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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kabul Beauty School author appears at Legacy Village tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Cleveland writer Kristin Ohlson
The best-selling tale of a tequila-drinking, cigarette-smoking hairdresser who helped set up a beauty school in Afghanistan comes to Legacy Village tonight. Deborah Rodriguez, who wrote the memoir Kabul Beauty School with Cleveland writer Kristin Ohlson, will host a discussion and book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. It promises to be an interesting night. According to the New York Times, highlights of the book include times when Rodriguez “helps a bride fake her virginity on her wedding night; saves the school from a hostile governmental takeover; punches a man who fondles her in a marketplace; and marries a former mujahideen fighter…” And on WCPN this morning, Rodriquez noted that she wanted Ohlson to come to Kabul before writing the book so she could experience the diarrhea and lack of electricity for herself. As is the norm with memoirs these days, there has been controversy over the accuracy of Rodriguez’s version of events, and the danger it has created for the women who attend the school. Decide for yourself. The talk starts at 7 p.m. at Joseph-Beth, 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst. – Lisa Rab


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