Monday, January 28, 2008
Another Book Recommendation: Kabul Beauty School
There have been several books written about the plight of Afghan women but Kabul Beauty School:an American woman goes beneath the veil by Deborah Rodriguez takes a fresh perspective. Rodriguez traveled to Afghanistan to be an aid worker and nurse shortly after the fall of the Taliban. She soon discovered her training as a hairdresser and cosmetologist was in huge demand for both western workers and a small group of Afghan women. After befriending a number of these Afghan women, she found that even under a burqa, these women still had pride in themselves and their appearance. Using a great deal of ingenuity, she opened a small beauty school in Kabul to train her new friends in basic cosmetology. Through laughter as well as tears and lots of tea, she was embraced as a true friend and discovered that she could help her new Afghan friends change their lives for the better.