30 Days of Bookery, day 20: Win a copy of Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Friday, and time to give away another book that has something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls!

One of the very early influences on City of a Thousand Dolls was my then-obsession with geishas. I had read Memoirs of a Geisha--which is a lovely, if not always accurate novel--and wanted to learn more about this amazing subculture. I was also playing with an idea for a book about a city where girls are groomed for different fates, and the two ideas intersected quite nicely.

I went to the nonfiction section of my library and read everything I could. I was fascinated by the idea of a world made up of women and girls, and I loved the idea that someone could dedicated themselves to art and beauty as a career. That research underlined a lot of what I did with the girls of the City. And even though there are no longer many Japanese influences in the book, traces remain. The "little sisters" in the House of Music for example, and much of the House of Beauty.

I did not discover until much later that Mineko Iwasaki, the woman that Arthur Golden had credited as being one of his main sources for Memoirs of a Geisha, had written her own book. She wanted to combat what she felt was a poor portral of geishas and geisha culture. That book is Geisha, a Life, and that's the book I'm giving away today.





Summary from Goodreads

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story -- until now.

"Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave." Trained to become a geisha from the age of five, Iwasaki would live among the other "women of art" in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district and practice the ancient customs of Japanese entertainment. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. But even though she became one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, Iwasaki wanted more: her own life. And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning.

"Geisha, a Life" is her story -- at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true.


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This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 25th. February 1st.

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12 comments:

  1. This looks like a fascinating book!  I will add it to my Goodreads to-be-read shelf even if I don't win it.

    +1 for commenting
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  2. +1 for a comment
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    +4 entries

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  3. +1 for commenting
    +1 for following
    +1 for never having won a contest before
    +1 for adding up my own points
    =4 points total

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  4. +1 entry for commenting
    +1 entry for following the blog+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before+1 entry for adding up your own points (4)

    Oooh. Sounds 'instresting' as my little brother would say, :)

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  5. I loved Memoirs of a Geisha and I would like to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    +1 entry 'cause I've never won a contest here before

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  6. I've always had an interest in Japanese history and culture! This book sounds like just my cup of tea!


    +1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter) +1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook: https://twitter.com/ctoybox1/status/295389384381964288 +1 entry for following the blog: GFC follower: Lilian Cheng +1 entry if you've never won a contest here before +1 entry for adding up your own points: 5 entries! =)Many thanks!! *crosses fingers*,Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win!
    4 points ( commenting, following, never won, adding points.)
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  8. Looks like an interesting read..

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    +1 for following the blog (GFC-Ashfa Anwer)+1 for spreading the word: https://twitter.com/TopsyTurvy_Ash/status/295910184071614465+1 for never winning a contest here before+1 for adding up my own points

    In total- 5 points

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  9. Hi Miriam!
    I'm not much of a reader, but I was blessed to be able to get a preview of your book. LOVED IT!  This book looks fascinating.  So, here's my comment for 1 pt.
    +1 for a Facebook share
    +1 for having never won any of your contests
    +1 for following the blog
    +1 for adding up my own points for a grand total of 5!
     

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  10. +1 entry for commenting
    +1 entry for sharing on Twitter https://twitter.com/92georgiabrown/status/296569578140602368
    +1 entry for following the blog GFC - Georgia Brown
    +1 entry if you've never won a contest before
    +1 entry for adding up pointsTotal - 5

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  11. I want to read this so bad! I have a fascination with geisha culture too! 
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    =4 entries! 

    Thanks for offering this awesome book in your giveaways! Yay!

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  12. +1 entry for commenting
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    +1 entry for following the blog GFC - Georgia Brown
    +1 entry if you've never won a contest before
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