12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Sacred Hoops’ by Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty

by Bryan Meniado We often hear the names ‘Michael’ and ‘Kobe’ and equate them to greatness and legends in basketball. But little do we know about the man behind their respective Hall of Fame careers—Phil Jackson. Phil Jackson’s coaching is out-of-the-box and makes the game of basketball more than just that, a game. He makes it more of a way of life and a mindset. He is a follower of psychology, spirituality and philosophy and he integrates their differing lessons towards the ultimate goal of winning. Through this provoking memoir, he shows how meditation and being mindful transcend the individual…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Rizal Without The Overcoat’ by Ambeth Ocampo

by Bryan Meniado Many of us learned about Rizal from our history classes in school and we assume we already know him. After all, he is one of our national heroes and, maybe, the most documented and venerated among them. But how much do we really know him? Ambeth Ocampo offers a different view of Rizal from what we learned from textbooks. He seeks to put Rizal down from the pedestal and revered statues, and know him as who he really was without the overcoat: a human being. Rizal Without The Overcoat, winner of National Book Award, revisits history as…

Fiction Nation: Hopelessly Devoted to Books

by Allana Luta So I have decided to share with you some book-related hopes of mine… Get ready to be sick of the word hope by the end of this article! 1. Hopefully, the Paper Towns movie will turn out great.   The people who wrote the screenplay for The Fault in Our Stars are the same writers for Paper Towns so my expectations are high even though PT isn’t my favorite John Green novel. I don’t really remember what it’s about but I am interested to see how Cara Delevingne (and her eyebrows) interprets Margo Roth Spiegelman. I’m also excited to…