The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African ChildhoodBy Helene Cooper
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- Author: Helene Cooper
- Binding: Hardcover
- Published: 2008-09-02
- Edition: First
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 a 'Mrs. Cooper's daughter'.