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)
Whenever I fume because my husband sits at the computer while I cook after a long day of work, I think of these women, and it puts my life in perspective. The characters are well rounded and Deborah Rodriguez does a wonderful job of drawing you into the story and making you feel that you're experiencing it right along with her. You will immediately want to put on your burka to go to the Middle East to help these women.
and do influence the lives of those around us. If you are not bringing medicine or food or military support, are you helping? Can you help? This book answers the questions with a quiet "Yes". The beauty is that everyone has something to offer, and the dignity of a haircut can not be dismissed. War, poverty, displacement, uncertainty are elements in the life of many people. Self care becomes hard when you don't even know if you are going to have food that evening. The motivation to have good hygiene, the chance to be with other women, to talk about hair and makeup styles, allows a woman who is "just a hairdresser in the USA" to contribute to the health and well being of other women in the world. Too many of us think that we don't have what others need, but how do you define giving back fun, dignity, the support of friends? The ability to support yourself or contribute to your family and encourage others is the theme of this book, and it is a good listen.
I thought this book was cleverly organized into stories about different women that the author met in conjunction with the beauty school. And the author herself is quite a character. I found myself compulsively listening to the book.
In a way, it almost reminded me of "The Help," but this is non-fiction. It's all about women struggling through very difficult times and it tells many different stories.
She has a nice rich voice.
I wish more people would read this book as the US plans to leave Afghanistan and continues to negotiate with the Taliban.
This book was recommend to me by another Audible listener and I've continued the trend. What captured me was the woman's bravery in relocating to this country right after the 911 attacks on the US.
The main character was so colorful and made wrong decisions like the rest of us. She didn't always think through her future plans, but that was why it was fun to peek into her life. I wanted to see how she handled her new marriage and culture and all the women she helped develop into wage earners in a culture where women do not work.
Yes, but who has that kind of time. Rather, I made a date with the story everyday, which made my dog happy, as I tended to walk longer.
This review was by John's wife.
If you enjoy listening in your car, this is a good choice. This true story is easy to follow and very interesting. I loved learning about Debbie's crazy life experiences!
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. The narrator was splendid and the author seemed to be a truly remarkable woman. Crazy Debbie may have quite a few flaws, but she is a brave, determined woman who is inspirational in taking on challenges few others would and not quitting, even in the face of extreme adversity. Yet, with her strength comes a vulnerability and insecurity, most obviously demonstrated through her marriages. While listening, I thought perhaps she fought so hard for the Afghani women because she related to them on more than one level. I really liked Debbie and wish I could meet her someday. She is truly an inspiration. Other books about strong women overcoming adversity you might enjoy: The House at Sugar Beach and The Help (Fiction).
I listen to Audible so that I can read and do all that Mom stuff as the same time. I do see the words as they are read.....
This was very good and an interesting view of the society in Afganistan. The narration by the author is good. Debbie Rodriguez is surrounded by much controversy for what she there. So it is interesting to hear "her" side of the story.
This book was fun and interesting without being too much of a tear jerker. If she is accurate in her story, it really opens your eyes to how women are treated in Afganistan and how few options these women have.
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