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Let's discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

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Winner of the 2012 National Book award for Nonfiction, this book will change the way you think about globalization, inequality, and humanity. The author spent three years researching a makeshift settlement called Annawadi that has sprung up in the shadow of the luxury hotels around Mumbai Airport marking India's new prosperity. Annawadi is full of hopeful and energetic young people like Abdul, an enterprising teenage garbage sorter who see fortune in the recyclable throw-aways of rich people and Aisha inching her way out of poverty into the middle class via politics and her beautiful daughter who will soon become Annawadi's first female college graduate. Well-written and honest, the book is a moral inquiry in the great tradition of Oscar Lewis and Michael Harrington. Boo's questions: “What is the infrastructure of opportunity in this society? Whose capabilities are given wing by the market and a government’s economic and social policy? Whose capabilities are squandered? . . . Why don’t more of our unequal societies implode?” will resonate with all of us.