Arlington Reads - "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo

Habitats for Inhumanity

In “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” investigative journalist Katherine Boo exposes readers to the human stories behind the present-day volatility of global economic change and inequality.

Boo’s book describes Annawadi, a slum of Mumbai, India, where she follows the interconnected lives of several residents, including a young trash picker, a female slumlord and a college student. All three face daily struggles ranging from corruption, hunger, disease, dirt, ethnic strife and violence while striving toward a better life.

Boo has documented the lives of people from disadvantaged communities over the past two decades and has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the National Book Award.

A book signing will immediately follow the author's presentation.


The 2018 Arlington Reads series features an investigative journalist, a Princeton sociologist turned urban ethnographer and a leading authority on housing policy — each telling stories of people’s hopes, dreams and losses in the imminent face of eviction, segregation and inhumane living conditions.

Arlington Reads continues this spring:


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Central Library
Author Talk