The Audio Book Club on Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Our critics visit Mumbai in Katherine Boo’s award-winning book.
Posted Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 11:32 PM
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This month, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin, and Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon dig into Katherine Boo’s National Book Award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Is it really the best book of 2012? How does Boo get the stories she gets? Why do we trust her storytelling even in circumstances where another journalist’s claims might make us pause? Is it OK to call her “Kate”?
Next month’s Audio Book Club selection is Lauren Groff’s Arcadia. This widely-praised novel is about a commune in the 1970s and has appeared on numerous best of 2012 lists. Pick up the book at your local progressive co-op and join the Audio Book Club on Feb. 1 for our discussion.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter.
Dan Kois is a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
Hanna Rosin is the author of The End of Men, a co-founder of Slate's DoubleX and a senior editor at the Atlantic. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook or visit her website.