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Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
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Recommended to Annette by: JennyGranola
Recommended for: people interested in the "Westerners in the East" stories.
Read in June, 2008

This was fun to read, very light, not the greatest writing, but I enjoyed it. I also connect strongly with Rodriguez's desire to help in a permanent way and am impressed that she found such a wonderful way to do it. I went to an Afghan hairdresser in Chapel Hill, NC and remember the first time she said where she was from my brain couldn't combine the two, Afghan and stylist, and I kept thinking she must have said Argentina. I even started talking about a movie called "Tango" and only realized my embarrassing blurb when I saw the confused look on her face. Still, she was wonderful and I'd always wished I'd discovered her sooner (we moved soon after). She was in my thoughts while I read this book.

I've read a number of reviews burning the author for her personality quirks and failings and, though I would probably not want to tell her my secrets, feel that she's human and unashamed of her weaknesses, a trait that I admire (when combined with a touch of reserve). She is a little over the top, but she understands this about herself and though I do feel she has put these women in danger and could have done a better job of protecting their identities, I don't think it's my place to judge her personally.

So in my usual, round-a-bout way I'm saying that I like the author and her book, faults and all.
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Leigh Statham HA!!!! Annie! You are never going to believe this but I know that particular beautician you are referring to and loved going to her as well! Honestly, how many Afghan Beauticians are in CH anyway? Maybe a lot more than I think, but it's just one more way that we are forever linked. I"m glad you brought her up. I haven't thought about her in years. Actually, I think she gave me a mullet. Yup.. I think that was her. Maybe I didn't love going to see her? She was very very sweet though. Maybe I should go to bed.


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