Giveaway Winner

Screen+Shot+2014-06-29+at+9.23.29+AMIt’s winner time again!

We hosted a giveaway on this website from May 6th to May 19th now is the time to announce all the winner.
First, let me first say, thank you so much to everyone for stopping by Mocha Girls Read website, commenting and entering the giveaway.
Now on to the winners.

Congratulations

Alisha S.

for winning the May I Suggest…Giveaway Hop.  Alisha will be able to pick from the books Room or The Year of Yes.

June Book of the Month: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Your votes have been counted!
7 days of nominations!
7 days of voting!
And now we had a close one.
We have a winner for our June 2016 book of the month.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for June is   Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

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Synopsis

This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today.

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim – until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.

With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New Jersey’s Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere – and to risk it all – in the name of love.

A true literary triumph, this novel confirms Junot Díaz as one of the best and most exciting writers of our time.

About the Author

rotate_authorphotoJunot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award.  A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is the cofounder of Voices of Our Nation Workshop.

Author’s Website http://www.junotdiaz.com/

Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/junotdiaz.writer/ 

Goodreads Author’s Page  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/55215.Junot_D_az

Buy the Book

Congratulations to Junot Diaz for being June’s book of the month.  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.

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June Voting is Now Open

vote buttonFor the month of June, we are going to read a book from an author from South of the Border.  As always there are some really great titles up for the vote this time.

Here are the Rules for Voting.

1. You may vote for three (3) books.

2. All members get to vote only once.

3. Last day to vote will be May 22, 2016. (11:00pm Los Angeles time)

4. The book with the most votes wins.  But if there is a tie there will be a 48-hour death match. The two or three books will go into a head to head competition for only 48 hours. Whichever book is left standing (with the most votes) wins!

Below the poll, you will find the title of the books linked to a brief description.  Now…may the best book win!