the Filipino Express. A compilation of coming-to-America insights peppered with Filipino pop and folk culture tidbits and quotes, the book’s enticing flavor is as Manila as the fruit celebrated in the title—a touchstone for all Filipinos transplanted to foreign lands, where the succulent taste and texture of the authentic Philippine mango is so elusive it holds almost the same kind of mythical quality as an Elvis sighting.

In this engaging collection of 27 essays, the author examines issues of identity and adjustment, while conveying the strengths of character as well as the unique quirks that define what it means to be Filipino. Of course, one of the best ways to convey Filipino culture is through food, which the book tackles fondly, often humorously and in great detail—from the mouthwatering description of a lovingly prepared and much missed childhood dish to a not-for-the-faint-hearted listing of Fear Factor-worthy native delicacies to the Filipino fixation on the humble Spam. The author’s voyage of discovery is not only defined by moving away from the land of her birth but also the journey-within-a-journey of becoming a wife and mother in America, while infusing her culture and heritage into her family’s everyday life, in ways both big and small, every step of the way.

MISSING MANGOES is, indeed, for Filipinos and those who know and love them; but its heartwarming honesty and perspective will also resonate with anyone who has undertaken the uniquely eye-opening journey that is the immigrant experience, or wants to come along for the ride. Most of all, the compelling chronicles of “Missing Mangoes” make readers realize that the home we sometimes feel is so far away is the same place that never really leaves us at all.

(Publisher's release)

For more information, visit www.xlibris.com/missingmangoes.html and www.missingmangoes.com

OOV Bookshelf 2004
OCTOBER 2004 FEATURE

A Carnivore's Inquiry
by Sabina Murray

Filipino Women Writers in English: Their Story
1905-2002

by Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz

Miracle Fruit: The Poems of Aimee Nezhukumatathil

A Child in the Midst of Battle
by Evelyn Berg Empie and Stephen H. Mette

Sarabihon Volume 2
edited by T. Erestain

Missing Mangoes:
For Filipinos And Those Who Love Us

by Marcelline Santos-Taylor

Rosario de Guzman-Lingat, 1924-1997:
The Burden of Self and History

by Soledad S. Reyes

JULY 2004 FEATURE

Communities at the Margins: Reflections on Social, Economic, and Environmental Change in the Philippines
edited by Hiromitsu Umehara & Germelino M. Bautista

Cuentos Filipinos
by Jose Montero y Vidal

Hinabing Gunita (Woven Memories): Filipinos in the UK, an oral history project
Edited by Jamie Tapales Oakes, Carmila Legarda Alcantara, Maria Gonzalez, Candy Quimpo Gourlay, and Ed Maranan

Menage a Trois with the 21st Century
by Eileen R. Tabios

Remembered Songs and Other Stories
by Norma Miraflor

Uyayi
by Chinchin Gutierrez

Novemberly
by Theo Gonzalves

The Art of Harana—Serenades for Guitar
by Florante Aguilar

Kundiman ng Katipunan
by Elynia S. Mabanglo

Stephen Y.S. Shey

MARCH 2004 FEATURE

Dream Jungle
by Jessica Hagedorn

Marginal Bliss
by Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

Behind the Blue Canvas
by Eileen R. Tabios

Ulos: 4 na Dula
by Arthur P. Casanova

Mga Kuwentong Maranao
by Frank G. Rivera

Wife or Worker: Asian Women and Migration
edited by Nicola Piper and Mina Roces

World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability
by Amy Chua

Smaller and Smaller Circles
by Felisa H. Batacan

 



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A Carnivore's Inquiry
by Sabina Murray

Filipino Women Writers in English: Their Story
1905-2002

by Edna Zapanta-Manlapaz

Miracle Fruit: The Poems of Aimee Nezhukumatathil

A Child in the Midst of Battle
by Evelyn Berg Empie and Stephen H. Mette

Sarabihon Volume 2
edited by T. Erestain

Missing Mangoes:
For Filipinos And Those Who Love Us

by Marcelline Santos-Taylor

Rosario de Guzman-Lingat, 1924-1997:
The Burden of Self and History

by Soledad S. Reyes