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Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil

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Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2002, just after the fall of the Taliban, volunteering as a nurse's aide, but soon found that her skills as a ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

Women of Afghanistan

by ladyreader on Aug 26, 2010

This book is easy and fast reading that gives a unique insight into the lives of the women of Kabul by a woman from the US who lives among them. Very enjoyable.


Refreshing Non-Fiction

by Angie on Apr 9, 2007

With a narrator as vivacious and relatable as Debbie, there's no way you can go wrong. Moving at a lightening fast speed, Kabul Beauty School is equal parts horrifying and inspiring. A fresh, heroic look at Afghanistan, it offers up touching stories and an excellent read. Definitely recommended!


Behind the Walls

by Claudette on Apr 4, 2007

Kabul Beauty School is a non-fiction account of one woman's adventures in post-Taliban Kabul. Deborah Rodrigues sets off from Michigan on a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan only to find herself a duckling among swans -- a hairdresser on a medical team. Feeling excluded and bored. she wanders through the markets and shops of Kabul, making friends and developing an understanding of Afghani life. The Kabul Beauty School grows out of her experiences. What begins with calls to beauty suppliers around the United Stated seeking donations and culminates with a school giving Afghani woman a way to earn an income and perhaps even more importantly a newfound confidence in their worth and their abilities. This book provides a window on the rich and colorful culture that survived beyond the pockmarked concrete walls and dusty streets of Afghanistan. It's also a great story.

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