The House at Sugar Beach

In Search of a Lost African Childhood
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.45 hours)
Product Number: Z100134815
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780743579520
Narrator/s: Helene Cooper
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A poignant memoir of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence told with unflinching honesty and gentle humor Helene Cooper is "Congo," a descendant of two Liberian dynasties-traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two room mansion by the sea in a childhood filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child, a Bassa girl named Eunice. For years the Cooper daughters-Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice-blissfully enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage. But on April 12, 1980 a group of soldiers staged a coup d'etat, assassinating Liberian President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach for America. They left Eunice behind. A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American and discovered her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She reported from every part of the globe-except Africa-as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell. In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia-and Eunice-could wait no longer. At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country to which her own family is inextricably linked, The House At Sugar Beach is the story of Helene Cooper's long voyage home.

Author(s): Helene Cooper
Original Publish Date: Sep 02, 2008

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Author(s): Helene Cooper
Product Number EB00570346
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781416565727

Professional reviews

"Cooper's memoir includes elements of Liberian culture and history as well as details on generations past of her "Congo" family, descended from two Liberian dynasties. Her fourteenth birthday begins with the thrill of getting a diamond for a present and ends with watching her uncle being executed during a coup. The sweetness of her early years at Sugar Beach ends as the family flees to the U.S. In her new country Cooper's experiences a difficult adjustment due to cultural ignorance of her native land and her longing for the foster sister she had to leave behind. Cooper's reading is less agile than her writing--her narration is flat. However, to her dialogue she provides accents and intonations that add verve to the production. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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