Helene Cooper, Diplomatic Correspondent for The New York Times, Discusses Her New Memoir: House At Sugar Beach: In Search Of A Lost African Childhood
This event was held on October 20, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Helene Cooper is a native of Liberia who came to the United States at 14 years of age. She grew up at Sugar Beach, a mansion by the sea, and lived a childhood filled wealth and advantages. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. But after the coup d'Ã©tat in 1980, Helene, her mother, and her sister fled Liberia for America. Helene will discuss her memoir, a deeply personal story and an examination of a violent and stratified country. It is also the story of Helene Cooper's long voyage home.
Ms. Cooper holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill. She has been the diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times, based in Washington, since 2006.