I love this book! It isn't a really lengthy book but it is a fantastic one. Written by Arthur Golden & also made into a movie in 2005.
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 colored eyes is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a well known geisha house. Witnessing 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 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 lure the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. At once romantic, suspenseful—and unforgettable.
I'm going to say it again...I love this book (& movie)!