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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
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Jan 18, 11

Read from December 27 to 29, 2010

Wow. What a story.

I loved the themes on what it really means to be American. The fact that America was based on freedom and equality and that our race and ancestry shouldn't matter at all.

And yet, it did. It mattered a lot during WWII. I've always been a little horrified by the Japanese internment camps, feeling that what we did couldn't be much better than what Hitler himself was doing. This book was a poignant look into what it meant to be Japanese in America during that time. In fact, what it meant to be anything but a Caucasian American.

I fell in love with Henry. What a wonderful character. And Keiko. It's a beautiful story, and one that will make you think.
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