Quick Book Reviews: Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba and Geisha by Liza Dalby

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Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba
A short read for the working woman, and entirely necessary for just £5. With tips on productivity, personal branding, pay negotiation, and public speaking, this book covers everything you'd need to know as a woman working in the twenty-first century. Otegha Uwagba is the founder of Women Who, a platform to support women working worldwide, so her advice is something I completely trust. This diddy book is quick to access and carry around with you for snippets of advice during your day, and actually contains working advice, rather than the empty words you can get from other 'business' books.

Geisha by Liza Dalby
This was one of my fantastic holiday reads from back at the beginning of June, written by the same author as my previously-reviewed Tale of Murasaki. As I said before, Liza Dalby is the only Western woman to ever be trained to become a geisha, and now the time has come for me to talk a little about it. This book is the memoir of her experience, but mainly comes across as an informative read on the history of the geisha, from their perception in the modern day, their rituals, their outfits, and their mannerisms. I came into this having read fiction on geisha before, but this blew everything I knew about that part of society out of the window. This book is overflowing with information, and completely absorbing. Dalby's anecdotes are full of life and emotion, seasoning what could be rather bland reams of information, if it wasn't so fascinating. After reading it on holiday, it was picked up by my boyfriend who also massively enjoyed it! If you're interested in Japan and its culture, don't bypass this book.

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