Nashua Reads

We will announce the title of the 2021 Nashua Reads book in the spring.

One City, One Book 2020

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet  was the selection for the 2020 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program.

  • Author Jamie Ford joined us for a virtual visit on Sunday, October 11, 2020. You can watch a recording of the event here.

About the bookbook jacket, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

During World War II in Seattle, Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy, meets Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors.

After Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to internment camps, she and Henry are only left with hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope.

This book, a national bestseller, was the #1 Book Club Pick in 2010 by the American Booksellers Association.

Read an excerpt

You can read an excerpt of the book here.

About the author

author Jamie Ford

Author Jamie Ford
Photo credit: Allen Alabastro

Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations.

Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller.

Ford’s work has been translated into 35 languages. (He’s still holding out for Klingon, because that’s when you know you’ve made it). His latest novel is Love and Other Consolation Prizes. When not writing or daydreaming, he can be found tweeting @jamieford and on Instagram @jamiefordofficial.

Get your copy now

The library has nearly 100 copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, including print, e-book, and audio versions. So reserve your copy and pick it up at the library (don’t forget that we offer curbside pickup). Read it; talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors; and then meet the author virtually with us this fall.

Our sponsorsFriends of the Nashua Public Library logo

Jamie Ford’s appearance is sponsored by:

  • The Friends of the Nashua Public Library
  • The Ella Anderson Trust


For more information about Nashua Reads, contact Carol Luers Eyman at (603) 589-4610 or  For more information about Jamie Ford please visit

About Nashua Reads: One City, One Book

The goal of the One City, One Book program is to get as many Nashuans as possible to read the same book and talk about it with friends, coworkers, and neighbors. The Nashua program is now in its 18th year.

Community reading programs originated in 1998 when the Washington Center for the Book sponsored “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” In the years since, similar programs, under names like “One City, One Book,” “The Big Read,” and others, have been held throughout the US.

Previous Nashua Reads Books

2019: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
2017: Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
2016: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
2015: Euphoria by Lily King
2014: The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
2013: The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
2012: When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton
2011: Song Yet Sung by James McBride
2010: We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
2009: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
2008: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
2007: Zorro by Isabel Allende
2006: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
2005: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
2004: Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
2003: Empire Falls by Richard Rousseau