Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This book chronicles the fascinating life of Chiyo, who is sold to a geisha house, where she later becomes the star geisha, Sayuri. Excellent read and although not as good the movie was well worth seeing
Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles: historical fiction set in New York City where the story gave me a vision of the intersection of working women and the world-weary wealthy! Better than The Great Gatsby!
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.
***** People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks - In Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war.