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Terry McMillan

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in Port Huron, Michigan, The United States



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Terry McMillan is an African-American author. Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was fourteen. She received her BA in journalism in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley and the MFA Film Program at Columbia University. Her work is characterized by strong female protagonists.

Her first book, Mama, was self-promoted. 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. Forest Whitaker turned it into a film in 1995. 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.

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Disappearing Acts

4.24 avg rating — 13,809 ratings — published 1989 — 21 editions
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Waiting to Exhale (Waiting ...

3.98 avg rating — 15,286 ratings — published 1992 — 55 editions
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4.21 avg rating — 9,514 ratings — published 1987 — 29 editions
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

3.77 avg rating — 9,124 ratings — published 1996 — 32 editions
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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

4.09 avg rating — 8,174 ratings — published 2000 — 34 editions
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I Almost Forgot About You

3.69 avg rating — 7,982 ratings — published 2016 — 16 editions
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Who Asked You?

3.98 avg rating — 5,875 ratings — published 2013 — 13 editions
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Getting to Happy (Waiting T...

3.59 avg rating — 5,083 ratings — published 2010 — 17 editions
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The Interruption of Everything

3.75 avg rating — 3,942 ratings — published 2003 — 33 editions
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It's Not All Downhill from ...

3.85 avg rating — 4,959 ratings — published 2020 — 13 editions
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Excerpt from I Almost Forgot About You (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Short excerpt of my upcoming book, "I Almost Forgot About You" - available in June 2016!
“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 , Disappearing Acts

“Folks want to glow, to leave their worries and dead skin behind.”
Terry McMillan, Getting to Happy

“I want to push the fast-forward button until I get back to happy.”
Terry McMillan, Getting to Happy



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message 1: by Carla

Carla Thomas Terry McMillan, I love your work. I'm a native San Franciscan and have seen/met you once or twice over the years. Keep on creating beautiful things with the pen!
You say what so many people might be thinking but can't put it to pen the way that you do! #Blessed

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