Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Book
Score: 4
From 310 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 Book Description :

BONUS: This edition contains a Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet discussion guide and an excerpt from Jamie Ford's Songs of Willow Frost. "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 obse

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Book
Score: 4
From 294 Ratings

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2014-06-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 377
  • ISBN 10 : 9781742694856

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Book Description :

A chance discovery in boarded up old hotel brings back long forgotten memories and rekindles a forbidden love, swept aside during the chaos and heartbreak World War II and internment of Japanese families in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost  Two Bestselling Novels Book

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost Two Bestselling Novels


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2014-11-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804180894

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost Two Bestselling Novels Book Description :

Jamie Ford caused a stir among readers with his unforgettable debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which he followed up with the much-anticipated Songs of Willow Frost. Each in their own way, these New York Times bestsellers delve into the past, combining exquisite storytelling with heartfelt explorations of family, love, and heritage. Now both magnificent novels are together in one exclusive eBook bundle. HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET “Mesmerizing and evocative . . . a tale of conflicted loyalties and timeless devotion.”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants “A wartime-era Chinese-Japanese variation on Romeo and Juliet . . . The period detail [is] so revealing and so well rendered.”—The Seattle Times In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown, where the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. After Keiko and her family were evacuated, she and Henry could only hope that their promise to each other would be kept. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. SONGS OF WILLOW FROST “Jamie Ford is a first-rate novelist, and with Songs of Willow Frost he takes a great leap forward and demonstrates the uncanny ability to move me to tears.”—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides “Arresting . . . [with] the kind of ending readers always hope for, but seldom get.”—The Dallas Morning News Seattle, 1934: Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother was ca

Songs of Willow Frost Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Songs of Willow Frost


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 331
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345522023

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Songs of Willow Frost Book Description :

Confined to Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage during the Great Depression, Chinese-American boy William Eng becomes convinced that a certain movie actress is actually the mother he has not seen since he was seven years old, a belief that compels a determined search for answers. By the award-winning author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

Love and Other Consolation Prizes


  • Author : Jamie Ford
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804176767

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Love and Other Consolation Prizes Book Description :

From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair. “An evocative, heartfelt, beautifully crafted story that shines a light on a fascinating, tragic bit of forgotten history.”—Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World’s Fair feels like a gift. But only once he’s there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off—a healthy boy “to a good home.” The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madam’s precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever known—and against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home he’s always desired. But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love. Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle’s second World’s Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters. Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. Praise for Love and Other Consolation Prizes “Exciting . . . [Jamie] Ford captures the thrill of first kisses and the shock of revealing long-hidden affairs.”—Kirkus Reviews “Strong . . . A laudable e

Study Guide  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford  SuperSummary  Book

Study Guide Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford SuperSummary


  • Author : SuperSummary
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019-02-17
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 37
  • ISBN 10 : 1797080911

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Study Guide Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford SuperSummary Book Description :

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 37-page guide for "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 52 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 10 important quotes, discussion topics, and key themes like Father-son relationships and Being an American.

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 Book Description :

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

After the War Is Over Book
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

After the War Is Over


  • Author : Jennifer Robson
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-01-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062396228

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After the War Is Over Book Description :

The internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel—a tale of class, love, and freedom—in which a young woman must fnd her place in a world forever changed After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boardinghouse. Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One is from a radical young newspaper editor who offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget. Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte's dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland—and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers? As Britain seethes with unrest and postwar euphoria fattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to fnd her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.

Mustard Seed Book

Mustard Seed


  • Author : Laila Ibrahim
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-11-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 1542045568

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Mustard Seed Book Description :

The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home. Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jordan Freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth's beloved nurse. The women have an unlikely bond deeper than friendship. Three years after the Civil War, Lisbeth and Mattie are tending their homes and families while Jordan, an aspiring suffragette, teaches at an integrated school. When Lisbeth discovers that her father is dying, she's summoned back to the Virginia plantation where she grew up. There she must face the Confederate family she betrayed by marrying an abolitionist. Jordan and Mattie return to Fair Oaks, too, to save the family they left behind, who still toil in oppression. For Lisbeth, it's a time for reconciliation. For Jordan and Mattie, it's time for liberation. As the Johnsons and Freedmans confront the injustice that binds them, as well as the bitterness and violence that seethes at its heart, the women must find the courage to free their families--and themselves--from the past.

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 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 Book Description :

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.

The Bitter Side of Sweet Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

The Bitter Side of Sweet


  • Author : Tara Sullivan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-02-23
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698184299

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The Bitter Side of Sweet Book Description :

For fans of Linda Sue Park and A Long Way Gone, two young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory Coast Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. This number is very important. The higher the number the safer they are because the bosses won’t beat them. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home to Moke and Auntie. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn’t know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won’t tell him. The boys only wanted to make some money during the dry season to help their impoverished family. Instead they were tricked into forced labor on a plantation in the Ivory Coast; they spend day after day living on little food and harvesting beans in the hot sun—dangerous, backbreaking work. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive—until Khadija comes into their lives. She’s the first girl who’s ever come to camp, and she’s a wild thing. She fights bravely every day, attempting escape again and again, reminding Amadou what it means to be free. But finally, the bosses break her, and what happens next to the brother he has always tried to protect almost breaks Amadou. The old impulse to run is suddenly awakened. The three band together as family and try just once more to escape. Tara Sullivan, the award-winning author of the astounding Golden Boy, delivers another powerful, riveting, and moving tale of children fighting to make a difference and be counted. Inspired by true-to-life events happening right now, The Bitter Side of Sweet is an exquisitely written tour de force not to be missed. From the Hardcover edition.

Bitter and Sweet Book

Bitter and Sweet


  • Author : Sandra V. Feder
  • Publisher : Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2018-10-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781554989966

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Bitter and Sweet Book Description :

When Hannah’s family has to move, her grandmother tells her how she felt leaving the old country — it was both bitter and sweet. As Hannah leaves her friends behind and tries to get used to a new house, she only feels bitterness. Was her grandmother wrong about the sweetness? Hannah starts to feel better about the move when she sees her new house in the soft light of the Shabbat candles. When a new friend reaches out with a special gift, Hannah realizes that sweetness can come from unexpected places and that she can even create some herself. Featuring art by acclaimed illustrator Kyrsten Brooker, this story subtly conveys a universal message — while life can be full of challenging moments, sweeter ones can be found and created. An author’s note is included on the concept of bitter and sweet in Jewish culture.

The Dead Shall Not Rest Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Dead Shall Not Rest


  • Author : Tessa Harris
  • Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780758286222

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The Dead Shall Not Rest Book Description :

The brilliant anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone returns in Tessa Harris's vivid and compelling mystery series set in 1780s London. . . It is not just the living who are prey to London's criminals and cutpurses. Corpses, too, are fair game--dug up from fresh graves and sold to unscrupulous men of science. Dr. Thomas Silkstone abhors such methods, but his leading rival, Dr. John Hunter, has learned of the imminent death of eight-foot-tall Charles Byrne, known as the "Irish Giant," and will go to any lengths to obtain the body for his research. Thomas intends to see that Byrne is allowed to rest in peace. Yet his efforts are complicated by concern for his betrothed, Lady Lydia Farrell, who breaks off their engagement without explanation. When Dr. Hunter is implicated in the horrific murder of a young castrato, Thomas must determine how far the increasingly erratic surgeon will go in the name of knowledge. For as Thomas knows too well, the blackest hearts sometimes go undetected--and even an unblemished façade can hide terrifying secrets. . . Praise for The Anatomist's Apprentice "Densely plotted. . . We await--indeed, demand--the sequel." --The New York Times Book Review "An absorbing debut. . . Harris has more than a few tricks up her sleeve and even veteran armchair puzzle solvers are likely to be surprised." --Publishers Weekly "Smart misdirection and time-period appropriate medical details make for a promising start to a new series. A strong choice for readers of Ariana Franklin and Caleb Carr." --Library Journal "CSI meets the Age of Reason with a well-drawn, intriguing cast of characters, headed by the brilliant Dr. Thomas Silkstone. Full of twists and turns, Tessa Harris's debut mystery can confound the most adept reader. Vivid details pulled me right into the world of early forensic sleuthing. A page turner!" --Karen Harper "Intricate forensic details and a host of intriguing characters drive the story. The author will have you flipping the pages at each unexpect

American Knees Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

American Knees


  • Author : Shawn Wong
  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • Release Date : 2005-05-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780295745282

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American Knees Book Description :

Read about the movie, Americanese, based on Shawn Wong's book, at: http://www.americanesethemovie.com

The Girl Who Reads on the M  tro Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Girl Who Reads on the M tro


  • Author : Christine Féret-Fleury
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release Date : 2019-10-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250315434

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The Girl Who Reads on the M tro Book Description :

“With a cast of characters reminiscent of the French film Amélie, Féret-Fleury creates a world that is delightful and enchanting...Light and sweet as a bonbon, this little confection of a book is delicious.” —Kirkus Reviews For fans of Amélie and The Little Paris Bookshop, a modern fairytale about a French woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets a reclusive bookseller and his young daughter. Juliette leads a perfectly ordinary life in Paris, working a slow office job, dating a string of not-quite-right men, and fighting off melancholy. The only bright spots in her day are her métro rides across the city and the stories she dreams up about the strangers reading books across from her: the old lady, the math student, the amateur ornithologist, the woman in love, the girl who always tears up at page 247. One morning, avoiding the office for as long as she can, Juliette finds herself on a new block, in front of a rusty gate wedged open with a book. Unable to resist, Juliette walks through, into the bizarre and enchanting lives of Soliman and his young daughter, Zaide. Before she realizes entirely what is happening, Juliette agrees to become a passeur, Soliman’s name for the booksellers he hires to take stacks of used books out of his store and into the world, using their imagination and intuition to match books with readers. Suddenly, Juliette’s daydreaming becomes her reality, and when Soliman asks her to move in to their store to take care of Zaide while he goes away, she has to decide if she is ready to throw herself headfirst into this new life. Big-hearted, funny, and gloriously zany, The Girl Who Reads on the Métro is a delayed coming-of-age story about a young woman who dares to change her life, and a celebration of the power of books to unite us all.

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 Book Description :

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.

Love Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Love


  • Author : Roddy Doyle
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2020-06-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735279896

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Love Book Description :

Two old friends reconnect in Dublin for a dramatic, revealing evening of confidences--some planned, some spontaneous--in this captivating new book from the author of the Booker Prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. Old friends meet up on a summer's evening at a Dublin restaurant. Both are now married with grown-up children, and their lives have taken seemingly similar paths. But Joe has a secret he has to tell Davy, and Davy, a grief he wants to keep from Joe. Both are not the men they used to be. Neither Davy nor Joe know what the night has in store, but as two pints turns to three, then five, and the men set out to revisit the haunts of their youth, the ghosts of Dublin entwine around them. Their first buoyant forays into adulthood, the pubs, the parties, broken hearts and bungled affairs, as well as the memories of what eventually drove them apart. As the two friends try to reconcile their versions of the past over the course of one night, Love offers a moving portrait of what it means to put into words the many forms love can take throughout our lives.

Things Kept  Things Left Behind Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Things Kept Things Left Behind


  • Author : Jim Tomlinson
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release Date : 2009-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9781587297687

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Things Kept Things Left Behind Book Description :

The stories in Things Kept, Things Left Behind explore the ambiguities of kept secrets, the tangles of abandoned pasts, and uneasy accommodations. Jim Tomlinson’s characters each face the desire to reclaim dreams left behind, along with something of the dreamer that was also lost. Starkly rendered, these spiraling characters inhabit a specific place and class---small-town Kentucky, working-class America---but the stories, told in all their humor and tragedy, are universal.In each story the characters face conflict, sometimes within themselves, sometimes with each other. Each carries a past and with it an urge to return and repair. In “First Husband, First Wife,” ex-spouses are repeatedly drawn together by a shared history they cannot seem to escape, and they are finally forced to choose between leaving the past or leaving each other. LeAnn and Cass are grown sisters who conspire to help their prideful mother in “Things Kept.” “Prologue” is a voyeuristic journey through the surprisingly different lives of two star-crossed friends, each with its successes and pitfalls, told through their letters over thirty-five years. In “Stainless,” Annie and Warren divide their possessions on the final night of their marriage. Their realtor has advised them to “declutter” the house they are leaving, but they discover that most of the clutter cannot be so easily removed. The choices are never simple, and for every thing kept, something must be abandoned. Tomlinson’s characters struggle but eventually find their way, often unknowingly, to points of departure, to places where things just might change.

Color of the Sea Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Color of the Sea


  • Author : John Hamamura
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307386076

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Color of the Sea Book Description :

Separated from his Japanese-American family and girlfriend by the internment practices of World War II, martial arts master Sam Hamada is recruited by the U.S. Army for a secret mission in Japan, where he finds himself torn between cultures. Reprint.

Thereby Hangs a Tail Book
Score: 4
From 34 Ratings

Thereby Hangs a Tail


  • Author : Spencer Quinn
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Dogs
  • Pages : 389
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459612891

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Thereby Hangs a Tail Book Description :

Bernie Little and his canine companion, Chet, are private investigators. Both have had some setbacks in life - Bernie in combat, Chet in K-9 dog-training school - but together they make up a team like no other. In Thereby Hangs a Tail, Bernie and Chet are hired to investigate threats made against an unlikely target - a pretty, pampered show dog named Princess. What seems like a joke turns serious when Princess and her owner are abducted. And to make matters worse, Bernie's on-again, off-again girlfriend, reporter Susie Sanchez, disappears too. When Chet gets separated from Bernie, he tries to put the pieces together, find his way home, and save the day. With genuine suspense and intrigue, combined with humour and insight into the special bond between man and dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is the much awaited sequel to the fantastic, funny, New York Times bestselling Dog On It. It will keep everyone talking - and chuckling.