Entertainment Weekly boldly predicts, “Beautiful Forevers will be one of the year’s big books — a conversation starter, an award winner” and calls it “a riveting, fearlessly reported portrait of a poverty so obliterating that it amounts to a slow-motion genocide.”

Sound tough to take? Read the author’s Letter form Mumbai: Opening Night, The scene from the airport slum, and you’ll understand Entertainment Weekly‘s enthusiasm.

Most libraries have ordered the book lightly and a few are beginning to show holds. We have a strong feeling every library could double their current orders and still need more. It may be this year’s Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The enhanced ebook includes videos of daily life shot by some of the slum children using the author’s camera.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Katherine Boo
Retail Price: $28.00
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2012-02-07)
ISBN 97814000-67558

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