‘House at Sugar Beach’ in People

The next Starbuck’s Pick, The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper, is the lead book review in People this week (9/8; Jessica Simpson on the cover. She’s in love — again).

The book, a memoir of the author’s privileged childhood in Liberia, which her family had to escape in 1980, gets 3 1/2 out of a possible 4 stars.

The author set sweet, funny stories…against the darker canvas of [her parent’s] divorce…Nearly three decades after fleeing Liberia, Cooper offers an indelible view of her homeland and makes palpable the pain that she felt when she lost it.

The book was also reviewed in the Spring ’08 issue of Ms. Magazine (review not posted online).

Ordering in the libraries I checked is light (the prepub reviews were good, but not overly enthusiastic). Reserves are building, but still at comfortable levels (four holds to one copy). None have ordered the audio or large type editions.

The House at Sugar Beach

Helene Cooper

  • Hardcover: $26.00
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0743266242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743266246
  • Simon & Schuster Audio, September 2008
  • 9 Compact Disks (Unabridged)
  • Read by: The Author
  • ISBN-10: 0-7435-7951-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7435-7951-3
  • Large Type, Hardcover: $31.95
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; (September 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1410410382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410410382

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