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Great Memoir About Growing Up in Liberia

  • Jul 7, 2010
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Helene Cooper certainly does not disappoint as she describes her own time growing up in Liberia during a time of turmoil, with the two civil wars destroying the country that she loved. However, since Cooper grew up in an extremely affluent family, readers could only see one side of what was happening. Her family resided in a huge mansion type house with air conditioning on the beach, whereas the majority of the country lived in tiny shacks while dripping in sweat. Her life of luxury certainly caused bias and a different point of view, so even though the story was accurate in Helene Cooper's eyes, it may have been completely inaccurate from someone else's eyes.

Cooper told her story in two ways. She would switch up between narration in proper English and looking back into her childhood and changing to a native slang and dialect. Although this added authenticity to the memoir, it certainly became confusing at times. All in all, however, the memoir was pretty easy to read and understand, and i would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the history and struggles of Liberia from a great writer's childhood experiences.

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Currently a student majoring in hospitality finance, but I have always had a knack for reading. Although I generally read thriller/fiction books, I do enjoy an occasional historical research book
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Author: Helene Cooper
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: September 2, 2008

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