Category Archives: Biography

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Sayuri started her life as Chiyo in the small fishing town of Yoroido. Then her life changed when she was sold to an okiya in Kyoto. This book tells the story of her life from when she was that young Chiyo through where she was when telling the story, an old woman living in New York City and running a Japanese tea house. Readers get a never-before-seen look at the world of the geisha from one of the very best. I read the entire book in a matter of days, it’s one of the stories that you neve want to put down.

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Brains: How They Seem to Work by Dale Purves

This book is part autobiography part recap of where neuroscience came from and where it is now. Mr. Purves happened to start university around the time that neuroscience was gaining ground, and he knew many of the top players in this field. Starting with the low-level “how neurons work” all the way through modern guesses at the overarching process of the brain, he allows the reader to understand the field and its major players without having to have knowledge beforehand. In addition to this chance to learn about the brain, this book also gives us a truly enjoyable story with helpful illustrations.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Catherine the Great is generally accepted as one of the best leaders Russia ever had. On the other hand, she was a foreigner who usurped the throne. This book starts at her birth and goes through her entire life. Writing the story in such a comprehensive way allows the reader to understand Catherine as a person and sympathize with her. This is one of those true stories that seem to fantastical to be true. A truly enjoyable read.

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