Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford is the author of the bestselling Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, winner of the Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature. This month, his moving novel of Depression-era Seattle, entitled Songs of Willow Frost, has captured a wide and admiring audience, with its eloquent and touching story of an orphan pursuing the movie actress whom he believes to be his long-lost mother. In keeping with Frost's own moving narrative, Ford this week celebrates five books united by what he dubs "heartbreak for the whole family."


The Great Santini
By Pat Conroy

"Pat once said, 'The greatest gift a writer can ever be given is an unhappy childhood.' If you've ever read The Great Santini, My Losing Season, or The Prince of Tides, you'll know that Pat was indeed a gifted child."




Please Look After Mom
By Kyung-sook Shin

"Some books change the way we look at ourselves, the way we interact with those closest to our hearts -- the way we've loved those people, or the way we've missed them or taken them hopelessly for granted. This is one of those books."




By Craig Thompson

"This sweet, sorrowful memoir in graphic novel form is a love story, a family story, and one of my favorite books of all time."




The Hummingbird's Daughter
By Luis Alberto Urrea

"Epic in scale yet lyrical in voice, this historical masterpiece blurs the lines between legend, fairy tale, and family folklore -- with the soaring spirit of magical realism."





Up from the Blue
By Susan Henderson

"This debut novel portrays a family with contradictions we can all relate to -- beautiful and maddening, hopeful and condemning, simple yet like a knot that takes a lifetime to untangle. You will love it completely, even as it hurts you."


April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.