MsBrie's Reviews > Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
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Oct 22, 07

bookshelves: memoir, political, adventure
Recommended for: non-fiction lovers and those curious about other cultures
Read in October, 2007

Now that I've read this i won't ever have to visit Kabul myself!

Really though, this was a fun, fast paced novel. Michigan native Deborah Rodriguez travels to Afghanistan where she works to create a beauty school to train Afghan women as beauticians. Rodriguez helps to provide these Afghan women not only with the skills needed to earn an actual income in a land dominated by male breadwinners (or breadlosers as it often turns out) but also with a increase in self confidance and a safe place where the women can just be themselves.

I appreciated the fact that Rodriguez did not present the book from the perspective of some all knowing american do gooder as some authors have a tendancy to do. I also enjoyed Rodriguez's humor, sarcasm, and insight.

It is amazing how something as seemingly innocuous as a beauty school can have such an effect on such a large number of women. The Kabul Beauty School is both inspirational and completely, totally frightening.

For a quick glimpse into Afghani 'culture' i highly recommend this book.
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