Kabul Beauty School

Kabul Beauty School

[an American Woman Goes Behind the Veil]

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Now, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life. Woven through the book are the stories of her students: the newlywed who must fake her virginity; the twelve-year-old sold into marriage to pay her family's debts; and a woman who pursues her training despite her Taliban husband's constant beatings. They all bring their stories to the beauty school, where, along with Rodriguez herself, they learn the art of perms, friendship, and freedom.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks, p2007.
ISBN: 9780786170241
Branch Call Number: 305.4869709581090511 R696b
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (ca. 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Ohlson, Kristin 1951-


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Feb 22, 2017

Try Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire. Factual, excellent.

Nov 29, 2015

I found it a not very well written,
slanted (to make the author look really good) account that left me unmoved; the plight of Afghan women is a serious human rights matter and has been much better dealt with in other books.

JCLHopeH Oct 19, 2014

Rodriguez offers an account of Afghan life from a unique vantage point as an American beautician serving local and foreign women in Kabul, where she not only ran a salon but also operated a beauty school. Beauty salons are known for free flowing conversation and a flair for the dramatic, and the author makes good use of those talents in the telling of her time there. While many of her behaviors struck me as arrogantly American, I certainly found her story fascinating.

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