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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 12/6/2014
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by melydia): travelling


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2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, December 06, 2014

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I selected this book from The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc., an organization whose mission it is to put books into the hands of those who want them.

Thank you so much! 


Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) - 5811 Vandegrift Avenue in Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, September 12, 2015

9 out of 10

Released 2 yrs ago (9/13/2015 UTC) at Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) - 5811 Vandegrift Avenue in Rockville, Maryland USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I read another copy of this same book four months ago. I wrote this after I read it...

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This was quite a delightful read. I've read novels in the past about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II into special camps away from the west coast. However, the other books I read were focused on the "white" American point of view. This book has the protagonist Henry Lee, a 13-year-old American boy of Chinese descent, who befriends the Japanese girl Keiko Okabe because they are the only two Asian students in their "white" school. The story deals with Henry's father's antagonistic attitude to his son's friendship with a Japanese girl for precisely the same reasons many "white" Americans felt antagonistic towards people of Japanese descent at that time.

I loved how detailed the story was in presenting the plight of the Japanese Americans who were then living in Seattle. This novel was also a testimony to two dear friendships: that of Henry and Keiko, as well as that of Henry with adult black saxophone player Sheldon Thomas who played the streets at first and then later the jazz clubs of Seattle.

I found that it took me an extraordinarily long time to read this book. I think that had much to do with the fact that there were numerous very short chapters. I often tend to stop reading at the end of chapters. Nevertheless, I felt compelled to read through to the end of the story and found the ending very satisfying.

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Happy reading!
 


Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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Thank you for returning this book to the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720). I'll be saving it to go out for Round #2. 


Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) - 5811 Vandegrift Avenue in Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Released 1 yr ago (12/29/2015 UTC) at Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) - 5811 Vandegrift Avenue in Rockville, Maryland USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Going out for Round #2...

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Happy reading!
 


Journal Entry 5 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, January 10, 2016

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I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere... 


Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Soho Tea & Coffee (Dupont Circle) in Washington, District of Columbia USA on Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (1/31/2016 UTC) at Soho Tea & Coffee (Dupont Circle) in Washington, District of Columbia USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I'm releasing this book at Soho Tea & Coffee at a meet-up of BCinDC, my local BookCrossing group. What fun!

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Journal Entry 7 by melydia at Centreville, Virginia USA on Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Picked this up at today's meetup in Washington, DC. It came highly recommended. 


Journal Entry 8 by melydia at Centreville, Virginia USA on Saturday, June 03, 2017

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A Chinese-American boy befriends a Japanese-American girl in Seattle in the early 1940s. Then Pearl Harbor happens, and rampant racism, and Japanese internment camps. The story begins with our main character discovering that a lot of the belongings of the Japanese citizens, put in the basement of a hotel for safekeeping decades before, are still there. This is a story about love and war and music and memories. I worried it would be terribly sad and frustrating at the end, but it wasn't. It was actually very sweet. An overall satisfying read. 


Journal Entry 9 by melydia at Starbucks (Frontier Drive) in Springfield, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Released 5 mos ago (6/25/2017 UTC) at Starbucks (Frontier Drive) in Springfield, Virginia USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Taking to today's BCinDC meetup. If no one claims it, it'll go on the OBCZ shelf.


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