Bernardsville Library book group, Memoirs and Coffee, will discuss The Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil at its next meeting on Tuesday, October 25th, at 10:30 a.m. Memoirs and Coffee is the library's open-invitation book discussion group dedicated to reading memoirs. Staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant is the coordinator for this group, which meets monthly in the Community Room. New members are always welcomed.
Author Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2001 as a humanitarian aid volunteer, but soon doubted her ability to offer substantive skills. Her training had been in hairdressing, yet Westerners and Afghan women swiftly sought her out once they learned this. Before Taliban rule, Afghan women had experienced success running beauty salons, and now they hungered to reestablish themselves in the beauty business. Rodriguez gathered sponsors who enabled her to found the Kabul Beauty School in 2003.