The House At Sugar Beach Is New Starbucks Pick

August 8, 2008

The House At Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper is Starbuck’s new book pick. It will go on sale in 6,500 Starbucks stores on September 3rd but you can borrow the book for free from the Library and you can put a hold on it right now in our catalog. Other books selected by Starbucks include: For One More Day by Mitch Albom and A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.

Helene Cooper 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. 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 enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage. But on April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d’état, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach, and then Liberia, for America. They left Eunice behind. The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor’s gentle humor.