"In Bed" with Terry McMillan

Posted by Goodreads on September 6, 2010
Best known for her novels Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Terry McMillan creates dynamic African American characters who are always on the hunt for romantic satisfaction and personal fulfillment. Her new novel, Getting to Happy, returns to the lives of the four women we met in 1992 in Waiting to Exhale. Fifteen years have passed, and now Bernadine, Robin, Savannah, and Gloria face a new middle-aged set of obstacles, including divorce and teenage children. McMillan shares what's in the stack of books currently on her nightstand.

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter (Goodreads Author)
"Her voice is strong, it's smart, sassy, and the story focuses—finally—on an 'unattractive,' black nerdy woman who, for lack of a better cliché, gets her groove back and then some."

The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage, edited by Cathi Hanauer
"These are honest, heart-wrenching, and often hilarious essays about how some (most, many) women feel and think about sex, solitude, work, motherhood, and marriage."

A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting by Hara Estroff Marano
"I first read an excerpt in Psychology Today about how overparenting is creating children who can't make their own decisions, cope with anxiety, or handle difficult emotions, mostly because their parents did it all for them. I know too many parents like this. They're everywhere. And they don't even realize how much harm they're doing to their children. They're raising wimps."

Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
"(As well as Little Birds.) Because no one writes erotica like her. Her prose is powerful and beautiful, and the stories make you want to jump on the page and live out some of these fantasies."

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
"Simply because in a few hundred words, everyday Americans acknowledge how, through self-examination, they came to discover a core principle—personal credo—that guides their life. I try to read one a night. A great tonic and remedy for self-pity."

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message 1: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Allen I can hardly wait to read your new book, "Getting to Happy."

Thank you for sharing the book titles on your nightstand.

message 2: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Terry - you and I used to work at a NYC law firm and I remember you coming in from the typing pool with your manuscript of "Stella" (I think?) and asking if the foundation I was working for would fund it. Those judges were so short sighted to overlook your talent. Bravo!! And you look fabulous too!


message 3: by Ruth (last edited Jan 18, 2013 10:25PM) (new)

Ruth Terry....when can we ever expect another book by you? I've read them all...been waiting and wanting another one!! And thanks for sharing books on your nightstand. I am going to read Delta of Venus...!

message 4: by Ruth (new)

Ruth I ran across Terry's new book at a bookstore the other day!! I'm so excited!!! It has a colorful, sassy cover titled Who Asked You? 383 pgs...that grabs you from the very opening!! Another winner, Terry!! Good for you!!!

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