Biography genre books (16)


1.

A Daughter of Han; the Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman by Ida Pruitt, from the story told her by Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Asia / China flag China
Description:
2011 Reprint of 1945 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In "A Daughter of Han" author Ida Pruitt presents the autobiography of a Chinese working woman. Through this story the reader gains insight into the China of the poor, of women, and of the provinces. The subject of the autobiography, Ning Lao Tai-Tai, is also interesting as she lived in the period, the late 19th to mid 20th century, during which China underwent its most dramatic changes. This is a genuine, warm-blooded, dramatic chronicle of a woman's life, of the life of one... continue
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

2.

Banker To The Poor : Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus EN

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Bangladesh flag Bangladesh
Description:
The inspirational story of how Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus invented microcredit, founded the Grameen Bank, and transformed the fortunes of millions of poor people around the world. Muhammad Yunus was a professor of economics in Bangladesh, who realized that the most impoverished members of his community were systematically neglected by the banking system -- no one would loan them any money. Yunus conceived of a new form of banking -- microcredit -- that would offer very small loans to the poorest people without collateral, and teach them how to manage and use their loans to create succes... continue

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Defying Jihad : The Dramatic True Story of a Woman Who Volunteered to Kill Infidels - and Then Faced Death for Becoming One by Esther Ahmad EN

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Country: Asia / Pakistan flag Pakistan
Description:
If you truly love Allah, you will die for him. Your death will mean much reward for you and your family in heaven. Only death will prove your love. It was the final test. A chance to win not only the love of Allah, but the love of her father--something she had never been able to earn. Esther took a deep breath and raised her hand in the air. At the age of eighteen, she had just volunteered to become a suicide bomber. Defying Jihad is the true story of a girl growing up under radical Islamic rule, trained to believe her ultimate purpose was to serve Allah by dying as a jihadist. But two nights ... continue
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

4.

From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Myanmar flag Myanmar
Description:
A former Burma student rebel leader describes his tribal upbringing, experiences with political turmoil and poverty, participation in the insurrection of 1988, and flight to England, where he attended Cambridge University.
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

5.

Geisha : A Life by Mineko Iwasaki EN

Rating: 3.5     27 Votes
Country: Asia / Japan flag Japan
Description:
A Kyoto geisha describes her initiation into an okiya at the age of four, the intricate training that made up most of her education, her successful career, and the traditions surrounding the geisha culture. Reprint.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

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Honor Lost : Love and Death in Modern-day Jordan by Norma Khouri EN

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Jordan flag Jordan
Description:
The author relates the tragic story of her best friend, Dalia, who was murdered by her own father for falling in love with a young Catholic man, and speaks out against the ancient practice of honor killing.
Recommended: 02 Mar 2022

7.

House of Stone : A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
A journalist traces the story of his family's effort to rebuild an ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife and how the work enabled a greater understanding of the emotions behind Middle East turbulence.

8.
Once Upon a Time in the East

Once Upon a Time in the East : A Chronicle of Growing Up by Xiaolu Guo EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / China flag China
Description:
'This generation's Wild Swans' Daily Telegraph 'One of the most startling and fascinating memoirs I've read in recent years...a story of China' Libby Purves 'Impressive...moving...exhilarating' Financial Times 'Guo is rebellious, flamboyant and fundamentally optimistic...fascinating' Scotland on Sunday 'This stunning memoir picks up where Jung Chang's 1991 bestseller Wild Swans left off...This book will make your jaw drop, then clench in anger' Five stars, Sunday Telegraph 'Riveting...Guo is a bolder, angrier and more ambitious figure than her forebears' The Times Xiaolu Guo meets her parents ... continue
Recommended: 15 Oct 2022

9.

Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje EN

Rating: 4     17 Votes
Country: Asia / Sri Lanka flag Sri Lanka
Description:
An autobiographical journey of discovery gathers together fragments of memory, experience, and family history in order to understand the meaning of his parents' legacy and his own heritage
Recommended: 21 Oct 2022

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The Aquariums of Pyongyang : Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.
Recommended: 04 Nov 2022


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