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Behind the beautiful forevers: life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi's "most-everything girl," might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds--and into the hearts of families impossible to forget. Winner of the National Book Award | The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award | The Los Angeles Times Book Prize | The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award | The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times * The Washington Post * O: The Oprah Magazine * USA Today * New York * The Miami Herald * San Francisco Chronicle * Newsday NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker * People * Entertainment Weekly * The Wall Street Journal * The Boston Globe * The Economist * Financial Times * Newsweek /The Daily Beast * Foreign Policy * The Seattle Times * The Nation * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * The Denver Post * Minneapolis Star Tribune * Salon * The Plain Dealer * The Week * Kansas City Star * Slate * Time Out New York * Publishers Weekly NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A book of extraordinary intelligence [and] humanity . . . beyond groundbreaking." --Junot D#65533;az, The New York Times Book Review "Reported like Watergate, written like Great Expectations, and handily the best international nonfiction in years." -- New York "This book is both a tour de force of social justice reportage and a literary masterpiece." --Judges' Citation for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award "[A] landmark book." -- The Wall Street Journal "A triumph of a book." --Amartya Sen "There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them." --Adrian Nicole LeBlanc "[A] stunning piece of narrative nonfiction . . . [Katherine] Boo's prose is electric." --O: The Oprah Magazine "Inspiring, and irresistible . . . Boo's extraordinary achievement is twofold. She shows us how people in the most desperate circumstances can find the resilience to hang on to their humanity. Just as important, she makes us care." --People
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9781400067558
9780812979329
9780307934055
9781594136184
9780307934086
9780679643951
141044676
9781410446763
081297932
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Full title behind the beautiful forevers life death and hope in a mumbai undercity
Author boo katherine
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-25 15:07:40PM
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display_description In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi's "most-everything girl," might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

Winner of the National Book Award | The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award | The Los Angeles Times Book Prize | The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award | The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • O: The Oprah Magazine
  • USA Today
  • New York
  • The Miami Herald
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Newsday

    NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
    The New Yorker
  • People
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • The Wall Street Journal • The Boston Globe
  • The Economist
  • Financial Times
  • Newsweek/The Daily Beast
  • Foreign Policy
  • The Seattle Times
  • The Nation
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • The Denver Post
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Salon
  • The Plain Dealer
  • The Week
  • Kansas City Star • Slate • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    "A book of extraordinary intelligence [and] humanity . . . beyond groundbreaking."—Junot Díaz, The New York Times Book Review

    "Reported like Watergate, written like Great Expectations, and handily the best international nonfiction in years."New York
    "This book is both a tour de force of social justice reportage and a literary masterpiece."—Judges' Citation for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

    "[A] landmark book."The Wall Street Journal

    "A triumph of a book."—Amartya Sen

    "There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them."—Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

    "[A] stunning piece of narrative nonfiction . . . [Katherine] Boo's prose is electric."—O: The Oprah Magazine

    "Inspiring, and irresistible . . . Boo's extraordinary achievement is twofold. She shows us how people in the most desperate circumstances can find the resilience to hang on to their humanity. Just as important, she makes us care."—People
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    title_display Behind the beautiful forevers :
    title_full Behind the Beautiful Forevers Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, Behind the beautiful forevers : [life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity] / Katherine Boo, Behind the beautiful forevers [sound recording] : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity / Katherine Boo, Behind the beautiful forevers [text (large print)] : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity / Katherine Boo, Behind the beautiful forevers [text (large print)] : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity / by Katherine Boo
    title_short Behind the beautiful forevers :
    title_sub life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
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