I haven't read Bar Flower, My Decadently Destructive Days and Nights as a Tokyo Nightclub Hostess, by Lea Jacobson. (St. Martin's Press, 2008), but I have read a review of it by Mio Yamada at the Japan Times . I don't know how good the book is but I love this review. It's a perceptive and very well done and I have to believe it gives a sense of this journey of self awareness. The books is now on order. An excerpt:
This makes "Bar Flower" an odd piece of confessional work as Jacobson slips into her former inebriated self only to then step back and make astute societal observations in moments of sobriety. It's a difficult balance to keep, and on the rare occasion she loses it. But between the vodkas, her wit and insights make any uncomfortable moment more than worthwhile.
Another good review by A Girl Walks into a Bookstore, who writes: Jacobson’s knowledge and analysis of Japanese culture is spot-on. She details her drug addiction without feeling sorry for herself, and I found myself becoming emotionally invested in her heartbreaking story.