I just finished reading Memoirs Of A Geisha. Its a really good book about a girl who gets sold into a geisha house when she is seven because her mother is really sick. She tries to escape to be with her sister but she falls off the roof and breaks her arm, and 'Mother' decides to not let her go to school anymore. Then, Mameha, who is one of the most popular geisha in all of Gion, decides to take Chiyo under her care as her 'Older Sister'. Chiyo goes back to school to become a geisha. When she is 14 she became an Apprentice Geisha, where she gets her name changed from Chiyo to Sayuri, meaning 'Little Lily'. she suffers hardships during the war but i wont give too much away ;). there is also a movie (the picture is the movie poster) that is really good too.