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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786158980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786158980
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,597,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifically readable, and rich in personal stories. (Kirkus Reviews)

A terrific opening chapter--colorful, suspenseful, funny--ushers readers into the curious closed world of Afghan women....This witty and insightful (if light) memoir will be perfect for women's reading groups and daytime talk shows. (Publishers' Weekly starred review)

This is a beauty of a book! I was on the edge of my salon chair as I read her gut-wrenching story that revealed true beauty outside and within. (Kathy L. Patrick, Founder of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club)

Rodriguez has written a very gutsy, real-life adventure story for women... On hearing so many heart-rending stories from local women decimated by Taliban rule, she opened up a beauty school to give purpose and money-earning capacity back to then. Her trials and tribulations in setting up the school and entering an arranged Afghan marriage not only make fascinating reading but reveal a side to Afghanistan that few foreigners have experienced or understood. Her courage in tackling gigantic cultural barriers is also remarkable. (Publishing News)

This lively memoir is full of darkly funny moments - a customer who had never seen a blow dryer thinks it's a gun and runs screaming from the salon chair -and the humor leavens the horror stories about life in this war-torn land. A dishy but substantial read. (People) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the tradition of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a look at the lives of women in Afghanistan through the lens of The Kabul Beauty School

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2008
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Deborah Rodriguez is a beautician from Michigan who went over to Afghanistan after September 11th to help in any way she could. She quickly fell in love with the country and wanted to reestablish the Afghan beauticians who went out of existence when the Taliban took over. Along with help from others, she opened a beauty school where she trained Afghan women to become beauticians who could then open up their own beauty salons.

This amazing true story is heartwarming yet incredibly sad at the same time. The reader learns the personal and tragic story of the many Afghan women that Rodriguez befriends. We learn of their arranged marriages to men twice their age, abusive husbands who will divorce them if the women can't bear a son, and monetary struggles and desperate attempts to find that money. It is also wonderful to read about these same women becoming independent and happy due to their education from the beauty school and their friendship with Ms. Rodriguez.

This book is truly inspiring and educational. The reader learns about many customs and misconceptions about Afghanistan and its people through the real life experiences of Rodriguez. Her desire to help the kind Afghan people can inspire anyone to do the same.

KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL is sure to please all readers who are open to learning about a foreign people, their customs, and an American woman who felt the need to dedicate her life to those less fortunate.

Reviewed by: Steph
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 April 2014
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I originally discovered Deborah Rodriguez when I read her novel The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul, and I immediately fell in love with her words and way of writing, so knowing how much I’d enjoyed that book, I was looking forward to reading The Kabul Beauty School.

Deborah really brings to life the realities of Kabul, how everyday life can be for women in Kabul and the daily struggles that these particular women in the book face. Every woman in the book had their own individual story, their own individual issues and struggles, and I was honestly touched by every one of them. It felt very personal and I spent my time willing these women on and wanting to reach out to them.

The Kabul Beauty School is a big insight into the lives of these women and what they face. It is heartbreaking and honest, with moments of bravery, courage and positivity woven in. A gripping book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on 26 Oct. 2013
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I loved this book. It had just the right amount of background info, cultural insight and interesting anecdotes. I cared about the people in it and about the fate of the school and also found the author a very inspiring woman as well as an excellent writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TERRYJ on 29 Jan. 2014
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I previously read the little coffee shop in Kabul which was excellent and I think it would make a good film one day.
I am enjoying this book very much and it is a real eye opener to everyday life in Kabul and the struggles of the people there which we all tend to overlook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joby on 28 Jan. 2012
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Excellent book - loved it! An inspirational lady changing the lives of Afghan women and teaching them skills that they can use in the future. Bought it for my hairdresser! Feel very lucky to have so much freedom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda (ChocolatePages). on 26 July 2014
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I loved this book. It tells a story of a brave women who goes to Afghanistan to help out the women of the country. She trains them to be hairdressers and beauticians. The story focuses on the lives of the women the author interacts with. The tales of these women's lives of hardship, male dominance and sadness is heartwrenching.
I was hooked on this book because of all the cultural differences and how the author overcomes problems, helps the women and adapts to such a different life to that of what she is used to as a Westernized lady.
There are some sad parts, crazy parts and just downright strange parts. All of which make the book captivating. I loved it and would definitely recommend it. A read that is interesting, relatively easy to read and entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chellesbells on 12 Dec. 2013
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A little gem that speaks openly of the secret hardships Afghanis face, and yet the love this writer shares through her stories sweetens the bitter taste of the constant struggles people face to maintain an even footing in a place where rubble has a fondness of appearing.
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I was really enjoying this book until i googled Deborah Rodriguez. I quickly discovered that she upset people mentioned in the book for incorrect information and put her son in danger by marrying an Afghan warlord. This book is written to make her look like this amazing person who strived to change the lives of desperate women when actually it's a self obsessed autobiography. She put her life in danger and seemed to have little respect for Afghan culture. She seemed to enjoy the attention she got whenever she went out, something she must miss since having to flee the country.
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