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Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2012: Katherine Boo spent three years among the residents of the Annawadi slum, a sprawling, cockeyed settlement of more than 300 tin-roof huts and shacks in the shadow of Mumbai’s International Airport. From within this “sumpy plug of slum” Boo unearths stories both tragic and poignant--about residents’ efforts to raise families, earn a living, or simply survive. These unforgettable characters all nurture far-fetched dreams of a better life. As one boy tells his brother: “Everything around us is roses. And we’re like the s**t in between.” ANew Yorkerwriter and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur “Genius” grant, Boo’s writing is superb and the depth and courage of her reporting from this hidden world is astonishing. At times, it’s hard to believe this is nonfiction. --Neal Thompson
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ISBN-10:  1400067553
ISBN-13:  978-1400067558
Author:  Katherine Boo
Genre:  Nonfiction
Publisher:  Random House
Date Published:  2012
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers is narrative of several family's lives in a Mumbai slum. The author takes and ethnographic approach to the research and as weaved as story that is harrowing and starkly realistic.      While overall this was a well written and exemplary effort, I think it is wildly overrated and I suspect the subject matter, not the end result of the work, is what makes it so popular.      Two things that I do applaud the book for, however, …
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