Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a beautifully written book details the life of a woman, from childhood to old age, as a Geisha. The story of...more Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a beautifully written book details the life of a woman, from childhood to old age, as a Geisha. The story of Chiyo/Sayuri as poor child in a little fishing village who was sold to work in an 'okia' or house that trained geisha to entertain at the tea houses in Gilon, on the outskirts of Kyoto, from the 1920's through post WWII Japan.
This book tells of the everyday events of the geisha, their apprentices, teachers, and maids. It gives us a peak at the hardships they endured, the pain they suffered, but also the endurance they showed, the hope that kept them alive.
This is a complex story: it has much beauty but does not shy away from showing us the ugliness. The petty jealousies of the geisha and apprentices and the harm they did; the politics of the geisha in procuring a sponsor, or 'dona' for monetary support; the changes that came with the coming of WWII and the inevitable devastation and the restoration after the war with the American occupation. The end reminds us that all of humanity experiences these stages in life: the struggles, the pain, the hope, and the promise of happiness.
I appreciated this book. The words flowed beautifully and the characters were artfully presented. The story made me thoughtful and contemplative. I recommend this book for mature (over fifteen years old)readers because of adult themes.(less)
I enjoyed reading Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin when I read it last year. I enjoyed it so much I read it in it's entirety in one s...more I enjoyed reading Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin when I read it last year. I enjoyed it so much I read it in it's entirety in one sitting. It was funny, insightful and interesting. I related to Steve Martin's experiences growing up in southern California in the 1960's because I, too, grew up there at that time. His gentle humor in relating his stories that made up his life and his hesitants to "tell-all" about the people he encountered or had relationships with made it a pleasure to read.
I highly recommend this book. I appreciate his comedy even more after reading this book.(less)
Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse by Echo Heron was the first book about nurses I read after becoming a Registered Nurse. At the time i found it...more Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse by Echo Heron was the first book about nurses I read after becoming a Registered Nurse. At the time i found it daunting...a seemingly impossible job. Echo Heron told the story with warmth and compassion but also in complete candor. She had done it, not because it was easy or comfortable to do but because she was compelled to succeed in giving care and making a positive difference in the world around her.
Some twenty years later I have reread the book and I see it through completely different eyes. Acute hospital nursing is a calling, a mission, a way of life, not just a career. Anyone who would go into the field of nursing solely for making money or to have a prestigious career, I feel, should look for something else. As Echo Heron points out, it is life vs. death, It affects your lifestyle, your family, and takes over your body, mind, and soul. Not everyone can or should go into the field of nursing.
I recommend this book for those considering making nursing their life's work, those looking to make a difference in their world,and to those who have the gift of compassion. The stories in this book are true...they happen to nurses every day. (less)
I am very fortune to have received 'The Foremost Good Fortune" written by Susan Conley through a First Reads Giveaway. I have had an interest in the f...moreI am very fortune to have received 'The Foremost Good Fortune" written by Susan Conley through a First Reads Giveaway. I have had an interest in the far east, having visited China and Hong Kong in 2000 while my daughter studied in Hong Kong that year.
This is a real-life story about a family that moved to China, as told by the mother. The father has had an interest in China since college when he spent some time there and is happy he can relocate his family to China for work purposes. The mother tells the story of the trails and tribulations of raising two children in a country with very different customs and a language they do not speak and is very different from their own.
During the course of her story, the mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and goes home to the U.S. for treatment. When she return home to China with the treatment finished, she again has to adjust to life in China.
This is a very interesting story; the story of a mother with courage, enthusiasm and love for her family. It is told with humor and grace and was very informative, as well. (less)
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick is a very interesting book. It tells the story of Kevin Mitn...more Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin D. Mitnick is a very interesting book. It tells the story of Kevin Mitnick, who, early in personal computing found he had a knack for breaking into phone and computer electronic files and he enjoyed it.
Over time he became notorious with myths about his exploits in hacking became legendary. He became a wanted man by the FBI. He was implicated in practically every electronic hacking crime in the early 1990's. His story is fast-moving and kept my interest. Although he includes some of technical information he limits it so as to not bore those of us who are non-technical readers.
I recommend this book to those who are interested in ready about the early history of personal electronics--personal computers, cell phones, and to people interested in electronic security and survailance. (less)