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.
"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)
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%
This story is an example of an old saying, "To do an ordinary thing extraordinarily well brings success." Who would think a the art of hairdressing would bridge the gap between cultures?
The story is compelling and well written, an average good hearted woman applies her talents and does good in a part of the world constantly berated by the mass produced news media.
It is a pleasure to experience her journey through this book. It is well narrated and enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. I liked the narrator and acutallyfelt like she was the author and was talking to me. I listen in the car and when I walk for excercise. I couldn't wait to get in the car or excercise so I could here more. I would love to know what happens next.
I'm a children's librarian in Southern Indiana. I love listening while walking and doing housework.
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.
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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I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the author seemed altruistic in her desire to help Afghan women. However, as the story progressed it seemed like she was just bored and having an "adventure" that included becoming the second wife of a man she could hardly communicate with after leaving her teenaged kids in the usa. Then she was upsest that his first wife became pregnant. What was she thinking? She lost credibility with me at that point. There are many other more credible books to read on the subject.
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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