Kabul Beauty School : An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
by Kristin Ohlson , Deborah Rodriguez
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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Shortly 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-such as doctors, nurses and therapists-seemed eminently more practical than his own, Rodriguez, a hair salon and mother of two at the University of Michigan, desperate to be of real useHowever, she soon discovered that she had a gift for making friends with Afghans, and once her profession became known she was eagerly awaited 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 bornWith the help of international companies and donors, the School’s Kabul of Beauty welcomed its first class in 2003.Well a sense, but sometimes brazen, Rodriguez stumbled across language barriers, surpassed cultural habits, and constantly juggled between the post-war challenges of the nation at the same time as she learned to empower her students to become their families, breadwinner, by learning the basics of hair styling and make-up techniquesYet, in the small haven of the beauty school, the line between teacher and student quickly blurred, these vivid women shared with Rodriguez their stories and their hearts: the young woman who faked her virginity on her wedding night, the twelve-year-old married woman sold in marriage to pay her family debts, the Taliban woman member who continues her training despite her husband to constant blowsThrough these stories, Rodriguez found the strength to leave his own unhealthy marriage and allow him to love himself again, Afghan styleWith warmth and humour, Rodriguez details the luxuriance of a desolate region appearance and reveals the magnificence behind the burqaKabul School of Beauty is a remarkable account of an extraordinary community of women who come together and learn the arts of perm, friendship and freedom.Starting from the Hardcover edition
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