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Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2012: Katherine Boo spent three years among the residents of the Annawadi
slum, a sprawling, cockeyed settlement of more than 300 tin-roof huts and shacks in the shadow of Mumbai’s International
Airport. From within this “sumpy plug of slum” Boo unearths stories both tragic and poignant--about residents’ efforts
to raise families, earn a living, or simply survive. These unforgettable characters all nurture far-fetched dreams of a
better life. As one boy tells his brother: “Everything around us is roses. And we’re like the s**t in between.” A New
Yorker writer and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur “Genius” grant, Boo’s writing is superb and the depth
and courage of her reporting from this hidden world is astonishing. At times, it’s hard to believe this is nonfiction.