Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid to this war-torn nation. Surrounded by men and women whose skills–as doctors, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a... show more
Soon after the fall of the Taliban, in 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid to this war-torn nation. Surrounded by men and women whose skills–as doctors, nurses, and therapists–seemed eminently more practical than her own, Rodriguez, a hairdresser and mother of two from Michigan, despaired of being of any real use. Yet she soon found she had a gift for befriending Afghans, and once her profession became known she was eagerly sought out by Westerners desperate for a good haircut and by Afghan women, who have a long and proud tradition of running their own beauty salons. Thus an idea was born. With the help of corporate and international sponsors, the Kabul Beauty School welcomed its first class in 2003. Well meaning but sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled through language barriers, overstepped cultural customs, and constantly juggled the challenges of a postwar nation even as she learned how to empower her students to become their families’ breadwinners by learning the fundamentals of coloring techniques, haircutting, and makeup.Yet within the small haven of the beauty school, the line between teacher and student quickly blurred as these vibrant women shared with Rodriguez their stories and their hearts: the newlywed who faked her virginity on her wedding night, the twelve-year-old bride sold into marriage to pay her family’s debts, the Taliban member’s wife who pursued her training despite her husband’s constant beatings. Through these and other stories, Rodriguez found the strength to leave her own unhealthy marriage and allow herself to love again, Afghan style.With warmth and humor, Rodriguez details the lushness of a seemingly desolate region and reveals the magnificence behind the burqa. Kabul Beauty School is a remarkable tale of an extraordinary community of women who come together and learn the arts of perms, friendship, and freedom.
Publish date: April 10th 2007
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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I read it a while ago and I really liked it. So interesting to read about people living in other cultures, we can't even begin to imagine that kind of life..especially in the timeframe of the book, it was really good! These women are really strong and the way they have to live their lives..well, it ...
Przyznam się szczerze, że były momenty, kiedy zastanawiałam się, czy nie porzucić tej powieści. Cieszę się jednak, że doczytałam do końca. Ciężko jest, kiedy czyta się wspomnienia, nie oceniać samej autorki. Deborah Rodriguez sama siebie opisuję, jak osobę, która nie potrafi pozostawać długo w jedny...
I looked at many reviews on here prior to writing my own. I read this book a few years back and again for a class last year. As a male, it really made me think about things happening toward women in other countries. It also made me realize what a limited and pampered view of reality some women in th...
I have mixed feelings about this book. I read it beofre hearing about the reactions of the women in the novel (though Rodriguez does seem to address this in the afterword). The subject matter is interesting (I picked this up because my class is reading The Places In Between next year). Yet, the w...
This book was really cool. The story of a woman who went to Kabul to train Afghani women as hair stylists and life in Kabul after the fall of Afghanistan, I found it fascinating.