Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brown Bag Book Club is now reading...

For its next meeting on Tuesday, November 18, the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading Behind the Beautiful Foreversby Katherine Boo.

This selection is one of those rare titles that is both a popular bestselling success and a critically acclaimed book--it won both the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest.

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.
Here is a link to a website with discussion questions and a whole lot more about Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Katherine Boo.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets at noon on the third Tuesday of the month at the Central Library. All are welcome to join us. Lunch, whether it is in a brown bag or not, is always a good idea too!

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