I haven't done a book review post in awhile because, well, I haven't been reading as much as I'd like to. But in the last two weeks I started and finished a fantastic new read. It was so good, I'm having a hard time starting something new for fear it won't measure up.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo is a nonfiction book about the "undercity" of Mumbai -- particularly one slum and its inhabitants.
Boo's writing captivated me by giving such a thorough depiction of life in Annawadi, a Mumbai slum, that I had to remind myself this wasn't a fabricated story. I really felt like I "knew" the characters in this book, and my heart ached along with theirs as they lived through such poverty and hardship that I can't even imagine. The hardest part of this book was seeing how corrupt India actually is. My first instinct was to research charitable organizations to somehow help the people of the slums, but after reading Boo carefully point out that even the "Western" charities didn't follow through with their aid, I'm really at a loss of what I can do from here.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes anthropological studies, but also loves a really well written story. At no point was I bored or tired of this book. Definitely a top contender for my best book of 2012.
What have you read lately? Suggestions would be much appreciated as I'm at a loss of what to read now.