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Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
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Oct 01, 09

Read in January, 2009

A hairdresser goes to Afghanistan to help with relief efforts. I love how this woman, who thinks that she has nothing to offer the people of Afghanistan (because of her lack of medical training), ends up profoundly impacting the women of the country. She discovers that the only profession available to women is to run salons (men are not allowed inside because headscarves are off, which gives women freedom from the oversight of men, both in their social interactions AND finances). So she decides to open a beauty school--and what wonderful work she does to save these women and their families from poverty! I enjoyed this book, and I am thankful for women like Ms. Rodriguez. Note: There is some sexual and violent content in the book--as she tells the life stories of the women she meets. I felt it was handled well, and is, unfortunately, what happens in the lives of these women.
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