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VJ Books Presents Author Terry McMillan!

Author Terry McMillanOriginally from Port Huron, Michigan, Terry McMillan was born October 18, 1951, and fell in love with books as a teenager while working at the local library. She received her BA in journalism in 1986 at UC Berkeley and studied screenwriting at Columbia before making her fiction debut with her first book, Mama, which one both the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award and the American Book Award. Her work is characterized by female protagonists.

She achieved national attention in 1992 with her third novel, Waiting to Exhale, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for many months. In 1995, Forest Whitaker turned it into a film starring Whitney Houston. In 1998, another of McMillan's novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, was made into a movie. McMillan's novel Disappearing Acts was subsequently produced as a direct-to-cable feature, starring Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan. She also wrote the best seller A Day Late and a Dollar Short. The Interruption of Everything was published on July 19, 2005. Getting to Happy, the long-awaited sequel to Waiting to Exhale, was published in September 2010.

" Too many of us are hung up on what we don't have, can't have, or won't ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy -- if not less of it -- doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do." --Terry McMillan

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Terry McMillan Bibliography

  • Mama - 1987
  • Disappearing Acts - 1989
  • Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction - 1990 (Editor)
  • Waiting To Exhale - 1992
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back - 1996
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short - 2001
  • It's OK if You're Clueless: and 23 More Tips for the College Bound - 2006
  • The Interruption of Everything - 2006
  • Getting to Happy - 2010
  • Who Asked You? - 2013
  • I Almost Forgot About You - 2016

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