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From Manhattan to Mumbai: Wrestling with the Issues of Our Time

by Katherine Boo, author of the 2012 National Book Award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity (Random House, February 2012)

As jobs and capital whip around the planet, college students will graduate into a world where economic instability and social inequality are increasing and geographic boundaries matter less and less. Unfortunately, globalization and social inequality remain two of the most over-theorized, under-reported issues of our age. My book is an intimate investigative account of how this volatile new reality affects the young people of an Indian slum called Annawadi. Like young people elsewhere, the Annawadians are trying to figure out their place in a world where temp jobs are becoming the norm, adaptability is everything, and bewildering change is the one abiding constant. Continue reading

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University of Delaware Selects Behind the Beautiful Forevers for Common Reader

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo has officially been chosen as the University of Delaware’s 2012 FYE title! The university’s shared common reader program presents students with a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with their peers  and to share in the intellectual life of the entire UD community. The campus will also host feature speakers, films, and other cultural events organized around the theme of the book throughout the students’ first semester.

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, is a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities. In this fast-paced book based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.


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