Kabul Beauty School

Kabul Beauty School

An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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Beneath the veil of Afghan women. Most Westerners now working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside the wall of a military compound or embassy. Deborah Rodriguez is one of the very few who lives life smack in the middle of Kabul. Now, Rodriguez tells the story of the beauty school she founded and the vibrant women who were her students there. When Rodriguez opened the "Kabul Beauty School", she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy--in the strictly patriarchal culture, the beauty school proved a small haven--but also made some of the closest friends of her life. Woven through the book are the stories of her students. There is the newlywed who must fake her own virginity, the twelve-year-old bride who has been sold into marriage to pay her family's debts, and the wife of a member of the Taliban who pursues her training despite her husband's constant beatings.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2007
ISBN: 9781433283406
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Additional Contributors: Ohlson, Kristin 1951-
Dunne, Bernadette

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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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