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Kabul Beauty School Audiobook

Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

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Publisher's Summary

Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of 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 12-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.

©2007 Deborah Rodriguez-Turner; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A terrific opening chapter - colorful, suspenseful, funny - ushers readers into the curious closed world of Afghan women." (Publishers Weekly)
"A lively narrative of the author's experiences reacquainting Afghan women with skills the mullahs had denied them....Terrifically readable, and rich in personal stories." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Sharon Yountville, California 10-21-11
    Sharon Yountville, California 10-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Learning more about the women under cover"

    I really enjoyed every bit of this story. It was great to learn more about the women who live, and learn to be stronger in such a conflicted country. The descriptive writing made me "see" these women and the environment they survive in. Also makes me want to find an organization the I can contribute to to help these women.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave & Amy 03-02-08
    Dave & Amy 03-02-08

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    "Fascinating"

    Fascinating book. Would recommend to any woman living in the US. Absolutely could not put it down. Read in three days.

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    Lynne Hernandez Rockford, MI 09-28-07
    Lynne Hernandez Rockford, MI 09-28-07 Member Since 2015
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    "ok - but not great"

    I enjoyed many parts of this book, especially the insights into the Afghan culture. I didn't think the book was particularly well written though as segments seemed to be stuck in wherever more detail was needed. The flow was a little bumpy. All in all, the book made me extremely thankful I wasn't an Afghan woman. Our book club decided that there are better books that address the topic of Afghan women.

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    Kim Auburn, WA, USA 06-12-07
    Kim Auburn, WA, USA 06-12-07
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    "I loved it!"

    I really loved this book and loved the way the person reading it sounded. She made it sound like she was in the room with me talking about what happened. I reccomend this one 100%

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    Abby New Albany, IN, United States 03-10-12
    Abby New Albany, IN, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm a children's librarian in Southern Indiana. I love listening while walking and doing housework.

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    "A story for women everywhere"

    Bernadette Dunne is well-matched to this story of a strong woman doing what she can to help the women of Afghanistan. Dunne reads with a strong, clear, no-nonsense voice, which is just how I imagine Debbie Rodriguez to be from her story. The first person format lends itself nicely to audio and I enjoyed stepping inside Debbie's world behind the veil as she embraced Afghanistan and its women.

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    Kindle Customer United States 01-19-12
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    "enjoyable"

    Easy to listen to and follow. Great insight into Kabul and life there, the needs of women and their strength.

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    Sonali Jersey City, NJ, United States 05-17-10
    Sonali Jersey City, NJ, United States 05-17-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Cultural eye opener"

    This is a great story that will open the doors to the elusive lives of Afghan women, including their challenges and determination. Rodriquez left for Kabul from Michigan and didn’t have much to offer but her hairstyling skills. However, she soon realized teaching Afghan women her trade secrets will provide them income opportunity in a harsh war-torn country. Part inspirational, part cultural eye-opener, but either way it’s a Great Listen that will keep you engaged until the end wanting to know more about all the women.

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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 02-17-08
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    "Kabul Beauty School"

    I had just finished "Infidel" and then listened to this book, both are a must-read if you are interested in why we are having such problems in the middle East. I have a better understanding on Muslin religion. It is shocking to read/hear about what is (mostly NOT) accepted when we have so much freedom as women. I wish every woman would give this book a listen, strong storyline with a message.

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    J. Moon Pleasant Grove, UT 05-27-16
    J. Moon Pleasant Grove, UT 05-27-16 Member Since 2011

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    it was interesting, but depressing. the main character is a brave woman who is sympathetic towards the Afghan women.

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    Lara Witter 03-02-16
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    "Fascinating window into a woman's wild in Afghanistan"

    Truly enjoyed listening to this recording. It gave me a small window into a woman's life in Afghanistan and Debbie's incredible story and journey. It was also a thoughtful reflection of NGO work throughout the world and the intended (and unintended) consequences of that work

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