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Travel Memoirs by women of color.

It’s here guys!

We are are one step closer to the completion of Hola, Morocha! The final polished version is done so the next step was to work on the book blurb before I start working with a cover designer. Honestly, I was quite frightened of the this step.  Summarizing a long narrative is not one of my strengths. Luckily, my editor was there to see me through the drafts. I wanted the blurb to make the reader feel like they will be getting an inspiring, fun, entertaining, unique treat that they would just be itching to dive into and I believe we accomplished that with this blurb. Hola, Morocha! is new and improved and I am so proud of this version you will be holding in your hands soon! So! Drum roll, please!!!!!! The blurb!

When I first heard the word “Morocha,” I thought people were calling me a damn roach—granted, some exotic breed of roach that only skittered through luxury—but a roach! When I found out they were basically saying, “Hey, black girl, hey!” I took it as a term of endearment.

Buenos Aires, Argentina—a city where black people are so few and far between that Ebony magazine once dubbed it “The Land of the Vanishing Blacks.” Yet that’s exactly where Jennifer Poe headed with a one-way ticket in 2007 at the age of twenty-two, fresh off a break up, desperate for a change from her New York City life, and thirsty for adventure in every form.

Armed with a copy of Hemingway’s Moveable Feast and the contact info for the only hair stylist in a fifty-mile radius who could do black hair, Jennifer landed in BA with big plans, but zero amigas and only a cave-woman grasp of the Spanish language. As culture shock set in, Jennifer found herself dealing with the hilarious (a bidet that fought back), the absurd (the Argentine customs agency that held her fifty-pound package of black hair care products hostage) and the unexpected—like realizing her black skin and hair made her stand out in the best possible ways.

Funny and insightful, Hola, Morocha! offers readers a new twist on the “stranger in a strange land” tale. Told in a funny, blunt style, this first installment in a series reads like postcards from your quirky best friend, inviting readers to experience every heartache, frustration and hilarious misstep right alongside her. Hola, Morocha! A Black Woman’s Adventures in Buenos Aires: Culture Shock is the travel-memoir fusion of Awkward Black Girl meets Me Talk Pretty One Day: honest, intelligent, and an authentic representation of empowering female solo travel.

So here it is! What do you think? I hope you love it! I’m moving on to the book cover design and I can’t wait to do a reveal of it!

Oh, and I’ll be sharing something else exciting in the next few days that I think you’ll love.  Stay tuned!

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Awesome!! Can’t wait!!

  2. Gabrielle says:

    Loved it!!

  3. Devon says:

    this is exciting! I can’t wait to read it!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Hi there Jennifer!

    I’ve been going through your page for some hours now and I am completely..most utterly…in love.
    I recently discovered that I could potentially intern in Buenos Aires this summer (of all places). I originally wasn’t very excited until I did my research. Now I’ve stumbled upon this and I have prayed immensely about this opportunity in response to how excited I’ve become. Do you have a second or two to exchange a few emails about this experience? I know your book is coming out soon, but I’d love to hear about more of your time there in preparation for my possible (hopefully to become certain) summer journey. Let me know what you think!

    Best regards,
    Kathryn

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