Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel

By Arthur Golden

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this awesome debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and beautiful lyricism the genuine confessions of 1 of Japan's such a lot celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the knowledge of age and in a voice immediately haunting and startlingly instant, Nitta Sayuri tells the tale of her existence as a geisha. It starts off in a negative fishing village in 1929, whilst, as a nine-year-old lady with strange blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her domestic and offered into slavery to a popular geisha condo. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and tune; donning kimono, tricky make-up, and hair; pouring sake to bare only a contact of internal wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that is going with it.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we input an international the place appearances are paramount; the place a girl's virginity is auctioned to the top bidder; the place ladies are knowledgeable to beguile the main robust males; and the place love is scorned as phantasm. it's a specified and effective paintings of fiction—at as soon as romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and thoroughly unforgettable.

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The Promise

By Chaim Potok

Reuven Malter lives in Brooklyn, he’s in love, and he’s learning to be a rabbi. He additionally retains tough the stern interpretations of his lecturers, and if he retains it up, his dream of changing into a rabbi may perhaps die.

One day, nervous a couple of disturbed, unsatisfied boy named Michael, Reuven takes him crusing and cloud-watching. Reuven additionally introduces him to an outdated pal, Danny Saunders–now a psychologist with a transforming into recognition. Reconnected via their shared quandary for Michael, Reuven and Danny each one learns what it's to tackle life–whether sacred truths or a child–according to his personal lighting, not only verified authority.

In a passionate, vigorous narrative, The Promise brilliantly dramatizes what it truly is to grasp and use wisdom to make one’s personal approach on this planet

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Theatre

By W. Somerset Maugham

In Theatre, W. Somerset Maugham–the writer of the vintage novels Of Human Bondage and Up on the Villa–introduces us to Julia Lambert, a girl of breathtaking poise and ability whose seems have stood through her forty-six years. She is without doubt one of the maximum actresses England–so solid, in reality, that maybe she by no means stops acting.

It turns out that noting can ruffle her satin feathers, until eventually a quiet stranger who demanding situations Julia's very feel of self. accordingly, she is going to undergo rejection for the 1st time, her potential as a mom may be affronted, and her skill to place on no matter what face she wanted for her public will end up restricted. In Theatre, Maugham subtly exposes the tensions and triumphs that happen whilst performing and fact mixture jointly, and–for Julia–ultimately opposite.

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A Spectacle of Corruption: A Novel

By David Liss

Benjamin Weaver, the quick-witted pugilist grew to become deepest investigator, returns in David Liss’s sequel to the Edgar Award–winning novel, A Conspiracy of Paper.

Moments after his conviction for a homicide he didn't dedicate, at an ordeal presided over by means of a pass judgement on decided to discover him to blame, Benjamin Weaver is accosted by way of a stranger who cunningly slips a lockpick and a dossier into his palms. instantly he is familiar with issues: an individual had long gone to loads of difficulty to work out him condemned to hang—and one other both mysterious agent is decided to work out him free.

So begins A Spectacle of Corruption, which heralds the go back of Benjamin Weaver, the hero of A Conspiracy of Paper. After a bold break out from eighteenth-century London’s such a lot infamous legal, Weaver needs to face one other problem: the right way to turn out himself blameless of against the law while the corrupt courts have already proven they wish merely to work out him hold. to find the reality and transparent his identify, he'll need to comprehend the motivations in the back of a mystery scheme to extort a clergyman, discover double-dealings within the unrest between London’s dockworkers, and disclose the conspiracy that hyperlinks the plot opposed to him to the looming nationwide election—an election with the aptitude to spark a revolution and topple the monarchy. 

Unable to teach his face in public, Weaver pursues his inquiry within the guise of a filthy rich service provider who seeks to contain himself within the political scene. yet he quickly reveals that the area of well mannered society and politics is full of schemers and plotters, males who pursue riches and power—and those that search to come back the son of the deposed king to the throne. Desperately navigating a labyrinth of politicians, crime lords, assassins, and spies, Weaver learns that, in an election yr, little is what it sort of feels and the reality comes at a staggeringly excessive cost.

Once back, acclaimed writer David Liss combines old erudition with secret, advanced characterization, and a charming feel of humor. A Spectacle of Corruption offers perception into our personal international of political scheming, and it firmly establishes David Liss as the best writers of highbrow suspense at paintings this present day.

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Moses, Man of the Mountain

By Zora Neale Hurston

In this 1939 novel in response to the well-known tale of the Exodus, Zora Neale Hurston blends the Moses of the previous testomony with the Moses of black folklore and track to create a compelling allegory of strength, redemption, and religion. Narrated in a mix of biblical rhetoric, black dialect, and colloquial English, Hurston lines Moses's existence from the day he's embarked on the Nile river in a reed basket, to his improvement as an exceptional magician, to his transformation into the heroic insurgent chief, the nice Emancipator. From his dramatic confrontations with Pharaoh to his fragile negotiations with the cautious Hebrews, this very human tale is instructed with nice humor, ardour, and mental insight—the hallmarks of Hurston as a author and champion of black culture.

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Jasmine

By Bharati Mukherjee

When Jasmine is without notice widowed at seventeen, she turns out fated to a lifetime of quiet isolation within the small Indian village the place she was once born. however the strength of Jasmine's wishes propels her explosively right into a better, extra risky, and finally extra life-giving global. in precisely many years, Jasmine turns into Jane Ripplemeyer, fortunately pregnant by means of a middle-aged Iowa banker and the adoptive mom of a Vietnamese refugee. Jasmine's metamorphosis, with its surprising upheavals and its sluggish evolutionary steps, illuminates the making of an American brain; yet much more powerfully, her tale depicts the transferring contours of an the US being remodeled by way of her and others like her -- our new buddies, buddies, and fans. In Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee has created a heroine as unique and unforeseen because the many worlds during which she lives. "Rich…one of the main suggestive novels we have now approximately what it's to develop into an American." -- the hot York occasions booklet Review

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Firefly

By Severo Sarduy

Firefly is a dream-like evocation of pre-war Cuba, replete with hurricanes, mystical cults and slave-markets. the tale is the coming-of-age of a precocious and exuberant boy with a large head and underdeveloped experience of course, who perspectives the area as a threatening conspiracy. instructed in breathless and lyrical prose, the radical is a loving rendition of a long-lost domestic, a meditation on exile, and an allegory of Cuba’s isolation on the planet.

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The Blossom Sisters

By Fern Michaels

Number one New York occasions bestselling writer Fern Michaels explores the iconic bonds of kin as one guy loses everything--only to discover the liberty to create a daring new life…

Gus Hollister owes all his good fortune to his feisty grandmother, Rose, and her sisters, Iris and Violet. They raised him, despatched him to the simplest faculties, and helped him commence his personal accounting enterprise. Rose even got the home Gus lives in along with his spouse, Elaine.

Now, Gus stands to lose everything--his domestic, his automobile, and his enterprise. Worse, he is alienated his liked grandma, who attempted to warn him approximately Elaine's grasping methods. Heartsick and remorseful, Gus returns to Rose's Virginia farmhouse. however it will not be effortless to make amends. but family members and forgiveness cross hand in hand, and Gus isn't really giving up. simply because regardless of how daunting beginning over may be, the consequences can surpass your wildest expectations--especially whilst the Blossom sisters are on your corner…

"Michaels' most modern is certain to trap the hearts of its readers, even whereas tickling their humorous bones." --Booklist

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Trainspotting

By Irvine Welsh

Trainspotting is the radical that first introduced Irvine Welsh's fabulous career―an real, unrelenting, and unusually exhilarating episodic crew portrait of blasted lives.

It finished for its personal time and position what Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last go out to Brooklyn did for his. Rents, in poor health Boy, mom better, Swanney, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a grab of junkies, impolite boys, and psychos as readers will ever come upon. Trainspotting was once made into the 1996 cult movie starring Ewan MacGregor and directed through Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave).

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Burmese Days: A Novel

By George Orwell

Orwell attracts on his years of expertise in India to inform this tale of the waning days of British imperialism. A handful of Englishmen dwelling in a cost in Burma congregate within the ecu membership, drink whiskey, and argue over an imminent order to confess a token Asian.

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