CANCELLED--Baltimore-area Book BRAG
Join Jennifer Burdick’66 for the Beloit Baltimore Book Club at 7 p.m. All are invited to read this year's FYI book and share the experience.
Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Sponsored by: Alumni
Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.
Baltimore-area Book Club
Join Jennifer Burdick’66 for the Beloit Baltimore-area Book Club at 7 p.m. The group is reading the same book that our first-year Beloiters are reading in their initiatives program (FYI), Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. All are invited to read it and share the experience. The group will gather for conversation at Jennifer's home.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
7 p.m., Jennifer Burdick's home
2908 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
RSVP to Jennifer Burdick at email@example.com
To read more about the FYI visit: www.beloit.edu/initiativesprogram/fyi
Review of the book:
While the distance between rich and poor is growing in the U.S., the gap between the haves and have-nots in India is staggering to behold. This first book by a New Yorker staff writer (and Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for the Washington Post) jolts the reader’s consciousness with the opposing realities of poverty and wealth in a searing visit to the Annawaldi settlement, a flimflam slum that has recently sprung up in the western suburbs of the gigantic city of Mumbai, perched tentatively along the modern highway leading to the airport and almost within a stone’s throw of new, luxurious hotels. We first meet Abdul, whose daily grind is to collect trash and sell it; in doing so, he has “lifted his large family above subsistence.” Boo takes us all around the community, introducing us to a slew of disadvantaged individuals who, nevertheless, draw on their inner strength to not only face the dreary day but also ponder a day to come that will, perhaps, be a little brighter. Sympathetic yet objective and eloquently rendered. --Brad Hooper