House at Sugar Beach : In Search of a Lost African Childhood
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Publisher: Thorndike Press
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
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. Her childhood was 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 common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as "Mrs. Cooper's daughter."For years the Cooper daughters -- Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice -- blissfully More...
Helene Cooperis the diplomatic correspondent for theNew York Times.Prior to that assignment, she was the assistant editorial page editor of theNew York Times,after twelve years as a reporter and foreign correspondent at theWall Street Journal.She was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
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