Friday, February 27, 2009

The House at Sugar Beach

In The House at Sugar Beach, Helene Cooper, a reporter for The New York Times, writes of her African childhood in the country of Liberia. Cooper is the descendant of two families who came to African from the United States as part of the shipload of freedmen under the auspices of the American Colonization Society. Her description of her life as the daughter of a wealthy family, her loss of innocence during the bloody civil war of the 1980s, and her urge to return to the land of her childhood searching for redemption from her foster sister result in a fascinating read.

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