Baon Collab: Holiday Gift Guide

In collaboration with Ba•On Detroit, we've curated a list of books for celebrating FilipinX and Fil-Am culture!

(The list is loosely in order from children's titles to young adult, adult non-fiction, adult fiction, poetry, and finally cookbooks.)

Holding On By Sophia N. Lee, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sophia N. Lee, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534494459
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

A beautiful story about a young girl and her Lola (Grandmother) connecting and remembering as they both age. (Great for ages ~3-8.)


Cora Cooks Pancit By Dorina Lazo Gilmore, Kristi Valiant (Illustrator) Cover Image
$11.95
Out of stock
ISBN: 9781885008480
Published: Shen's Books - May 1st, 2014

Young Cora and her Mama cook pancit, a Filipino dish of stir fried noodles, together for family dinner. (Great for ages ~4-8.)


Pan de Sal Saves the Day: An Award-Winning Children's Story from the Philippines [New Bilingual English and Tagalog Edition] By Norma Olizon-Chikiamco, Mark Salvatus (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780804847544
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - January 31st, 2017

A completely bilingual (Tagalog & English) story about a young girl and her friends at school where everyone is named after different types of pastries and breads. As they go on a field trip, Pan de Sal learns to embrace and share her Filipino culture. (Great for ages ~5-10, or any age Tagalog learner!)


Filipino Children's Favorite Stories: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales (Favorite Children's Stories) By Liana Romulo, Joanne De Leon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Liana Romulo, Joanne De Leon (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780804850216
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

It's like the Filipino version of Aesop's Fables and Grimms' Fairy Tales. (Great for ages ~5-12.)


Lalani of the Distant Sea By Erin Entrada Kelly Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062747280
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 15th, 2020

Set in the richness of Filipino folklore this journey combines lush narrative and graphics to take you on Lalani's adventure to save her family and friends. (Great for ages ~7-13.)


Dear America: Young Readers’ Edition: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen By Jose Antonio Vargas Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062914620
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Published: HarperCollins - July 14th, 2020

The young adult version of the author's memoir on growing up as a "Tago Ng Tago" (undocumented) and his journey of advocacy for immigration rights in America. (Great for ages ~10 and up.)


I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir By Malaka Gharib Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525575115
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 30th, 2019

 A spunky, graphic autobiography of a Filipina-Egyptian American growing up in California, and dealing with questions like, "What are you?" (Great for ages ~13 and up.)


It Won't Always Be Like This: A Graphic Memoir By Malaka Gharib Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781984860293
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 20th, 2022

The follow on graphic memoir of the author's experience spending her summer vacations in Egypt with her father's new family and grappling with wholeness when you are "from" multiple cultures. (Great for ages ~14 and up.)


Patron Saints of Nothing By Randy Ribay Cover Image
$11.99
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780525554929
Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020

It's the last semester of senior year for Jay when he learns his cousin living in the Philippines passed away. He journeys from Michigan to his family in Manila to uncover his cousin's story and the complicated ways it is involved with President Duterte's war on drugs. (Great for ages ~14 and up.)


$50.00
SKU: 0578315823

A beautiful collaboration between a grandmother and grandson, of her watercolor paintings and his graphics to share her life story. Signed copies available from the author's visit to 27th Letter Books in October! (And adult book, but great for ages ~14 and up.)


The Body Papers: A Memoir By Grace Talusan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781632060242
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Published: Restless Books - March 3rd, 2020

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments By Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (Illustrator) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen By Jose Antonio Vargas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062851345
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 3rd, 2019

The author's poignant memoir on growing up as a "Tago Ng Tago" (undocumented) and his journey of advocacy for immigration rights in America.


Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War By M. Evelina Galang Cover Image
$18.95
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780810135864
Published: Curbstone Books 2 - September 15th, 2017

The stories of 16 Filipina survivors, now grandmothers, who were abducted by the Imperial Japanese Army in WWII as "comfort women."


History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos By Luis H. Francia Cover Image
$17.95
Out of stock
ISBN: 9781468308570
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 18th, 2013

A brief introduction to the broad history of the Philippines from a NYU professor.


Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology By E. J. R. David Cover Image
$36.21
ISBN: 9781623962074
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Published: Information Age Publishing - February 20th, 2013

We Are No Longer Babaylan By Elsa Valmidiano Cover Image
$20.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780898233971
Published: New Rivers Press - November 1st, 2020

A collection of essays and stories blending together elements of magical realism with life as a Filipina American.


How to Read Now: Essays By Elaine Castillo Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593489635
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Published: Viking - July 26th, 2022

Essays from Filipina-American novelist Elaine Castillo on the importance, urgency, and power of reading.


America Is Not the Heart: A Novel By Elaine Castillo Cover Image
$18.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780735222427
Published: Penguin Books - April 2nd, 2019

“Your word for love is survival.” So begins a book that encapsulates the sacrifices, debts, and gifts transferred across generations and borders through three Filipina-American protagonists: (Tita) Paz, (Ate) Hero, and Roni. Castillo’s writing is observant and ardent; her debut novel is sure to mark a place in American literary tradition as seminal as the work its title references.


America Is in the Heart By Carlos Bulosan, Elaine Castillo (Foreword by), E. San Juan, Jr. (Introduction by), Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao (Selected by) Cover Image
By Carlos Bulosan, Elaine Castillo (Foreword by), E. San Juan, Jr. (Introduction by), Jeffrey Arellano Cabusao (Selected by)
$18.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780143134039
Published: Penguin Classics - May 21st, 2019

The classic, semi-autobiographical novel of Filipino-American immigrant covering his experiences as a migrant farm worker in California during the 1930's.


Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) By Jose Rizal, Harold Augenbraum (Translated by), Harold Augenbraum (Introduction by), Harold Augenbraum (Notes by) Cover Image
By Jose Rizal, Harold Augenbraum (Translated by), Harold Augenbraum (Introduction by), Harold Augenbraum (Notes by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143039693
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 27th, 2006

One of the two books every student reads in the Philippines. These masterpieces by national hero, Jose Rizal, were an inspiration for the Philippine Revolution.


El Filibusterismo By Jose Rizal, Harold Augenbraum (Translated by), Harold Augenbraum (Introduction by), Harold Augenbraum (Notes by) Cover Image
By Jose Rizal, Harold Augenbraum (Translated by), Harold Augenbraum (Introduction by), Harold Augenbraum (Notes by)
$19.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780143106395
Published: Penguin Classics - May 31st, 2011

One of the two books every student reads in the Philippines. These masterpieces by national hero, Jose Rizal, were an inspiration for the Philippine Revolution.


In the Country: Stories By Mia Alvar Cover Image
$17.95
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780804171496
Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2016

Insurrecto By Gina Apostol Cover Image
$16.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9781641290920
Published: Soho Press - August 20th, 2019

The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata By Gina Apostol Cover Image
$17.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9781641293150
Published: Soho Press - November 30th, 2021

Ilustrado: A Novel By Miguel Syjuco Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312572938
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Published: Picador - May 24th, 2011

The Son of Good Fortune: A Novel By Lysley Tenorio Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062059598
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Published: Ecco - April 27th, 2021

A quirky story of a mother, former "Filipina B-move action star", and son, quiet teen, who are doing their best to survive in America each day as "Tago Ng Tago" ("hiding and hiding" or undocumented).


Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #1) By Mia P. Manansala Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593201671
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Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2021

The first installment in a series of cozy, murder mysteries centering a family of Filipina food entrepreneurs and Titas whose tsismis (gossip) helps solve the cases. Also contains recipes!


Homicide and Halo-Halo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #2) By Mia P. Manansala Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593201695
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Published: Berkley - February 8th, 2022

The second installment in a series of cozy, murder mysteries centering a family of Filipina food entrepreneurs and Titas whose tsismis (gossip) helps solve the cases. Also contains recipes!


Blackmail and Bibingka (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #3) By Mia P. Manansala Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593201718
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Published: Berkley - October 4th, 2022

The third installment in a series of cozy, murder mysteries centering a family of Filipina food entrepreneurs and Titas whose tsismis (gossip) helps solve the cases. Also contains recipes!


Lucky Fish By Aimee Nezhukumatathil Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781932195583
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Published: Tupelo Press - January 15th, 2011

The Galleons: Poems By Rick Barot Cover Image
$16.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9781571315236
Published: Milkweed Editions - February 11th, 2020

I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook By Nicole Ponseca, Miguel Trinidad Cover Image
$40.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9781579657673
Published: Artisan - November 13th, 2018

It's like you went on a 3-month vacation throughout the whole Philippines to eat, drink, and learn about food with the masterminds behind several Filipino restaurants in NYC/NJ.


Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream By Alvin Cailan, Alexandra Cuerdo Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781328931733
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Published: Harvest - August 25th, 2020

A cookbook and biography told through recipes of the East LA, Filipino American chef who created Eggslut.


The first cookbook from a Filipino food blogger turned food truck cook to author, with easy recipes for cooking Filipino foods at home. (Drew & Erin say "yum" to the "Lying Laing" recipe and many others we've made.)


Pulutan! Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats: (Filipino Cookbook with Over 60 Easy-To-Make Recipes) By Marvin Gapultos Cover Image
$14.99
Out of stock
ISBN: 9780804849425
Published: Tuttle Publishing - October 2nd, 2018

Easy, delicious recipes from a Filipino food blogger turned food truck cook to author.


Milkier Pigs & Violet Gold: Philippine Food Stories By Bryan Koh Cover Image
$44.99
Out of stock
ISBN: 9789811454370
Published: Marshall Cavendish Children - May 15th, 2022

A gorgeous book that takes a deep dive into the places, people, and food across the Philippines.


The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Around the Globe By Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, John Birdsall (Foreword by), Rowena Dumlao-Giardina (Photographer) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, John Birdsall (Foreword by), Rowena Dumlao-Giardina (Photographer)
$28.00
Out of stock
ISBN: 9781572842588
Published: Agate Surrey - September 18th, 2018

A collection of stories and recipes from Filipino chefs and home cooks throughout the diaspora.


The Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight Your Family and Friends By Miki Garcia, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni (Photographer) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780804847674
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - February 21st, 2017

85 Filipino recipes you can easily cook at home.


Cook Real Hawai'i: A Cookbook By Sheldon Simeon, Garrett Snyder Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984825834
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 30th, 2021

Chef/James Beard nominee/Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon brings the aloha spirit to the mainland, highlighting Hawaiian cuisine - a delicious blend of native Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, and Portugese dishes- with great substitutions to create these dishes wherever you are.