We’ve said it before; we think the book about a Mumbai slum, Behind the Beautiful Forevers is going to the the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks of 2012 (meaning, a book about a subject that may not immediately sound appealing, but garners great press attention, is an instant best seller, hanging on for months, going on to do even better in trade paperback).

Entertainment Weekly has already predicted, “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.” Janet Maslin gave it a rave. Now the 2/13 issue of People gives it four stars and makes it the first People Pick of the year, calling it a “tough-minded, inspiring and irresistible book… Boo’s extraordinary achievement is two-fold. She shows us how people in the most desperate circumstances can find the resilience to hang on to their humanity. Just as importantly, she makes us care.”

In addition to the shows we have already listed that are planning to cover it, an appearance has been booked on Charlie Rose and the NYT Book Review has decided to put the it on the cover:

NPR / Morning Edition – taping 2/3 (air date: 2/6)

PBS/Charlie Rose – 2/7

NPR / Fresh Air – taping 2/6 (air date: 2/7)

New York Times – profile piece by Chip McGrath – 2/7 interview (on stands date tk)

New York Times Book Review – COVER REVIEW – 2/12

Library holds are growing. Several libraries have ordered more copies.

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

BOT Audio; Thorndike Large Print; OverDrive

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