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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

30 Days of Books: Day 24 - A Book You Wish More People Would Read

I'm starting to do this again after a little hiatus called vacation.  I originally saw this on Jenni's blog (see her post HERE) and although I don't think the linky is still active, if you'd like, you can still make a post!  Just be sure to link back to Jenni!

Today's topic is: a book you wish more people would read

Goodreads Blurb:
"From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, 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 brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting“ in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter — Annawadi's "most-everything girl" — will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget."

Why You Should Read This Book:
At first, I was going to put I Am Malala but then I realized that a lot of people have already read that.  If you haven't, you definitely should but this prompt is about the little lesser known books.  This book is slightly lesser known but it's still really good and it's something I think everyone should read.  While it isn't the funnest read, there are some things everyone should be exposed to and the conditions in India are one of those things.  Read my full review HERE.

Have you read this or I Am Malala?  Did you enjoy them?  What books have you read that you think more people should read?


  1. I'll have to keep my eyes open for this one! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Not only have I not read this but I haven't even heard of it. Sad. I have read I Am Malala though.

    1. It isn't the most widely known but I do think it shows a part of the world that most people don't see. Maybe you'll have a chance to read it in the future!

  3. I've never heard of this. I do love reading books about world issues, though. They help open my eyes since I live such a good life. Thanks for the recommendation.


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