Archive for April, 2013

hotel on the corner of bitter and sweetMonday, May 6th
11:00 am
Meeting Room B

Join us to discuss…

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford

This debut novel tells a heartwarming story of fathers and sons, first loves, fate, and the resilient human heart. Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, the times and places are brought to life by the marvelous, evocative details.


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A video tour narrated by Jamie Ford through the Panama Hotel and other locations from the book,  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. In addition there is some footage and images from the time period of the book, the start of World World II,  comparing what it looked like then and now.

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Hey book club members I just wanted to make sure everyone knew about this!

In celebration of National Library Week, visit or call Lisle Library on Wednesday, April 17th to have every single cent of your late fees waived for free! (Does not apply to any other charges other than late fees). April 17th, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. only!

Also in celebration of National Library Week we have a “How well do you know Lisle” quiz going on. Pick up the quiz at the library and get in on a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite!!!

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jamie ford

I was looking for information on author Jamie Ford for our next book group discussion and I ran across an interview on his website that talks about where the idea for the “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” came from. I thought it was interesting and thought some of you might enjoy reading it too.

Here is the link to “A conversation with Jamie Ford.”    http://www.jamieford.com/interview/

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shoemakers wife

On Monday, April 1st, the Booked for the Day book group met to discuss The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani.

  • Everyone enjoyed the book and most of us found it very emotional; from the death of Stella, to the separation of the Larzzari brothers, and finally the death of Ciro.
  • Another reason the group enjoyed the book was that it was not a story that had a predictable ending. The story line was more realistic than most novels and didn’t have your typical happily-ever-after ending.
  • Most of us were disturbed by the power the priest had over the parishioners but were not surprised. The group discussed stories of how much influence priests have over their community. We also talked about the fact that Ciro was not allowed to see Eduardo when he was being ordained.
  • We talked about why Enza didn’t marry Vito, whom she knew so well and spent so much time with, in contrast to Ciro, with whom she shared only moments with.
  • We all thought that Ciro and Enza would have ended up together even if they never left the mountain.
  • One of our members thought that Ciro should have forgiven his mother for abandoning him as a boy, but most thought her abandonment had affected him and understood what a hardship it was on him and Eduardo growing up without a mother or father.
  • One of our members had a similar family immigration history as the Lazzaris and the Ravanellis and talked about her grandfather’s experience when coming over from Italy. His occupation was even listed as a shoemaker.
  • The group does not foresee a sequel unless they come up with something a little more interesting for Antonio and Angela. We also talked about the age differences between Antonio and Angela which was a concern for us.

These are just of few things mentioned during the discussion. Please feel free to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.

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