By Deborah Rodriguez
In solution to the query of what occurred following her New York Times bestseller Kabul good looks School, Deborah Rodriquez is again with a brand new memoir: “a courageous and infrequently hilarious story of reinvention, instructed with pioneer girl brio and depraved humor” (Wendy Lawless, bestselling writer of Chanel Bonfire).
Irreverent, insightful, and blatantly sincere, Deborah takes us alongside on her inspiring trip of self-discovery and renewal after she is compelled to escape Afghanistan in 2007. She first lands in California, the place she appears like a misfit teetering close to sanity. the place was once that fearless redhead who stared possibility within the face again in Kabul?
After being suggested to commune with glowworms and take a seat in contemplation for three hundred and sixty five days, Rodriguez eventually packs her lifestyles and her cat into her Mini Cooper and strikes to a seashore city in Mexico. regardless of having no plan, no pals, and no Spanish conversing talents, a decided Rodriguez quickly unearths herself swept up in a global the place the tune by no means stops and a brand new lifestyles can start. Her adventures and misadventures one of the expats and locals support prepared the ground to new love, new family members, and a brand new experience of herself.
In the magic of Mexico, she unearths the hairdresser inside of, and builds the lifestyles she by no means knew was once possible—a lifestyles on her personal phrases.
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