Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Based on three years of 'embedded reporting' in the slum settlement of Annawadi adjacent to the Mumbai airport and its nearby luxury hotels, Boo's book takes readers deep into the subsistence-level lives of residents.
The Book of Madness and Cures-The book plunges the reader into the zeitgeist of an era when medical science rubbed shoulders with alchemy and astrology — and when any woman who claimed medical knowledge could be burned for witchcraft.
Like many a wise child before her, Rory finds consolation in books: Her bible of choice is a tattered old copy of The Girl Scout Handbook. The trailer park doesn't have a troop, but Rory constitutes a fearsome pack of one; she even awards herself her own homemade badges, such as the "proficiency badge in puberty." It's Rory's dry humor as well as the offbeat ways in which she presents her coming-of-age story (for example, social worker case notes and anthropological asides on the trailer park co
Among Others by Jo Walton | the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment
Says the NPR review: "I urge potential readers not to judge Code Name Verity by its cover. Had I done so, I might never have picked it up and discovered one of the smartest, and best, novels of the year." So, presumably not "50 Shades of WWII"? Code Name: Verity, by Elizabeth Wein