7.07.2008

Book Review: Kabul Beauty School

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez with Kristin Ohlson

I don't generally check out a lot of nonfiction on audiobook, but I thought this might be a interesting listen, and indeed it was!

Debbie, through a series of fated events, finds herself creating and running the "Kabul Beauty School", a school for hairdressers and beauty technicians in the heart of Afghanistan, where Westerners are often cautioned to avoid. This is such an intriguing "behind the veil" tale, with a brassy broad of a tour guide! Cultural differences, money problems, Taliban threats and politics are all supporting characters in this work by a woman, for all women.

Debbie spends much of the book introducing the reader to the women who pass through her school - their struggles with family and husbands, oppression and repression, and in some wonderful cases, triumph. Along the way, Debbie finds an Afghan husband, learns some of the language, and creates her own Kabul family.

This was just a pitch perfect read - filled with inspiration and drama, a few laughs and a true glimpse at life in Afghanistan - behind the veil.

Note: I listened to the audio edition, narrated by Bernadette Dunne, who got the "brassy broad" voice down perfectly, as well as the Afghani names. What an enjoyable listen!

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