The Kabul Beauty School
Most Westerners now working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Deborah Rodriguez is one of the very few who lives smack in the middle of the urban insanity that is Kabul. In The Kabul Beauty School, Debbie tells the story of the beauty school she founded and the vibrant women who study and work there. Debbie went to Afghanistan with nothing but a desire to help and her skills as a beautician. When she arrived, she learned that the once-proud tradition of Afghan beauty salons had been nearly destroyed by the Taliban. With her knowledge of beauty and enterprise, she opened the first salon in Kabul that actually trained local women to become beauticians one of the few ways a woman can support herself and her family. And it is there that she made some of the closest friends of her life. The Kabul Beauty School provides a joyful haven for Debbie and the other women. Woven through the book are the stories of Debbie's students there is the newlywed who must fake her own virginity, the 12-year-old bride who has been sold into marriage to pay her family s debts, the brilliant former medic who has not left her house for thirty years.All these women have a story to tell, and all of them bring their stories to The Kabul Beauty School, where, along with Debbie Rodriguez herself, they learn the art of perms, friendship, and freedom.
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