March Book of the Month: Claretta Street by Colette Barris

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Every single month we nominate and vote for a theme based book to be our Book of the Month. This month will be a bit different. This month we are not going to nominate and vote. Why? Well, for the month of January we are honored to have our first Sponsored Book of the Month. What is a sponsored book? The author and or publisher has agreed to pay Mocha Girls Read (non-profit) book club for the honor of being our Book of the Month. Along with this honor the book, author, and publisher are going to get some really great things as well.

The second Mocha Girl Read Sponored Book of the Month for March 2018 is Claretta Street by Colette Barris.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.


Claretta Street the first novel by Colette Barris is the story of Pacoima, a bustling little town in the sixties located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Claretta Street follows the lives of four young African American girls known as the “Babies,” growing up in the vortex of the turbulent change of the sixties becoming young adults in the decadent and destructive eighties.

Today countless discussions on the peril of Black America proliferates the media, academia and social scientists in real time; propelling this continuous Greek tragedy into the main frame of America and the world. However, the incendiary foundation and epoch of this unfolding disaster must be told and the veil of destruction exposed-the eighties. Claretta Street by Colette Barris takes the reader on a ride of unbelievable clarity and cause, as Denise in ancient griot form becomes the voice of the diaspora both prophetic and naive. Stripping down in plain view the causes and emotions of a time of great hope and sadness to preserve through decadence and decline.
Claretta Street is the story of hope and change coupled with the unfortunate forces and juxtaposition of man’s inhumanity and struggle all the while seeking hope and love. Pacoima provides the foundation for Colette Barris’s remarkable journey to author, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Meet the Author

Writer Colette Barris is a graduate of the University of Southern California, a native of Pacoima, and the older sister of Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Black-ish creator/writer and 2017 Peabody winner Kenya Barris.

Colette Barris brings a fresh voice to the plight of Black experience in America. Claretta Street is clear, concise, yet layered with the complexities that encompass the Black experience in a way not articulated in American literature in years.

Author’s Links


Buy the Book

Congratulations Mocha Girl Colette for being the March Sponosored book of the month for 2018!
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Keep the pages turning ladies.

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