My pick for what I'll be reading this month, and for what I recommend as the June read is an oldie, but goodie-Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This book was published in 1997, and I read it when I was in high school (many moons ago)! Memoirs of a Geisha was also made into a movie in 2005. Now, after my recent trip to Japan, and getting to see geisha and maiko (geisha-in-training) in real life, I thought I'd pick up the book once again. The book is a fictional tale of what life was like for geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II.
Barnes and Noble Synopsis: An epic on an intimate scale, Memoirs of a Geisha takes the reader behind the rice-paper screens of the geisha house to a vanished floating world of beauty and cruelty, from a poor fishing village in 1929 to the decadence of 1940s Kyoto, through the chaos of World War II to the towers of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where the gray-eyed geisha Sayuri unfolds the remarkable story of her life.