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http://meganmarshallauthor.com/books_peabodysisters.shtml - since I live in Boston area, especially interesting to hearabout both how the area has changed culturally and physically, and to learn about people whose homes I have visited on tours of historic homes.

https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Yukichi-Fukuzawa/dp/023... - great perspective on a period of massive intellectual/cutural/political change in Japan

https://www.amazon.com/Annie-Besant-Lives-Modern-Women/dp/01... - interesting to see change and continuity in the life of someone extremely capable and influential

Any other recommendation of Japan's books in English.

A fictionalized biography to be sure, but I highly recommend Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa: https://www.amazon.com/Musashi-Epic-Novel-Samurai-Era/dp/156... about the famous samurai. It reads like a fantasy novel.

Also Taiko by the same author is a fictionalized version of the 3 kingdoms period, told from an interesting perspective.

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