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Hola, Morocha!: A Black Woman's Adventures In Buenos Aires: Culture Shock (Volume 1) Paperback – May 11, 2017
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About the Author
Jennifer Poe is the author of the Hola, Morocha! series. She worked as a consultant with actress Elizabeth Berkley on her book for teen girls, the New York Times bestselling Ask Elizabeth and her writing has been published by Clutch magazine (2009); Zaji magazine (2012) and in an anthology made up of young women authors, endorsed by Eve Ensler, titled We Got Issues. She is a world traveler who stumbles off the beaten path into quirky adventures filled with hot men, local cuisine and dusty book shops. She writes about her adventures online at imported-chocolate.com. Fans of Issa Rae’s Insecure and Awkward Black Girl or the anecdotal comedic style of David Sedaris will enjoy her work. She resides in New York City.
Top customer reviews
The postal system where I reside is very different and can be difficult at times. Arrgg! Still, I don't trade it for anything because I love the experience and learning about other cultures.
Thank you so much Jennifer! When your book shows up on Goodreads, I will gladly post my review there as well.
I can't wait for part two!
By Nayara Khaly / june 2017
In times of so much xenophobia and bigotry, write about the intrinsic cultural chock of living in a completely new country – not as much ethnic diverse as your own – as a black woman is powerful, is empowering. If you want to be inspired and have good time learning about culture, language and romance with the optic of an artist go ahead, you are in the right place.
Hola, Morocha! With an intercultural approach and a charming narrative makes you deeply connect with the writer’s experiences while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Either you are a black Brazilian woman or a Norwegian man the author gives you the tools to really comprehend the dynamics of Argentine social behavior, culture and language. More important than that, Jennifer Poe gives you the keys to understand the particularities of travelling as African-American in a Latin- American country – with a really inexpressive black population.
I highly recommend this book to people who have been bitten by the travel bug and want to immerse in Argentine culture with a very light and fun read. Hola, Morocha! Is a guide to travelers of color and to anyone that wants to understand how the interrelations between gender, race, background and language affect your experiences abroad – sometimes for the best, sometimes not.
My favorite quote is:
“For too long, since I was fourteen years old, I had wondered what it would be like to travel on an airplane, then step off into a new environment quite unlike my own. I had wondered if it was even possible for a poor black girl like me.” (Page 150).
This is my favorite quote because it shows the bitter-sweet feeling of being a black girl. At the same time that is painful to identify with Poe’s perception of herself (a poor black girl that thought travelling wasn’t for her), it is beautiful to see how far this poor black girls went. This poor black girl is now a well-travelled inspiring woman.
In 2012, before "Hola, Morocha!" came to life in book form, it was Jennifer's Imported Chocolate blog that gave me the confidence to make my journey to Buenos Aires, despite the uncertainties and lack of people of color in the city. Now in 2017, its so beautiful to see the realness of her story written on paper! Jennifer's sense of humor will make you smile, as her words transport you into her journey as if you're right alongside her. I am anxiously awaiting for part two! After reading "Hola, Morocha!" I am ready to go back to Buenos Aires.
If you are considering travel to an unknown place and need a boost of confidence and inspiration, this is the book to read!