Book Club Kit: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
First Published: 2009
10 Copies & Reading Guide

When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes a Book Description, Author Information, Reviews, and Discussion Questions.
NoveList – Includes Read-alikes and a complete Book Discussion Guide (if you need assistance navigating NoveList, give us a call!)

The Seattle Times – “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Recalls World War II-era Seattle” by Michael Upchurch
The Book Lady’s Blog
– “Book Review” by Rebecca Joines Schinsky
The New York Times – “Fiction Chronicle” by Alison McCulloch (4th Review on page) – “Book Review” by Norah Piehl

On the Web:
Jamie Ford’s Website & Blog –
Shelf Awareness – “Book Brahmin: Jamie Ford
Videos – A Tour of Locations Mentioned in the Book from ExpandedBooks and an Interview with Jamie Ford at Borders Presents.

More about World War II and the Japanese-American Internment Camps:
Our Documents – Transcript of Executive Order 9066 (1942)
Digital History – Explorations: Japanese-American Internment
Calisphere – University of California: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
Library of Congress – Ansel Adam’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
PBS – or “Children of the Camps: Internment History
Wikipedia – Japanese American Internment and Japanese Canadian Internment

If you enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, you might like:
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans by Erica Harth
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Book Club Kit) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Sea of Poppies (Book Club Kit) by Amitav Ghosh
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka


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