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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

The Kabul Beauty School

Deborah Rodriguez

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Biography: general, Memoirs, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Prose: non-fiction, Islamic life & practice, Gender studies: women, Islamic law

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 magazine, Australia

'Like good hairstylist chatter, Rodriguez's memoir ... is gossipy and warm.' VOGUE Australia

'Amusing, inspiring account of good intentions gone platinum, with streaks.' TIME magazine, Australia

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Praise for The Kabul Beauty School

  • A rare peephole into Afghani women s mysterious lives. - Cosmopolitan

  • Amusing, inspiring account of good intentions gone platinum, with streaks. - Time Australia

  • Like good hairstylist chatter, Rodriguez s memoir ... is gossipy and warm. - Vogue Australia

  • An engrossing look at Afghan society. - Sydney Morning Herald

  • This lovely and at times light-hearted memoir ... reveals the powerful magnificence of the women under the burqa. - marie claire

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Deborah Rodriguez

Deborah Rodriguez is a hairdresser, motivational speaker and author of the international bestsellers THE KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL and THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL. She spent five years teaching and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House, and is the founder of non-profit organization Oasis Rescue, which aims to teach women in post-conflict and disaster-stricken areas the art of hairdressing. She currently lives in Mexico and in 2014 published THE HOUSE ON CARNAVAL STREET, the sequel to THE KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL.

For more information about Deborah visit her

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