Feminist Theory Book Group: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

5 West Chase St. Conference Room

The Center on Applied Feminism holds a feminist theory book group twice a semester.  Our next book group meeting will be held on Monday, October 1 at noon at the Family Justice Center at 5 W. Chase Street.  The book is the bestselling Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo. 

Lunch is provided, so your RSVP is requested by Thursday, September 27  to Brittmy Martinez.    The entire University community is invited. We look forward to seeing you there!

Some reviews of the book are below:

Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2012: Katherine Boo spent three years among the residents of the Annawadi slum, a sprawling, cockeyed settlement of more than 300 tin-roof huts and shacks in the shadow of Mumbai’s International Airport. From within this “sumpy plug of slum” Boo unearths stories both tragic and poignant--about residents’ efforts to raise families, earn a living, or simply survive. These unforgettable characters all nurture far-fetched dreams of a better life. As one boy tells his brother: “Everything around us is roses. And we’re like the s**t in between.” A New Yorker writer and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur “Genius” grant, Boo’s writing is superb and the depth and courage of her reporting from this hidden world is astonishing. At times, it’s hard to believe this is nonfiction.

“[An] exquisitely accomplished first book. Novelists dream of defining characters this swiftly and beautifully, but Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama. She makes it very easy to forget that this book is the work of a reporter. …. Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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