17 May 2009

Liberia Library ~ Two Books in My Reading Queue

I just read Helene Cooper's NYTimes book review Madame President of the memoir by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf titled This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President. This got me curious not only about reading the excerpted first chapter, The Beginning, and listening to her NPR interview, and thus deciding to buy President Ellen's book! But I also became curious about Helene Cooper too, since she wrote In Search of a Lost Africa in the NYTimes which turns out to be an excerpt from her autobiographical The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood. Both of these are now in my reading queue. Here's Helene speaking about her personal experience and the context of her homeland's ongoing saga more generally... And just so you appreciate how recently Liberia has been at peace, view here Martin Adler's July 2003 coverage of the fighting...

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