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on May 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this story. Pati writes in an engaging manner which makes it easy to read. I saw the author at a reading and she is throughly engaging. Her story is humorous, touching and will bring back many memories of growing up. It's interesting how a half-japanese and caucasian male can relate to so many of her stories of growing up in the Bay Area in the 1970's and 80's.
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on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to read for myself and am 24 years young. I read the first few pages and told my mother she should pick up the book because I told her she would be able to relate. My mother, who I have never seen read a book, aside from Danielle Steele romance novels when I was younger, finished this book in 3 days reading it every morning! I could hear her quietly laughing! She let my aunt borrow the book to read and then to my cousin. Since I bought the book, 5 people have read it and I haven't even gotten my chance yet! Happy with my purchase even though I wasn't the first, nor will I be the last, to read this book!
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on May 14, 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Oracles." For the past 35 years, I have been an educator in a school whose Filipino population numbers over 50%. During that time, often I have been struck by the challenges faced by immigrant parents and grandparents who are raising American kids. For me, this topic was the heart of "The Oracles." Just as we read "House on Mango Street" and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" in our schools, "The Oracles" would be a worthy addition to our required reading lists. This book builds bridges of understanding. It doesn't get much better than that.
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on July 11, 2008
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Being an adult Filipino born in the Philippines and raised in the U.S. since I was 3 years old, I really enjoyed this book. I didn't have living grandparents to raise me so it was fun reading Pati's experience. I could relate to all the Filipino traditions that her grandparents were trying to instill in her. I enjoyed her storytelling and read the book in one day! I recommend this book to any Filipino born in the U.S. or the Philippines.

Belinda
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on June 16, 2008
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I finished reading this book in one direct plane ride from San Diego to Houston. It made me cry unashamedly in the airport and during the flight. It reminded me of how my parents raised my 3 daughters while I worked. Losing a parent in my case (a grandparent in my children's case) was a sad experience just as the author described it in the book.
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on December 9, 2013
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i read this book so that make me remind of Pati almost compare to me but it weirdo for me something so they keep me coming my mind of memory appear of my past on Philippines. i hope you understand or not. this is really good story.

-issa
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on September 23, 2013
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This is one of the best reads I've had in a long time. It's totally authentic, engaging, and flows effortlessly. Pati uses her journalistic style to good advantage here. It's candid yet loving.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished the book, and I thought it was a good read. I just wish she kept her promise and went back to the Philippines and visited her grandma. I also wish she would have talked a bit more about what happen to her father, that died, and her husband. I feel the Oracle didn't do a good job because she got Pregnant at the age of 20, with the first man she ever really dated and divorce, which I know in the Filipino culture, Filipino's don't believe in divorce. I think this is a story of a child who rebel and won in the end. She got her way. I think her not going back to the Philippines, prove one thing, the war was over and there's was no need to act like it wasn't. I also feel there's a lot missing from this story, like someone trying to tell a story but not the whole story.
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on January 20, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I was reluctant to read this due to the fact that it was an English book but I'm glad I did! Great read and easy too!
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on September 25, 2011
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It's like a new book so I'm so happy that I can use it well in my English class. Thank you!
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