Books & Other Writing
The House That Lou Built
Coming June 12, 2018
Twelve-year-old Lou Bitao loves to make things with her hands—even if it doesn’t always win her popularity. But now Lou has the ultimate summer DIY project. She’s going to build a Tiny House, 100 square feet, all by herself, where she can escape when her jam-packed home and crazy extended Filipino family get too much. It’s not easy building a house, as Lou discovers. Still, with some unexpected help and a whole lot of heart, Lou finds out that a DIY project can change her life… and just how big “tiny” can really be.
Only Light Can Do That: 100 Post-Election Poems, Stories & Essays
On November 9, 2016, The Rattling Wall and PEN Center USA put out a call for post-election poems, stories, and essays. People had six days to send their “protest, promise, rage, and wonder.” Work poured in from across the country. Not just from writers, but from teachers, doctors, activists, analysts, moms, dads, even school kids. We announced that, if we received enough work, we would immediately go into production on an anthology, a collection of voices. We would rise up. ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT is that anthology.
Images of America: Filipinos in Los Angeles
The year 2006 marked the centennial of Filipino migration to the United States, when 15 migrant workers called sakadas arrived in Hawaii to work on the islands’ sugar plantations. Today the largest concentration of Filipinos outside of the Philippines exists in Southern California. The book features more than 200 vintage photographs that present nearly a century of Los Angeles life through the unique stories of Filipino Americans, highlighting their challenges and achievements and sharing in their everyday moments.
The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater
Getting undressed for the dreaded seventh-grade gym class. Feeling fascinated with, yet disgusted by, the fashion magazines full of perfect, unattainable bodies. Enduring the pain of a bikini wax or suffering the ramifications of overplucked brows. Like all women, the contributors to The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater have been there and lived to tell the tale. With smarts, wit, and style, this collection captures the double bind of beauty and body image that women contend with each day.
Mae's musings on the joys, challenges (and sometimes absurdity) of parenthood have appeared in a variety of parenting publications including Red Tricycle; mothering.com; Pregnancy Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Patagonia, Pottery Barn Kids, and in forthcoming publications (stay tuned!).