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Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me
Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me | Lorina Mapa
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A graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s with Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and the EDSA Revolution.When she learns of her beloved father's fatal car accident, Mapa flies to Manila to attend his funeral. His sudden death sparks childhood memories. Weaving the past with the present, Mapa entertains with stories about religion, pop culture, adolescence, social class and politics, including her experiences of the 1986 People Power Revolution which made headlines around the world. It is a love letter to her parents, family, friends, country of birth, and in the end, perhaps even to herself.
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daena
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Found this neat graphic novel at the library. Looking forward to diving in!

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Pickpick

I'm not one for graphic novels usually but she had me at Duran Duran, this memoir is about growing up in the 80s in the Philippines, against the backdrop of the revolution and at its heart a memorial to her father who seemed pretty sweet. There are some laugh out loud moments that you might need to have been a teen in the 80s or raised Catholic to truly appreciate.

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#inyourmug #fallintoreading
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Enjoying a cup of One Village 'Nomad' coffee pretty tasty. 😁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute!!!! 💗💗 1y
vkois88 I like that mug! 14mo
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xicanti
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Pickpick

When Lorina Mapa's father is killed in a traffic collision, she returns to the Philippines and spirals down into childhood memories. Her account of that time is a chronicle of grief, of being young in the 80s, and of reconnecting with her most essential self. It's also a great primer on Filipino society from a certain angle (Mapa's family is rich), and her account of the People Power Revolution moved me to tears.

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xicanti
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This week's library haul includes three comics by women, a movie based on a book, and an algebra thing that looked like fun.

GrilledCheeseSamurai RPO wasn't as good as the book (they never are) but it was still a damn entertaining watch! 👍 1y
xicanti @GrilledCheeseSamurai I'm looking forward to it. I figure it'll be a spectacle, if nothing else! 1y
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StellaDz
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Bailedbailed

Here‘s the thing: if there are so many words in a graphic novel, I feel like I should be reading an actual novel, than why make it a graphic novel? I‘m not even paying attention to the images. I didn‘t get very far in this one either, and I‘ve actually never finished a memoir graphic novel. They just don‘t jive with me.

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batsy
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"These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes" #bodakyellow

I wonder if Southeast Asians of a certain generation think of Imelda Marcos, her shoe collection, & the Marcos regime after seeing those lyrics?! ?? Tagged graphic novel is about growing up amidst the People Power Revolution/Yellow Revolution that lead to the end of the regime, & it's gone straight to my tbr.

#Aprella @Cinfhen @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola

Cinfhen Hilarious🤣😂🤣🤣and tagged book does sound fantastic. I think I may have already stacked it🤔 2y
Cinfhen Nope, but now I did 😉 2y
Cinfhen And I‘d love to do a Duran Duran book/music playlist 2y
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batsy @Cinfhen I don't know how my brain works sometimes ?? And now I gotta go listen to Duran Duran; I've got the "do dodo do dodo" of Hungry Like the Wolf playing in my mind ? 2y
Cinfhen And now I‘ve got it 🎶🎵do dodo do dodo🎵🎶 (edited) 2y
emilyhaldi Imelda Marcos is the original Cardi B!!! 2y
saresmoore The book sounds amazing! This post is like a six degrees of separation experiment. 😂 2y
BarbaraBB I‘ve got my own Imelda at home. My boyfriend buys shoes the way I buy books 😂😂😂 2y
vivastory This book sounds great! 2y
Reviewsbylola Love this connection! 💛💛 2y
CarolynM Very apt!👏👏👏 2y
Mdargusch She was so crazy! 2y
Suet624 If we just imagined her love of shoes being the equivalent of our love of books would we have any sympathy for her? I have 3 pairs of shoes to my name but boxes and boxes of books. 😀 2y
batsy @emilyhaldi 😂😂 2y
batsy @saresmoore @vivastory It does sound great! 2y
batsy @Mdargusch She and her husband were really something 🤪 2y
batsy @Suet624 Haha, I totally get that! But no sympathy for her for cheerleading her spouse's rule of terror and siphoning millions off the people to fund their parade of wealth. 2y
batsy @BarbaraBB 😂😂😂 2y
Suet624 @batsy oh no, of course not. 2y
Centique @Cinfhen @batsy OMG yes to Duran Duran! Also have to stack this book 👍 2y
whimsy Lol this was startling to see in the dash. But thank you for speaking truth about the Marcos regime. Lord knows how we need it x_x. 2y
batsy @whimsy 💚💚 2y
GatheringBooks i enjoyed reading this graphic novel. i thought it was truly well done. :) 2y
batsy @GatheringBooks Oh, yay! Good to know. I'm glad it lives up to its fabulous title. 2y
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GatheringBooks
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Happy 2-year Litsyversary and 1-year freelanciversary @RachelO here are a few of my #inbetween books for your #giveaway. Just now, I finished the tagged book which is a graphic memoir of what it‘s like to grow up in the 80s in the #Philippines with the Edsa Revolution as backdrop. Fits the #ReadAroundTheWorld for July by @JenP - As for books I‘d love to receive: Oliver Loving and Every Note Played

RachelO I thought 'I must find a copy of that' right before I read your blurb and realised it was a giveaway entry! Sounds perfect! Afraid I'm just giving away the books in the pic this time - sorry - have reworded to try & make it clearer. Any of those you fancy? 2y
GatheringBooks @RachelO ahhh! got it. i reworded mine now as well to indicate what caught my eye. :) 2y
RachelO @GatheringBooks Brilliant- thanks. My first giveaway & I'm learning what I'm doing wrong after I've done it 😉 2y
GatheringBooks @RachelO absolutely no worries - thank you for even doing this and paying it forward. :) 2y
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GatheringBooks
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My 16 year old has decided to use the Philippine Martial Law as her topic for her History project here in Singapore (School of the Arts). I think this graphic memoir will prove to be somewhat helpful in providing her a personalized overview of what it‘s like.

C.Perone Love the title😊 2y
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Mehso-so

Bittersweet memoir of an important relationship in a historic moment in time. Also a basic primer on the People Power Movement. Mapa came from a wealthier family, which I add not to invalidate any of her experiences, but rather to point out a slight disconnection I felt while I read this.

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alvingregorio
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I see a lot of myself in this book. In fact, I see someone who even looks like me! 😜

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WanderingBookaneer
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@bentchbites : This is the next panel which is how we all sang it.

Cinfhen But that‘s not a Duran Duran song....#OnceAn80sGirlAlwaysAn80sGirl 2y
alvingregorio I must get this now! 2y
bentchbites This is amazing!! 😍 2y
bentchbites @Cinfhen yep. Now we‘ll wait for @WanderingBookaneer to post a Duran Duran song! 😉 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Pickpick

When her father passes away the author flies back to Manila where she is flooded by memories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

bentchbites I sang this in my head and now i remember how much i miss this song. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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LauraBeth ❤️❤️ 2y
Erin7 I totally agree. And this is the music that stays close to your heart for the rest of your life in my view. 2y
Gezemice This was definitely the time when I listened to the most music. However this was also the 80ies, and I can also definitely say that I like both later and earlier music way better. 2y
Izai.Amorim Yes. I still buy a lot of music but my favorite is from that time. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Trying to sneak this one into my January stats.

merelybookish Great title! 2y
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JAMZ
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Pickpick

I really loved this graphic novel - it made the People Power Revolution real for me in a way that I hadn't quite realized before, and it made me even talk to my parents about their own experiences during that time.

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