• Yvonne Yin

Recommended Reads

Explore what makes us quintessentially Singapore with three local works.

Title: HDB Homes of Singapore

Authors: Keyakismos (Group of artists)

No. of pages: 680 pages

Call No. : HD7288.78.S55 Key

Tomohisa Miyauchi vividly captures the spirit of Singapore communal living in a photographic essay that offers a peek into the colourful and idiosyncratic personalities of 118 HDB homeowners. The project is the brainchild of Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki (Keyakismos), who were inspired by their move from their 19 Knights Bridge home into a HDB flat. With a foreword from Dr Liu Thai Ker, the book forms a quaint portrait of “public housing new towns [as] the basic building blocks of Singapore”.

Title: The Little Singapore Book

Author: Sim Ee Waun

No. of pages: 79 pages

Call Number: DS610.4 Sim

Did you know that a sparkling sea dragon helped Singapore celebrate its first National Day Parade? Supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund, this book takes you on a whirlwind romp through the amazing story of the Little Red Dot that could, from fishing village to sovereign nation. A quick read for the young at heart to learn about the history, culture and identity of Singapore, sprinkled with nuggets of fascinating facts you never knew, as well as activities and games to ensure a fun journey of discovery.

Title: In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel

Editors: Zhang Ruihe and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow

No. of pages: 371 pages

Call Number: PR9570.S52 In

In this anthology, the writers describe the joys of flight and explain how Changi Airport symbolizes Singapore’s progress. These are our stories, integrating to form a pattern that tells its own story – that of the world’s best airport. Experience the hope of an aspiring Singaporean writer flying to Seattle for a prestigious writing convention, the frustration of a paid dining companion when her client ignores her, the emptiness of a screening officer and much more in this relatable read.


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