New Starbucks Pick

Starbucks announces that they have chosen a Simon and Schuster title, The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper as the next selection for their book program. Beginning September 3rd, the book will be featured at 6,500 of the chain’s coffee shops. The current selection is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

The Starbucks press release describes the book this way,

Cooper’s poignant memoir tells the haunting story of a privileged Liberian childhood torn apart by civil war and exile, and of her return to her native country after two decades to reconnect with the foster sister who had been left behind. First told in a Wall Street Journal cover story that generated far-reaching critical acclaim and reader interest, the story of Helene Cooper’s extraordinary life, now fully explored in memoir form, is a compelling personal tale rent from the broader pages of Liberia’s recent turbulent history.

And, they quote the author’s reaction to the selection,

I remember going into my local Starbucks on K Street in Washington for my morning coffee on my way to work, and seeing Ishmael Beah’s Long Way Gone on the counter. I was thrilled for him as a fellow West African–and so envious myself at the same time! I’m not ashamed to say that I stood in line daydreaming that one day it would be me. I’m absolutely thrilled ‘The House at Sugar Beach’ is a Starbucks selection,” says Helene Cooper.

Some libraries have not ordered it. Others have it on order in modest quantities, with comfortable holds to copy ratios. None of the libraries I checked have ordered the audio.


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)
  • ISBN-10: 0-7435-7951-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7435-7951-3

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