Reading for fun shouldn't stop just because you're in college. Selected from books suggested by professors in Musselman Library's annual summer reading guide, You've Gotta Read This!, these discussions are a fun, easy way to take a break from class reading and enjoy a new book with others. The first 12 students to sign-up for each discussion receive a free copy of the book.
Spring 2016 Selection:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Tuesday, March 15, 4-5 pm
Browsing Room, Main Floor Musselman Library
Discussion led by Divonna Stebick, Associate Professor of Education.
"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.” Book description courtesy of the publisher.
Preview the book! An excerpt is available online from the publisher.