RM Book Lounge – Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

You really can’t make this stuff up.  In her first book, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Katherine Boo writes about a Mumbai slum with an intensity and drama that you might find in a fiction book.  However, every scene in Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is true, and Boo knows that because she lived it, spending three and a half years living in the slums, recording and documenting the lives of those living there.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

“…Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama.”Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“This is an astonishing book. It is astonishing on several levels: as a worm’s-eye view of the “undercity” of one of the world’s largest metropolises; as an intensely reported, deeply felt account of the lives, hopes and fears of people traditionally excluded from literate narratives; as a story that truly hasn’t been told before, at least not about India and not by a foreigner.” - Shashi Tharoor, Washington Post

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Elysha Schickel

After four years of college and creating many answers to the question “So, what next?” Elysha Schickel is starting to figure it all out.  An avid reader who is addicted to researching anything that sparks her interest, and who loves to spread her knowledge to everyone she knows, Elysha is thrilled that at RebelMom, she’s found a way to combine all these interests with her love of writing.   She’s a recent graduate of Providence College with a B.A. in Humanities.

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