Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Now, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and the vibrant women who were her students.
When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life. Woven through the book are the stories of her students: the newlywed who must fake her virginity; the twelve-year-old sold into marriage to pay her family's debts; and a woman who pursues her training despite her Taliban husband's constant beatings. They all bring their stories to the beauty school, where, along with Rodriguez herself, they learn the art of perms, friendship, and freedom.
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Deborah Rodriguez is a hairdresser, motivational speaker, and bestselling author. She taught at and later directed the Kabul Beauty School in Afghanistan, where she also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House. She currently lives in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Kristin Ohlson is a freelance journalist, essayist, and fiction writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, O, The Oprah Magazine, More magazine, New Scientist, Gourmet, Eating Well, and many others. She was awarded a major Ohio Arts Council fellowship for fiction in 2003 and a Creative Workforce Fellowship for fiction in 2009; her memoir, Stalking the Divine, won the American Society of Journalists and Authors' Best Nonfiction Book Award.
Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.From AudioFile:
Debbie Rodriguez is a new kind of secular missionary. She went to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, planning to work as a nurses aide. But when her skills as a hairdresser were discovered, she found herself training young Afghan women in the trade. By learning a marketable skill, the women gained security, autonomy, and dignity. Its difficult for Westerners to understand the culture in which women live in Kabul, and Rodriguez provides plenty of shocking details. Listeners are aided in their sojourn to this land by the clear and confident narration of Bernadette Dunne. Her delivery will make listeners feel its the author herself telling them about her students, love life, and political problems. Rodriquezs experiences are fascinating, and Dunne makes them more so. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Descripción Random House, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0340935235
Descripción Random House, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 340935235
Descripción Random House, 2007. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0340935235