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Deborah Rodriguez spent five years teaching at and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also owned the Cabul Coffee House. She is now a hairdresser, a motivational speaker, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Kabul Beauty School. Deborah currently lives in Mexico. To learn more about her visit www.debbierodriguez.com
Arriving in Afghanistan in 2002, just after the fall of Taliban, and with nothing more than a beauty degree and a desire to help, Deborah Rodriguez set out on a course of action that would change her life and those of many Afghan women. Learning that the once proud tradition of beauty schools had been all but destroyed, Deborah set about training women to become beauticians and helping them support themselves. Rodriguez was entranced with the delightful personalities that emerged when her students removed their burqas behind closed doors, making some of the closest friends of her life. She also found the strength to leave her own unhealthy marriage and allow herself to love again. The Kabul Beauty School is an eye-opening, inspiring and enthralling tale of an extraordinary community of women, all with stories to tell.
In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together. SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan - and fast - to keep her cafe and customers safe. YAZMINA, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village and now abandoned on Kabul's violent streets. CANDACE, a wealthy American who has finally left her husband for her Afghan lover, the enigmatic Wakil. ISABEL, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life. And HALAJAN, the sixty-year-old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules. As these five women discover there's more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will for ever change their lives and the lives of many others.