The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

The Kabul Beauty School

By Deborah Rodriguez

  • Release Date: 2010-07-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 64 Ratings
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The internationally bestselling memoir and prequel to The House On Carnaval Street by the much loved author of The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul.

'Composed of heartbreak, hope, poignancy and candor...Kabul Beauty School is laid out masterfully, pulling readers in from the very first page' - Los Angeles Times

Enter the war-torn capital of Afghanistan, where tanks rumble through the streets and women are regarded as second-class citizens. Meet Deborah Rodriguez, a down-to-earth woman from the USA, who went to Kabul with a beauty degree and the urge to help.

A year after her arrival, Deborah Rodriguez joined the Kabul Beauty School as one of its first teachers and eventually its director. Stumbling through the language barrier and overstepping cultural customs, Deborah helped her students to become the breadwinners for their families, teaching them the fundamentals of makeup and hairdressing.

In this heartwarming memoir, Deborah introduces us to the women who shared the true stories of their lives, and learned the art of perms, friendship and freedom.

'[A] rollicking story...Kabul Beauty School transcends the feel-good genre largely because of the author's superior storytelling gifts and wicked sense of humor' - The New York Times

'This lovely and at times light-hearted memoir ... reveals the powerful magnificence of the women under the burqa' - Marie Claire (Australia)

'Like good hairstylist chatter, Rodriguez's memoir ... is gossipy and warm' - Vogue Magazine (Australia)

'Amusing, inspiring account of good intentions gone platinum, with streaks' - Time Magazine (Australia)


  • really good reas

    By APug
    it is like taking a journey the ups and downs of the people in this book and Debbie must have had such a strong dedication to see her venture through, to teach women to be gainfully employed in a country that trys to keep women hidden. the book was very well written giving insight into how hard it is to live in a country at war,and the resillience of these people especially the women. thank you for sharing your experiences.
  • Good read

    By mrstoddy
    This is a good book and easy read. Not overly intellectual but gives you an insight to the hardships of Afghanistan. Enjoyable.
  • How much I learned from this book

    By Fssfjjkdv
    I had never really given Afghanistan much thought other than to think it was the Taliban headquarters until I read this book. Although I knew the culture was completely different to the western world I didn't realize how much different for the women and how subservient their lives are. Deborah and her friends have done so much even for so few and it is a credit to them giving these women self confidence and skills.
  • The Kabul Beauty School

    By AusGrlR
    A great story by an inspirational lady. I hope things in Afghanistan settle down and she can keep up the amazing work she started. Afghanistan should be proud to have her! It's not just a beauty school, it's a new future for all the girls who train there. A river starts from a trickle, who knows, maybe other schools could start to train women in other professions, to help them find their voice! Don't be disheartened Debbie Rodriguez! Keep up the good work!