Next Book Group: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

behindthebeautifulforeversBook Group will meet on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 a.m. and noon, to discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Her first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers reads like a novel but is a work of nonfiction. It has enjoyed much critical acclaim and is winner of the 2012 National Book Award.

In an interview broadcast on NPR, Boo discusses the book and her experiences while researching it. She talks about how people first reacted to a blond, American woman in the slums; the caste system, drug use, and suicide in Annawadi; Annawadians not being considered ‘poor’ by traditional Indian benchmarks; not being able to financially help the people she was writing about; and writing about people lifting themselves out of poverty.

Also check out the Behind the Beautiful Forevers website for extras like a Q&A with the author, photos of Annawadi, and a thought-provoking discussion guide.

Boston Children’s Hospital personnel are encouraged to join us in the AV Room in the Library on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 a.m. or noon, to participate in discussion about this window into the lives of those living in an Indian slum. If you would like to be added to our Book Group email distribution list, please contact Alison Clapp or Jessica LaBrie.

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