March Book of the Month: Claretta Street by Colette Barris

*** BIG NEWS! ***

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.

Synopsis

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.

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Congratulations Mocha Girl Colette for being the March Sponosored book of the month for 2018!
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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February Book of the Month: Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our February book of the Month.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for February is Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

Charley Bordelon, an African American woman and single mother is struggling to build a new life amid the complexities of the contemporary South.

When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

Meet the Author

Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award, was a co-runner up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition, and excerpts were published in Cairn and ZYZZYVA. She has had residencies at the Ragdale Foundation where she was awarded the Sylvia Clare Brown fellowship, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Mission at Tenth, and in The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9. She is a former fiction editor at The Cortland Review, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Natalie grew up in Southern California and lives in San Francisco with her family.

Author’s Website: http://nataliebaszile.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nataliebaszileauthor

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Congratulations Mocha Girl Natalie for being the February book of the month for 2018!

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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What Did You Think Of- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Hey Mocha Girls!

I hope you all are enjoying a great start to the month of December! My local Mocha Girls Read chapter held our monthly meeting on Saturday to discuss this timely book, and I wanted to hear your thoughts about the novel!

 

 

  1. What did you enjoy the most from the book?
  2. Is there anything that you didn’t enjoy? Were all your expectations met?
  3. During our meeting, the topics of education, literacy, and parent-child interactions came up, as they relate to the contents of the novel. What topics came up in your mind/in your group as you read?
  4. Who were your favorite characters?

Please sound off in the comments below!

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January Book of the Month: From Compton to Congress by Walter R. Tucker III

*** BIG NEWS! ***

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 first Mocha Girl Read Sponored Book of the Month for January 2018 is From Compton to Congress: His Grace for My Race by Walter R. Tucker III.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

From Compton to Congress reveals shocking criminal charges, based on an FBI Sting, that send Congressman Walter R. Tucker III reeling, and changes his life forever. Against the great odds of overcoming the tough streets of Compton, young Tucker fulfills his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduate of USC with honors, graduate of Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and filling his father’s vacant seat as Mayor of Compton—all by age 33. During his meteoric rise in the political arena, at age 35 he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, the U.S. Attorney’s federal indictment against him shocks the nation. Tucker’s choice to fight the charges against him thrusts him into a criminal trial that tests the condition of his human spirit and provokes us to reflect on every man’s plight versus every man’s fight.

Meet the Author

Pastor Walter R. Tucker III

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from U.S.C. in 1978, and his Juris Doctorate  from Georgetown Law School in 1981, Walter worked as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, established his own law firm, served as Mayor of Compton, California, and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1993–all by age 35.

While in his second congressional term, Walter was indicted for receiving bribes while he was Mayor of Compton. Walter fought the case against him, but was convicted in 1995, and sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison. After his conviction, Walter received his call to full-time ministry. He began his ministry inside prison, and upon release in 1998, he served as Manager of Helps Ministry at Crenshaw Christian Center (Los Angeles, CA), then as the Los Angeles Area Director of Prison Fellowship Ministries (Los Angeles, CA), and was finally ordained in 2003 as a pastor by From the Heart Church Ministries (Suitland, MD) in 2003.

In 2012, after pastoring From the Heart Church Ministries of Chicago for nine years, Walter returned home to the Los Angeles area and founded his own ministry, Truth and Love Christian Church, located in Carson, California. The church has over 300 members 40 different ministries and oversees churches in Africa.

Pastor Tucker has been called to help saints overcome their past and enjoy “daily

victorious living” through his teachings on “True Prosperity.” God has also graced him to train and equip ministers and church leaders to carry out the purpose of God, fulfill their destiny in Christ, and be a part of effecting a Great Harvest of souls in these End Times.

Walter has been happily married to Reverend Robin Tucker for 31 years and they are the proud parents of Walter R. Tucker, IV,  and Spencer and Autumn Tucker-Rodney, and have one wonderful grandson, Spencer Rodney, Jr.

Walter is still the youngest African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representative from the state of California. (read more)

Author’s Links

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Congratulations and Thank you Walter Tucker III being our first Sponosred book of the month and the Book of the Month for January 2018!

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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2nd Annual Black Friday Readathon ’17: Book Puzzle Challenge

2nd Annual Black Friday Readathon ’17: Book Puzzle Challenge

Hosted by DuLivre, Mocha Girls Read and Books and Sensibility.

Challenge

Below are pieces of 11 different book covers.  In the comments section below, leave the title and author of the book.  You will get 1 pt for the title and 1 pt for the author.  The person with the most points wins.  There 11 book covers and a total 22 points possible.

Prize

1 Copy of any book from Amazon up to $10.00 in value.

Rules

  1. Person with most points wins.
  2. Please add up your points for us as well.
  3. All answers must be here on the site below.
  4. If there is a tie, a random winner will be picked.
  5. Ends at midnight PST on 11/24/17.

Good Luck!

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