1. penamerican:

Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers to Receive 2013 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non-Fiction
"…this book is far more than a mesmerizing story about these figures and their painstakingly researched, powerfully recounted lives. Through their profiles, Boo quietly advances a compelling, critical analysis of globalization, institutional corruption, and international aid, forcing the reader to reckon with the human costs of India’s much-touted economic boom."
-From the Judges’ Citation; Eliza Griswold, Maya Jasanoff, and Edward Mendelson
**The 2013 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony will take place on October 21 at the CUNY Graduate Center NYC**

This was one of our best books of 2012. The award is well-deserved. An incredible work of journalism.

    penamerican:

    Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers to Receive 2013 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Non-Fiction

    "…this book is far more than a mesmerizing story about these figures and their painstakingly researched, powerfully recounted lives. Through their profiles, Boo quietly advances a compelling, critical analysis of globalization, institutional corruption, and international aid, forcing the reader to reckon with the human costs of India’s much-touted economic boom."

    -From the Judges’ Citation; Eliza Griswold, Maya Jasanoff, and Edward Mendelson

    **The 2013 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony will take place on October 21 at the CUNY Graduate Center NYC**

    This was one of our best books of 2012. The award is well-deserved. An incredible work of journalism.

  2. Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Random. ISBN 9781400067558. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780679643951. SOC SCI
India may have a thriving economy and expansive future, but Boo shows us the lives excluded from those attainments as she follows members of a ragged Mumbai slum improvised on the edge of the city’s 21st-century expansion. With character studies so eloquent that readers may forget these are realities, Boo charts how Abdul, Fatima, Kalu, and others assert power and hope in the midst of their calamitous existence. (LJ 2/15/12)—Margaret Heilbrun

See all of Library Journal's Best Books 2012: Top Ten

    Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Random. ISBN 9781400067558. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780679643951. SOC SCI

    India may have a thriving economy and expansive future, but Boo shows us the lives excluded from those attainments as she follows members of a ragged Mumbai slum improvised on the edge of the city’s 21st-century expansion. With character studies so eloquent that readers may forget these are realities, Boo charts how Abdul, Fatima, Kalu, and others assert power and hope in the midst of their calamitous existence. (LJ 2/15/12)—Margaret Heilbrun

    See all of Library Journal's Best Books 2012: Top Ten

  3. Infrastructures of Opportunity: Poverty, Writing, & Boo →

    roxanegay:

    This all got me thinking about Behind the Beautiful Forevers. I was wary as I read the book because all too often, we see the stories of people of color mediated through white writers. We see the stories of the poor mediated through the lens of privilege. 

    Yes. Yes. Yes. These stories need to be told, but who is telling them? And who should be?