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The Resource Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Label
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Title
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Statement of responsibility
Katherine Boo
Creator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi's "most-everything girl," might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget. Winner of the National Book Award | The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award | The Los Angeles Times Book Prize | The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award | The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York TimesThe Washington PostO: The Oprah MagazineUSA TodayNew YorkThe Miami HeraldSan Francisco ChronicleNewsday NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New YorkerPeopleEntertainment WeeklyThe Wall Street Journal • The Boston GlobeThe EconomistFinancial TimesNewsweek/The Daily BeastForeign PolicyThe Seattle TimesThe NationSt. Louis Post-DispatchThe Denver PostMinneapolis Star TribuneSalonThe Plain DealerThe WeekKansas City Star • Slate • Time Out New York • Publishers Weekly NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "A book of extraordinary intelligence [and] humanity . . . beyond groundbreaking."—Junot Díaz, The New York Times Book Review "Reported like Watergate, written like Great Expectations, and handily the best international nonfiction in years."—New York"This book is both a tour de force of social justice reportage and a literary masterpiece."—Judges' Citation for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award "[A] landmark book."—The Wall Street Journal "A triumph of a book."—Amartya Sen "There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them."—Adrian Nicole LeBlanc "[A] stunning piece of narrative nonfiction . . . [Katherine] Boo's prose is electric."—O: The Oprah Magazine "Inspiring, and irresistible . . . Boo's extraordinary achievement is twofold. She shows us how people in the most desperate circumstances can find the resilience to hang on to their humanity. Just as important, she makes us care."—People
Summary
Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions
Pace
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2013
  • Library Journal Best Books 2012
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, 2012.
  • National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2012.
  • New York Times Notable Book 2012
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2012.
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10035193
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
305.5690954792
Index
no index present
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1030
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Label
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780679643951
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:f1f68eea-c0d3-4aac-a420-c15be18c1210
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780679643951
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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