The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood is by Helene Cooper. Helene was born in Liberia to a rich and influential family descended from freed slaves sent from America to found a country in Africa. Then in 1980, a coup changes her life forever. Her family flees to America where she attends school and becomes a journalist. After a near death experience covering the Iraq war, she decides to return to her homeland and face her past.
Ratings: 11th grade - 7 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).