Thursday, December 5, 2013

New books by women not only for women

From the inbox once again, these announcements:


"Claire's mom is not a tiger but a quiet silk butterfly, strong as steel, dignified, influential and full of amiability. One can discern that the author's sensible advice is borne from a mother who has reflected deeply into what makes one successful in an uncommon definition of the word.

"The exuberance of heart, thoughtfulness and affection in Lim-Moore's book leave the reader with the soaring feeling that what people care about is who you are, and that what is important is how you help others. A stunning debut."

"A mix of childhood memoir, immigrant experiences and mother knows best — such as fitting in at the new school and not forgetting where you came from — the book takes you through a roller coaster of emotions that leave a lasting warmth in your heart."

"Ostensibly, Don't Forget the Soap is a memoir, and an entertaining one it is. Having said that, I could just as easily group this special little volume among my collection of parenting books. Why? Let's look at the facts: the author is a Yale-educated corporate executive who seems to enjoy juggling her career and family, likes to throw in community service and politics for fun and somehow finds the time to watch tv and write this book. As a woman, I want to know how she does it. As the mother of two daughters, I would like to know how my girls could do it too. Lucky for us, Ms. Moore shares with us the secret of her success: practical advice from her fabulous Filipina mother. Well worth the read and future re-reads."

Marie Claire Lim Moore* is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, shortly before moving to Singapore.

Now Mom to Carlos and Isabel, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia. She enjoys juggling career and family and likes to throw in community and politics for fun by campaigning for US political candidates, fundraising for organizations that advance the role of women in business and promoting foreign direct investment in the Philippines. She is also a guest contributor at Sassy Mama Singapore.

At the center of many good stories – inspiring, entertaining, admittedly corny–is Marie Claire Lim Moore. Ask her about the time she and her family sat down with former Philippine President Corazon Aquino. Or the time she built houses in Mexico alongside former American President Jimmy Carter. Equally engaging are her every day experiences and perspective on
life. You will be interested to hear what she thinks is a relationship “deal breaker” or why Christmas should be regulated or why kids shouldn’t say, “I’m bored.”

After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver growing up with '80s sitcoms and Philippine People Power demonstrations, Claire moved to New York City at the age of 12 and attended the United Nations International School where she sang on stage with Debbie Gibson and received her high school diploma from Kofi Annan. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and jet set around the world.

Don’t Forget the Soap is a collection of anecdotes from different points in Claire’s life: stories from the tight-knit Filipino community in Vancouver mix with memories of her move to New York, experiences at Yale and travels as a young executive. Underlying this narrative is the story of a global citizen who does not want to forget the fundamental values that come along with the “immigrant experience” as she and her husband raise their children in the increasingly glitzy expat bubble of Singapore. Her parents continue to remain a big influence in her life and her mother’s reminders a grounding force. These stories will warm the heart and resonate with people of any culture.

Download the e-book at*
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Book launch-cooking demonstration for A Matter of Taste with warm words and delicious food at Cafe By The Ruins, Chuntug Street, Baguio City (across from City Hall) Dec. 12 at 4 p.m.

The book A Matter of Taste: The Culinary Memoirs of Jean MacGarvin de Vera (published by Mt Cloud Bookshop) includes 90 recipes that nurtured her family. The authors are Baguio's Adelaida Lim and Leonisa Bautista.

Jean MacGarvin de Vera is Sing Wei, meaning "good heart" in Chinese. MacGarvin de Vera was born and raised in cosmopolitan Shanghai before World War II. Her mother was from a landed family with properties in Zungkaza, a suburban village where everyone had the same surname: Zung.

Her father was an American engineer-architect in the construction business. After the war, young Jean fled China with her husband and three young children to start a life in the Philippines.

Jean stayed 25 years in California with her daughter, Irene before deciding to retire in Baguio in 2001. At 90, she lives in Tuding, Benguet surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and dogs and pets.

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