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Kabul Beauty School : an American woman goes behind the veil
Deborah Rodriguez
Adult Nonfiction HQ1735.6 .R63 2007

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Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
Debbie Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2001 originally as part of a humanitarian group. In Kabul she soon became sought after for her hairdressing background, which gave her the idea of opening a beauty school for local women whose new skills would enable them to earn additional income for their families. The struggle to find funding for the school, in addition to all of the cultural and political hoops to jump through in Afghanistan itself make for a fascinating story. At the end I found myself wanting to know more about what happened afterward, about Debbie’s Afghan husband, their life there, etc.

That said, I fervently regret reading a more recent news article before writing my review as it has dampened my enthusiasm for the book somewhat. As of June 2007, Debbie has apparently left Afghanistan and her husband for good, and many of her former students fear for their lives since the book’s publication. It was a great story, but I now wonder if some of the book’s resolutions weren’t quite as rosy as suggested.
posted Jul 7, 2008 at 9:13PM
bookiejill said:
This memoir provided insight into Kabul and an American’s attempt to open a beauty school for Afghan women. I enjoyed the story, but wonder if the author has painted an unrealistic picture of her efforts and results. Debbie Rodriguez may have overstated the results of the school and endangered the women identified in this memoir. I hope she has not endangered any of the women trained in the school or their families. I found it interesting that she was critical of the Afghan culture but was willing to become wife #2 of Sam, an Afghan warlord.
posted Dec 2, 2013 at 10:54AM
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