Kabul Beauty School : An American woman goes behind the veil by Deborah Rodriquez
This is the perfect book to read for that Non-fiction book project so many teachers are assigning this year. It is the story of how a hair stylist named Debbie goes to Afganistan after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. At first she is going not just to help, but to escape an abusive home situation. But she finds herself falling in love with the country, and ends up starting a beauty school to help the women support their families and become more independent. What I especially appreciated about her story is that she is able to laugh at herself and her own mistakes, using affection and humor to teach the women how to find strength in thier own abilities.
This is currently on order for the library.