Learn More About the 2016 One Read Finalists

The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 115 book suggestions for the 2016 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 29, cast your vote for either “Bettyville” by George Hodgman or “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

Bettyville by George Hodgman“Bettyville” by George Hodgman

Hodgman, after working for years as an editor in New York City, returns to Paris, Missouri, and finds that his hometown and his aging mother Betty are both in extreme decline. The two share a fierce love, but a deep silence, as Betty has never been able to understand or accept his homosexuality. Hodgman reflects on his recovery from addiction, losing loved ones to the AIDS epidemic and his struggles to care for the still feisty but failing Betty. Funny, honest and tenderhearted, this memoir illuminates how a person is shaped by a family and community that are at once loving and damaging, flawed and beautiful.

Preview the first few pages of “Bettyville.”

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford

When the renovation of a historic Seattle hotel unearths artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II, it also sparks memories in old Henry Lee. This historical fiction follows Henry as he remembers the racial tensions of the 1940s and his forbidden friendship with a Japanese schoolmate. Jamie Ford’s moving debut novel examines the gulf between immigrant parents and their American-born children, the innocence of first love and the dangers of blind patriotism.

Preview the first few pages of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.”

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2 thoughts on “Learn More About the 2016 One Read Finalists”

  1. Absolutely I vote for “Bettyville.” Nothing says “home” like this incredible book – regardless of where you live. Bravo!!

  2. I have read both books. Although, I loved Bettyville and its comical reminder of our relationships with an aged Mother, I would chose Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Although this book is also about child/parent relationships it is historical fiction regarding the Japanese internments and how it affects families.

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