Banks, R. (2005) The Darling (novel)
The story of Hannah Musgrave, a political radical and member of the Weather Underground who flees America for Liberia where her husband is close friends with Taylor.

Clegg, C. (2004) The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia (non-fiction)
Examines the impact of African American colonization on native Africans by looking at the experiences of North Carolinians who went to Liberia.

Cooper, H. (2008) The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood (memoir)
The experiences of Helene Cooper and her family before and after Doe’s coup.

Dunn, D.; Burrowes, C.; Beyan, A. (eds.) (2002) Historical Dictionary of Liberia (2nd ed) (dictionary / encyclopedia)
Short paragraphs and essays on important events, topics, and people. Hard to find.

Ellis, S. (1999) The Mask of Anarchy: The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Dimensions of an African civil war (non-fiction)
Examines the political, ethnic, cultural, & religious aspects of Liberian society that shaped the nature and development of the civil war.

Gay, J. (2004) The Brightening Shadow. Long Day’s Anger. Red Dust on the Green Leaves (novels, trilogy)
Trilogy of novels about twin brothers, exploring the Liberian civil war through the experiences of its characters.

Green, G. (1936) Journey Without Maps (travel journal)
Chronicle of Graham Greene’s trek through Liberia in 1935.

Hetherington, Tim (2009) Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia 2003-2007 (photo essay)
Photography and testimony map Liberia’s recent history.

Johnson Sirleaf, E. (2009) This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President (memoir)
Memoir of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Keenan, J. (ed.) (1997) Liberian Cookhouse Cooking (Friends of Liberia) (cookbook)
This introduction to Liberian cooking includes short commentaries, proverbs, and observations about Liberian traditions and peoples. Out of print.

Malakpa, S. (2002) The Village Boy (novel)
A political and social satire, this novel tells the story of a boy genius in rural Liberia.

Moran, M. (1990) Civilized Women: Gender and Prestige in Southeastern Liberia (non-fiction)
Illuminates the complex relationships between Americo-Liberians and indigenous Liberians. Hard to find.

Powers, W. (2005) Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa’s Fragile Edge (memoir)
The deeply honest experience of an aid worker in Liberia in the late ‘90s – early 2000s.

Reno, W. (1999) Warlord Politics and African States (non-fiction)

Sankawulo, W. (2005) Sundown at Dawn: A Liberian Odyssey (novel) *
Insights into Liberian culture and politics.

Shaw, E. (2008) Redemption Road: The Quest for Peace and Justice in Liberia (novel)*
The story of Bendu Lewis seeking atonement and justice in Taylor’s Liberia.

Singler, J. (1981) An Introduction to Liberian English (non-fiction / glossary)
Prepared for Peace Corps volunteers, this publication provides an introduction to the speech of Liberians. Out of print.

Selected Films

Barnes, D. & Kahlor, M. (2000) Cry of the Pepperbird: A Story of Liberia (documentary)
Liberia’s history from its 19th century founding to the time of the first civil war. Hard to find.

Bright, N. (2002) Liberia: America’s Stepchild (documentary)
By Liberian filmmaker Nancee Bright, an introduction to the history and societies of Liberia.

Caillouette, B. & Lidow, N. (2008) Sliding Liberia (documentary)
A film about war, peace, & surfing in Liberia.

Junge, D. & Scott-Johnson, S. (2007) Iron Ladies of Liberia (documentary)
A film about President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s first year in office.

Reticker, G. (2008) Pray the Devil Back to Hell (documentary)
Chronicles a group of women advocating to end the war and bring peace to Liberia.

Stack, J. & Brabazon, J. (2003) Liberia: An Uncivil War (documentary)

Chronicles one of the periods of fighting in Liberia, “World War III,” in mid-2003, before the peace treaty was signed in August.