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Happy One Year Completed Birthday to Black Chick Lit Podcast!

Yes, a year ago two black women, friends, bookish chicks started a podcast.  Who are these two bookish women?  Well, here is a tidbit from their blog page…

Dani (DL) reads because she’s too poor to do much else. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri, so really, what did she expect? She’s sick of YA but will devour some Harlequin novels. She’s a producer of digital content and she lives in St. Louis. Find her on Twitter at @Dani_Lacey.

At various points in her life, Mollie (EM) has been called a bibliophile, an “Advanced Reader”, and a bookworm. She is a former English major who loves footnotes and compendiums; and her name appears on the Nanowrimo bulk-email list. She lives in Southern California. Find her on Twitter at @em__dash1.

So to help them celebrate, we thought we will host a giveaway here at Mocha Girls Read.  You wanna know what the prizes are I bet.  Well one luck winner will recieve a …*drumroll*

$5.00 Amazon Gift Code (emailed to you)

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A Copy of Queen Sugar

Why Queen Sugar? Well, listen to the latest podcast and you will see.

Click their logo to go to the latest podcast.

Now to win you must enter the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck and Happy Birthday Black Chick Lit!

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Black Chick Lit podcast discusses Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”

Hey Mocha Girls!

On the latest episode of the Black Chick Lit podcast, hosts Dani and Mollie held a riveting discussion on the classic Toni Morrison novel, “Beloved.”

Before we get into what they discussed, let me just start by praising the podcast. I genuinely love Dani and Mollie’s rapport! It’s like listening to two of your funny friends talk about literature, politics, music and life in general. It’s so refreshing and wonderful to see black women have a platform to speak on things that matter to them, while being able to cover a range of topics with equal amounts of intelligence, humor and wit. Needless to say, they’ve gained a new fan in me!

Now onto the novel. For those of you who haven’t read the book, “Beloved” follows a woman named Sethe who is fleeing slavery with her children. Upon realizing she and her kids may be captured again, she decides to kill her two year-old daughter, rather than having the young child endure the horrors of slavery. She buries the girl and can only afford to write the word “Beloved” on her tombstone. Years later, a young woman, who goes by the name Beloved, appears on her front step one day in Cincinnati, Ohio and Sethe takes her in. That woman is presumed to be the daughter she killed and has come back to haunt Sethe’s home. Over time, her presence takes a toll on Sethe and her other daughter, Denver.

Whether or not Beloved is an actual person or a ghost that has come back to haunt the family is open to interpretation. The ladies believe the most reasonable theory is that she is in fact a ghost, but they also reason that her ethereal status is not that big of a deal; her presence more importantly serves a reminder of the horrors of their circumstance. The big debate is whether she is a vengeful ghost, or an apparition mourning her family’s life. It’s difficult to determine, as there is evidence for both theories in the novel, which they dissect in the episode. The girls also discuss their favorite characters, like Ella, Paul D and Stamp Paid. While “Beloved” is rather sad and can be difficult to read, Dani and Mollie do a great job analyzing this “masterclass of fiction” about the real history and consequences of slavery.

Towards the end of the episode the ladies also announced their upcoming special collaboration with our group! Yay! To celebrate Black Chick Lit’s one year birthday, we are going to read a book chosen by Dani and Mollie’s podcast fans, followed by a live-tweeting event of the novel’s film adaptation. While our group will still be digging into our Book of the Month, we’ll also be joining these ladies for this fun project! Be sure to check in on our website for further information regarding the schedule for this event.

So have any of you ladies read “Beloved”? What impact did it have on you? Do you think Beloved is a real person or a ghost that’s come to haunt her mother? What similarities do you notice between “Beloved” and Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” in terms of prose, characters, or storytelling? Discuss in the comments section below! Thanks!

To learn more about Black Chick Lit and listen to other episodes, click here.

If you’ve never read “Beloved” and would like to own a copy, you can purchase the book here.

Happy Reading!

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July’s Book of the Month: The Queen of the South by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for a book for the theme, LATIN MALE AUTHORS.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for July is The Queen of the South by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

The critically acclaimed, beloved, and bestselling author of The Club Dumas and The Nautical Chart delivers his most magniÞcent novel to date.
Few authors inspire the kind of passion that Arturo Pérez-Reverte does. Reviewers, readers, and booksellers alike have embraced his fiction as the perfect blend of suspense and literary ambition. A global bestseller, he is one of the most admired and widely read authors in the world. And his stunning new novel is his best yet.
A remarkable tale, The Queen of the South spans continents, from the dusty streets of Mexico to the sparkling waters off the coast of Morocco, to Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. A sweeping story set to the irresistible beat of the drug smugglers’ ballads, it encompasses sensuality and cruelty, love and betrayal, as its heroine’s story unfolds.
Teresa Mendoza’s boyfriend is a drug smuggler who the narcos of Sinaloa, Mexico, call “the king of the short runway,” because he can get a plane full of coke off the ground in three hundred yards. But in a ruthless business, life can be short, and Teresa even has a special cell phone that Guero gave her along with a dark warning. If that phone rings, it means he’s dead, and she’d better run, because they’re coming for her next.
Then the call comes.
In order to survive, she will have to say goodbye to the old Teresa, an innocent girl who once entrusted her life to a pinche narco smuggler. She will have to find inside herself a woman who is tough enough to inhabit a world as ugly and dangerous as that of the narcos-a woman she never before knew existed. Indeed, the woman who emerges will surprise even those who know her legend, that of the Queen of the South.

About the Author

Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 – 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper Pueblo. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book ‘Territorio Comanche’, focusing on the years of Bosnian massacres. That was in 1994, but his debut as a fiction writer started in 1983, with ‘El húsar’, a historical novella inspired in the Napoleonic era.
Although his debut was not quite successful, in 1988, with ‘The fencer master’, he put his name as a serious writer of historic novels. That was confirmed in 1996, when was published the first book of his Captain Alatriste saga, which has been his trademark. After this book, he could leave definitely journalism for focusing on his career as a fiction writer. This saga, that happens in the years of the Spanish golden age, has seen, for now, seven volumes, where Pérez-Reverte shows, from his particular point of view, historical events from Spanish history in the 16th century.
Apart from these, he also penned another successful works like Dumas Club and Flandes Panel, titles that, among others, made Pérez-Reverte one of the most famous and bestseller authors of Spanish fiction of our era.

Author Links

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Congratulations Arturo Pérez-Reverte for being the winner of July’s book of the month for 2017!

Feel free to leave comments below or at Goodreads.com. We are looking forward to hearing what you all think of this month’s selection.

Keep the pages turning ladies.

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