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 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.