Saturday, October 10, 2015

Book Spotlight Giveaway! Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that when we moved I discovered just how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

We read this book for my book club and we all enjoyed it very much. There was a lot to talk about as well. The Japanese interment camps have always interested me and this story gives the reader a very personal look at what was going on and how it affected several families at the time, as well as how they are dealing with it in the present times. I loved this book and I highly recommend it.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Paperback, 285 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks

In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now 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 of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors.

After Keiko and her family were evacuated to the internment camps, 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. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.


About the author

My name is James.

Yes, I'm a dude.

I’m also the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—which was, in no particular order, an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s Pick at Costco, a Target Bookmarked Club Pick, and a National Bestseller. It was also named the #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association.

In addition, Hotel has been translated into 34 languages. I’m still holding out for Klingon (that’s when you know you’ve made it).

My new novel, Songs of Willow Frost was published September 10, 2013. And I'm also working on a YA (Young Adult) series that even my agent doesn't know about...yet.

On the personal side, I'm the proud father of more teenagers than I can keep track of. Yep, it's chaos, but the good kind of chaos.

Connect with Jamie

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  1. I just love the name of this 1940ish. I can't wait to read it.

  2. Sounds like a good read. Love the cover.

  3. The book description has me in an emotional suspense and I can't wait to read if he finds what he is looking for.

  4. I have read this book and it's one of my favorites. I'd love to have my own copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Oooh, I read this a few years ago, I loved it! You need to read Songs of Willow Frost next!

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to get this one.

  6. This sounds like a great book, I'm looking forward to having the chance to read it.


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