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Author: Arthur Golden; Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Va.)
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : Alexandria Library, 2007-
Series: Book clubs to go.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Kit : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves. A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Kit
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Golden; Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Va.)
ISBN: 0679781587 9780679781585
OCLC Number: 137281458
Notes: Discussion guide contains tips for starting a book club, review(s), author biography, discussion questions and a list of available titles.
For use by: Book discussion groups in Alexandria City libraries.
Description: 1 tote bag + 1 resource guide; 8-10 books.
Contents: Introduction --
Tips for starting a book club --
About the author --
Discussion questions --
Review(s) --
Available titles.
Series Title: Book clubs to go.
Other Titles: Book clubs to go : Memoirs of a geisha
Book clubs to go
Responsibility: Arthur Golden.

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The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves. A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction-at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful-and completely unforgettable.

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