Our memoir was published in five countries:
American Publisher: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press (May 2011)
Korean Publisher: Lifemap (June 2011)
Italian Publisher: Edizioni Piemme (December 2011)
Chinese Publisher: Publishing House of Electronic Industry (2012)
Check out Jama Rattigan’s review of our book! http://jamarattigan.com/2011/10/27/twice-as-good-chocolate-chocolate-by-frances-park-and-ginger-park-2/
USA Today Review (June 9, 2011)
Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could
By Frances Park and Ginger Park
Thomas Dunne Books, 274 pp., $23.99
Could there possibly be a sweeter book written by two adorably joyful sisters? The Park sisters’ chocolate shop is located in Washington, D.C., and although they were born in the USA, their story has its roots in Korea. Their parents were immigrants who instilled in their daughters a desire to fulfill the American dream. Their struggle to keep their now-successful store alive since its opening in 1984 is detailed in lively prose. Best of all, the fragrance of chocolate and sugar seems to waft from the pages of this heartfelt memoir.
— Carol Memmott
When their beloved father died suddenly, authors Frances and Ginger Park (To Swim Across the World) comforted themselves with chocolates and mused on opening a confectionery shop with their small inheritance. The idea felt right to them–”a shop our late father would’ve loved just by virtue of its contents: chocolates and daughters”–and despite their inexperience, they decide to go for it, with their mother as silent partner. In 1984, on the day f their Washington, D.C., store, named Chocolate Chocolate, opened, they already were beset with difficulties, from crumbling walls and cracking floors installed by a shoddy, shady contractor to trying to conjure strategies to gain attention and sales. Bit by bit, their clientele grows; the sisters write fondly and often humorously of the recurring characters in their new, chocolate-centric lives, from favorite customers to the kooky sales rep who becomes an employee and dear friend. They easily move between musings on friendship and family, all the while offering inspiration and valuable lessons for budding entrepreneurs. The recipe for their house truffle rounds out this appealing, engaging memoir that’s sure to appeal to a range of readers, chocoholics or not. (May, Publisher’s Weekly)
Forget the economy, the disaster in Japan, the Middle East revolutions, even the oil crisis. Read this story of the American dream coming true. Long enamored of chocolate in all its iterations, Washington, D.C.’s Frances and Ginger Park, of Korean heritage, schemed and planned and opened a shop devoted to all things truffled and cocoa-ed. Their account resembles a novel, with characters so real and funny that you should expect laughing out loud from almost every page. Sympathize with the sisters as they deal with corrupt contractors and the Evil Empire (aka real estate developers and owners). Giggle as they name literally every frequent customer, from Mr. X and Dr. Zhivago to Kahlua Lady and Gypsy Bess. Cheer when they conquer New York’s Fancy Food Show, Mom’s heart condition, and the loss of their original lease. Stranger encounters turn into business deals (e.g., realizing writing careers as novelists and children’s book authors) and even marriage and a son, Justin, for Ginger. Authentic, this breezily-written autobiography begs to become your next sweet read.
— Barbara Jacobs, Booklist