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The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
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Jun 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: africa, memoir

I especially enjoyed the first half (two thirds?) while she was a child in Liberia. It was informative about the history of Liberia, particularly the American freed slaves who settled there, endured much, made a life for themselves. Unfortunately, they pushed aside he Africans already living there, acquired their land, took political and economic control, and became fabulously wealthy, while the original Africans were desperately poor and misused. Helene's voice as a child is captivating, the language she speaks (a modified English) is interesting. Despite her family's wealth, they too suffered terribly under the revolutions that took place.
After she flees to the US, and grows into a woman, the story becomes more mundane, until she returns to Liberia. But this was definitely worth a read for me.

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