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Starred Review. This stunning memoir by journalist Helene Cooper relates her early years living at the Sugar Beach estate in Liberia until a coup détat drove her mother, sister and her to America, where they attempted to fit in. The story is a sprawling, epic tale of struggle and survival in the face of adversity, and Cooper relates it with a genuine and emotional voice. As Coopers tale unfolds, her intimate reading draws listeners into the family as their journey begins. Cooper may not read with a lot of frills and thrills in her somber voice, but the experience is affecting and indelible. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 10). (Sept.)
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In her warm, conversational tone, Helene Cooper vividly evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of Liberia for readers as she describes the customs, history, and culture of her native land. Indeed, she has a great deal of background information to convey to Western readers unfamiliar with the country, but she folds this material masterfully into the narrative. An accomplished storyteller, Cooper relates the arrogance and excesses of her family during her early years without losing her readers’ sympathy, and she likewise depicts the joys of friendship and the horrors of war without becoming melodramatic or maudlin. Like the best nonfiction—and journalism—Cooper’s gripping coming-of-age story enlightens and inspires, often reading like a novel. In sum, it is a very personal and honest memoir from a gifted writer.
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I really enjoyed this book. The explanation of how the country developed was very informative. I Thoroughly enjoyed the relationships between the children and the vivid description... Read morePublished 1 month ago by veronica A. Watkins
This is the story of the (approximately) tenth generation-children, as seen through their eyes. People taken out of their established environment ,first as politicl punishment by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rosemarie Chanin
Would have liked more about the reunion. Did really appreciate the history. She seemed somehow unemotional however regarding the violence that occurred in that country though... Read morePublished 2 months ago by momattiaa
I really knew nothing about Liberia, having not paid any attention to the news at that time in my young life, but this is a fascinating book to start with.Published 2 months ago by Paula Stewart
Wonderful book, I enjoyed every word of it. Very informative and well written.Published 2 months ago by Bahtyah B. Israel
An amazing accounting of survival in, and outside of, Liberia. Very well written & engaging. Once the wars started I couldn't put it down.Published 2 months ago by Carolyn Lopez
Delightful memoire that captures that makes pre-war Liberia come to life. Helene Cooper clearly has more talents than just those on display in her day-to-day journalism.Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Timmerman