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The Kabul Beauty School [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Rodriguez
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a little beauty school in the war zone of Kabul, a community of women comes together, all with stories to tell.

DEBBIE, the American hairdresser who co-founds the training salon. As the burqas are removed in class, curls are coiffed and make-up is applied, Debbie's students share with her their stories - and their hearts.

MINA, forcibly married to a man in repayment of a family debt and threatened with having her child taken away.

ROSHANNA, a tearful young bride terrified her in-laws will discover she's not a virgin.

And NAHIDA, the prize pupil who bears the scars of her Taliban husband's approval.

In the Kabul Beauty School, these women and many others find a safe haven and the seeds of their future independence.

From the bestselling author of THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL, this is an eye-opening, inspiring and enthralling story.

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Kabul Beauty School transcends the feel-good genre largely because of the author's superior storytelling gifts and wicked sense of humor’ - New York Times ‘Bighearted and entertaining, Kabul Beauty School has a conversational style, but Rodriguez never shies away from the misery and oppression she encounters in the poor, rigidly patriarchal country’ - Entertainment Weekly ‘Composed of heartbreak, hope, poignancy and candour’ - LA Times ‘Colourful, suspenseful, funny... This witty and insightful memoir will be perfect for women's reading groups’ - Publishers Weekly ‘A very gutsy, real-life adventure story for women . . . 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’ - People ‘[Rodriguez's] descriptions are endearingly frank (even about her own social gaffes), and her attempts to help those in need are inspirational and engaging’ - Washington Post

Book Description

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1076 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 19 Feb. 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 25 April 2014
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 26 Oct. 2013
By Olivia
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Still reading at the moment. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 28 Jan. 2012
By Joby
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Cultural Differences. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Snatching a glimpse 12 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable, inspirational read.
A real insight into life in Kabul & the Afgan culture from an interesting perspective. it was an overall enjoyable read.
Published 1 day ago by Lucy Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars great characters and storyline
Fabulous book: great characters and storyline, but also gives a picture of what life is like for locals and ex-pats living in and around Kabul.
Published 5 days ago by SusieS
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Little Coffee Shop...
I was a bit disappointed, this is more of a memoire and I did get a bit bored about half way through. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sewing Queen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not great - nothing new in this, plenty of other and better Kabul fiction out there
Published 14 days ago by Ginga - ninja
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative with passion and empathy for the women in Afghanistan
Published 16 days ago by Shadowshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant !
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I found it very informative.
Published 24 days ago by Tatiana Zmura
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Disappointing. After Little Coffee Shop of Kabul I was hoping for similar. However, what Deborah Rodriguez did for those women was inspiring.
Published 25 days ago by KsP
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read. Serious subjects but not written in a ...
Enjoyable, easy read. Serious subjects but not written in a depressing way.
Published 27 days ago by E Mc
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering Afghan Women
Don't be put off the potential "girly-ness" of this book. Yes, it's kind of about a beauty school, but it's REALLY about Deborah helping to empower Afghan women. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Avid Reader
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