And the Winner Is…

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Last week we ran our second giveaway of 2016.  The “Favorites Giveaway Hop” was for one free paperback book from OUR LIBRARY of books we have read as a book club.
Congratulations goes out to…

Vivian T.

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If you didn’t win don’t worry we will be hosting a giveaway every month so please check back soon.

March Voting is Now Open

vote button  For the month of March we are going to read a a non-fiction book about an inspirational woman, since March is Women’s History Month.  As always there are some really great titles up for 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 February 21, 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!

Celebrating Black Authors in Celebration of Black History Month

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February is Black History Month. Let’s celebrate with books by African-American authors. Below are a few places on the web that promote the works of authors from all corners of the African diaspora.

QBR: The Black Book Review is a national book review “exclusively dedicated to books about the African experience.” Find reviews of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s books. Also look here for works by African writers and writers from the Caribbean.

The mission of the African American Literature Book Club, or AALBC, is “to promote the diverse spectrum of literature written by, or about, people of African descent by helping readers find the books and authors they will enjoy.” Not only will readers find book reviews and author profiles, they will also find film reviews and resources for writers.

Do you love genre fiction but sometimes struggle find a mystery, fantasy, or other genre story with a believable African-American as the main character? Don’t worry, help is here.

If you’re interested in fantasy or science fiction, check out Black Girl Magic, a new literary magazine “created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority voices and characters in speculative fiction, especially Black women’s voices.” The first issue is now available on a variety of eReader devices including Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices like Nook and Kobo.

Mocha Girl Jess recently introduced me to the podcast Girl, Have You Read… (Thanks, Jess.) Girl, Have You Read… is also a website that focuses on the romance genre and aims to “bring black authors to the forefront.” One of the great things about this site is that it highlights different types of romance novels. Whether you like contemporary romance, erotica, urban, suspense, historical or chick lit, you will likely something that will tickle your fancy on this website.

If you love mysteries like I do try Myst Noir: African-American Mysteries. Author and mystery writer Angela Henry celebrates mysteries written by African-Americans and/or featuring African-American sleuths. Discover new books and authors and find news from the mystery section of the book world.

COSTUME: About A Gingham History

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Ever wonder what happens to a costume after a story has been told or a movie has been made or decades have gone by? What makes people so fascinated that they want to dress like characters from movies? A movies history, careful costume development or it may simply be the imagination developed while watching.

For decades, the world believed Dorthy Gale embodied what dreams were made of and imaginations should aspire to; the Wizard of Oz is a story that will forever be told over and over – even in the spirit of Halloween.

A little history on the costume we all love…

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July’s Book of the Month: Orange is the New Black

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our July book of the month.

By one vote, Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for July is Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.  Take a minute to see what this book.

Synopsis

ORANGE-IS-THE-NEW-BLACK-WIKI_Book_Cover_01With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

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Buy the Book

Congratulations Piper Kerman for becoming Mocha Girl Read book of the month for July 2015.

Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Keep the pages turning ladies!