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Origin in Death
J.D. Robb
Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You
Jay Rubin
Bar Flower: My Decadently Destructive Days and Nights as a Tokyo Nightclub Hostess - Lea Jacobson This is an interesting narrative of an American woman's journey through the less than savory aspects of Japanese life. At first, there were some hindsight rationalization which actually irks me when I read biographies of living people but luckily it stopped quickly and laid out her life as it were, warts and all.

I really enjoyed reading her perspective as a young woman with her personal demons that had an unfortunate synergy with the hostess lifestyle. I liked that she generally didn't make excuses in the latter part of the book. I also enjoyed her take on Japanese culture as well though the book focused on her life as an American working in a hostess club. Parts of the narrative were difficult especially during her bratty moments. It was painful to read at times.

The best part is that the book ends with a hopeful epilogue. She seems to have matured and finding her footing.