Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Book
Score: 4
From 319 Ratings

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2009-01-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345512505

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Excerpt :

"Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages...A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices."-- Kirkus Reviews “A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today's world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you feel." -- Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain “Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.” -- Lisa See, bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol. This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white k

Songs of Willow Frost Book
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings

Songs of Willow Frost


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345522047

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Songs of Willow Frost Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From Jamie Ford, author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen. Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home. Praise for Songs of Willow Frost “If you liked Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, you’re going to love Songs of Willow Frost. . . . tender, powerful, and deeply satisfying.”—Lisa Genova “[A] poignant tale of lost and found love.”—Tampa Bay Times “Arresting . . . [with] the kind of ending readers always hope for, but

Love and Other Consolation Prizes Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

Love and Other Consolation Prizes


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: FICTION
  • Pages : 307
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804176750

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Love and Other Consolation Prizes Excerpt :

A half-Chinese orphan whose mother sacrificed everything to give him a better chance is raffled off as a prize at Seattle's 1909 World's Fair, only to land in the ownership of the madam of a notorious brothel where he finds friendship and opportunities, in a story based on true events.

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2022-08-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982158231

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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy Excerpt :

A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! The New York Times bestselling author of the “mesmerizing and evocative” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations. Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living. As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her five-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has truly come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help. Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America. As painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period. A stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Dorothy endeavors to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, to finally find peace for her daughter, and gain the love that has long been waiting, knowing she may pay the ultimate price.

Private Life Book
Score: 3.5
From 27 Ratings

Private Life


  • Author : Jane Smiley
  • Publisher : Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 317
  • ISBN 10 : 1400040604

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Private Life Excerpt :

As her husband's obsessions with science take a darker turn on the eve of World War II, Margaret Mayfield is forced to consider the life she has so carefully constructed. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet


  • Author : Laekan Zea Kemp
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2021-04-06
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316460316

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Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Excerpt :

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning Pura Belpré Honor Book about first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong. Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos. But her mom and dad have different plans—leaving Pen to choose between not disappointing her traditional Mexican American parents or following her own path. When she confesses a secret she's been keeping, her world is sent into a tailspin. But then she meets a cute new hire at Nacho's who sees through her hard exterior and asks the questions she's been too afraid to ask herself. Xander Amaro has been searching for home since he was a little boy. For him, a job at Nacho's is an opportunity for just that—a chance at a normal life, to settle in at his abuelo's, and to find the father who left him behind. But when both the restaurant and Xander's immigrant status are threatened, he will do whatever it takes to protect his newfound family and himself. Together, Pen and Xander must navigate first love and discovering where they belong in order to save the place they all call home. This stunning and poignant novel from debut author Laekan Zea Kemp explores identity, found families and the power of food, all nestled within a courageous and intensely loyal Chicanx community.

The Corner of Bitter and Sweet Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

The Corner of Bitter and Sweet


  • Author : Robin Palmer
  • Publisher : Puffin
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 0142412503

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The Corner of Bitter and Sweet Excerpt :

Growing up as the daughter of a popular television star, Annabelle struggles to maintain a healthy mother-daughter relationship when her mother's antics include a DUI charge and a relationship with a much younger man.

Thistle and Twigg Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Thistle and Twigg


  • Author : Mary Saums
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release Date : 2007-04-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429950633

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Thistle and Twigg Excerpt :

Jane Thistle is a widow who has just settled down in Tullulah, Alabama, after a long and happy life with her husband, a career military officer whose job took them all over the world. But now that she's on her own, she's just as happy to have found this delightful small Southern town to call home. Her new best friend is Phoebe Twigg, also a widow, who has lived in Tullulah all her life. Phoebe is about as different as could be from the worldly and refined Jane Thistle, but her colorful personality and warm, welcoming Southern nature make them quite a team. The two ladies become fast friends when they stumble on a dead body while on a walk in the woods near Jane's new house. And that's not all of the mysteries interrupting the slow life in Tullulah: Someone seems to be threatening Jane's neighbor, a local old recluse who seems to have more interest in the land than in its inhabitants; a firebomb explodes in Phoebe's kitchen; and unexplainable sounds and objects turn up at the strangest times in Jane's house. Jane and Phoebe quickly become partners in investigation in Mary Saums's funny and charming---and surprising---debut mystery.

The Orchard Book

The Orchard


  • Author : Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2022-03-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593356029

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The Orchard Excerpt :

Four teenagers grow inseparable in the last days of the Soviet Union—but not all of them will live to see the new world arrive in this powerful debut novel, loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. “Spectacular . . . intensely evocative and gorgeously written . . . will fill readers’ eyes with tears and wonder.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune Coming of age in the USSR in the 1980s, best friends Anya and Milka try to envision a free and joyful future for themselves. They spend their summers at Anya’s dacha just outside of Moscow, lazing in the apple orchard, listening to Queen songs, and fantasizing about trips abroad and the lives of American teenagers. Meanwhile, Anya’s parents talk about World War II, the Blockade, and the hardships they have endured. By the time Anya and Milka are fifteen, the Soviet Empire is on the verge of collapse. They pair up with classmates Trifonov and Lopatin, and the four friends share secrets and desires, argue about history and politics, and discuss forbidden books. But the world is changing, and the fleeting time they have together is cut short by a sudden tragedy. Years later, Anya returns to Russia from America, where she has chosen a different kind of life, far from her family and childhood friends. When she meets Lopatin again, he is a smug businessman who wants to buy her parents’ dacha and cut down the apple orchard. Haunted by the ghosts of her youth, Anya comes to the stark realization that memory does not fade or disappear; rather, it moves us across time, connecting our past to our future, joys to sorrows. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry’s The Orchard powerfully captures the lives of four Soviet teenagers who are about to lose their country and one another, and who struggle to survive, to save their friendship, to recover all that has been lost.

Middle  Lost  and Found Book

Middle Lost and Found


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Allison & Busby
  • Release Date : 2013-12-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 25
  • ISBN 10 : 9780749016852

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Middle Lost and Found Excerpt :

A short story from Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Trouble Book
Score: 4
From 23 Ratings

Trouble


  • Author : Gary D. Schmidt
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2010-04-12
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547487731

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Trouble Excerpt :

“Henry Smith’s father told him that if you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you.” But Trouble comes careening down the road one night in the form of a pickup truck that strikes Henry’s older brother, Franklin. In the truck is Chay Chouan, a young Cambodian from Franklin’s preparatory school, and the accident sparks racial tensions in the school—and in the well-established town where Henry’s family has lived for generations. Caught between anger and grief, Henry sets out to do the only thing he can think of: climb Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, which he and Franklin were going to climb together. Along with Black Dog, whom Henry has rescued from drowning, and a friend, Henry leaves without his parents’ knowledge. The journey, both exhilarating and dangerous, turns into an odyssey of discovery about himself, his older sister, Louisa, his ancestry, and why one can never escape from Trouble.

Stories from Suffragette City Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Stories from Suffragette City


  • Author : M.J. Rose
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2020-10-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250241337

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Stories from Suffragette City Excerpt :

One City. One Movement. A World of Stories. Stories from Suffragette City is a collection of short stories that all take place on a single day: October 23, 1915. It’s the day when tens of thousands of women marched up Fifth Avenue, demanding the right to vote in New York City. Thirteen of today's bestselling authors have taken this moment as inspiration to raise the voices of history and breathe fresh life into their struggles and triumphs. The characters depicted here, some well-known, others unfamiliar, each inspire and reinvigorate the power of democracy. We follow a young woman who is swept up in the protests when all she expected was to come sell her apples in the city. We see Alva Vanderbilt as her white-gloved sensibility is transformed over the course of the single fateful day. Ida B. Wells battles for racial justice in the women's suffrage movement so that every woman's voice can be heard. Each story stands on its own, but together Stories From Suffragette City becomes a symphony, painting a portrait of a country looking for a fight and ever restless for progress and equality. With an introduction by Kristin Hannah and stories from: Lisa Wingate M.J. Rose Steve Berry Paula McLain Katherine J. Chen Christina Baker Kline Jamie Ford Dolen Perkins-Valdez Megan Chance Alyson Richman Chris Bohjalian and Fiona Davis

Bitter  Sweet Book

Bitter Sweet


  • Author : Laura Best
  • Publisher : Nimbus Pub Limited
  • Release Date : 2010-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN 10 : 1551097362

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Bitter Sweet Excerpt :

When Pru's father abandons the family and her mother dies, she and her older sister Jesse do everything they can to hide the fact that they're on their own in order to keep their siblings together.

Girl at the Edge Book

Girl at the Edge


  • Author : Karen Dietrich
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-03-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538732946

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Girl at the Edge Excerpt :

"Karen Dietrich can stop your heart with a sentence." --Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife Not a single resident of St. Augustine, Florida, can forget the day that Michael Joshua Hayes walked into a shopping mall and walked out the mass murderer of eleven people. He's now spent over a decade on death row, and his daughter Evelyn - who doesn't remember a time when her father wasn't an infamous killer - is determined to unravel the mystery and understand what drove her father to shoot those innocent victims. Evelyn's search brings her to a support group for children of incarcerated parents, where a fierce friendship develops with another young woman named Clarisse. Soon the girls are inseparable, and by the beginning of the summer, Evelyn is poised at the edge of her future and must make a life-defining choice. Whether to believe that a parent's legacy of violence is escapable or that history will simply keep repeating itself. Whether we choose it to or not.

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All Book
Score: 3.5
From 24 Ratings

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All


  • Author : Christina Thompson
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2011-07-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408820797

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Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All Excerpt :

Come On Shore and We Will Kill And Eat You All is a sensitive and vibrant portrayal of the cultural collision between Westerners and Maoris, from Abel Tasman's discovery of New Zealand in 1642 to the author's unlikely romance with a Maori man. An intimate account of two centuries of friction and fascination, this intriguing and unpredictable book weaves a path through time and around the world in a rich exploration of the past and the future that it leads to.