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Novel Ideas February selection

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

This modern classic tells the stories of four Black women bound together in warm, supportive friendship, and their hopes in finding life balance, happiness, and Mr. Right.

 

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Discussion Questions:

  • Terry McMillan is known for a realistic and life-like writing style, including complex characters who experience racism and other challenges.  Which character or situation do you relate to most? Least?
  • What are your thoughts on the end of the book- is it a happy or unhappy ending?

Resources to explore with kids, friends, and/or family:

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. A teen novel for ages 12 and up, celebrating the strength, heartbreak, love, family, and friendships of four diverse girls.
  • I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! (I'm a Girl! Collection) by Betty K. Bynum. This children’s book introduces us to Mia, who finds that “pretty” is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what the mirror shows.
  • HRE Daily article: Being a Black Professional Woman, documentary film featuring women discussing the challenge of working in mostly white offices and industries. 
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Novel Ideas February selection

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

This modern classic tells the stories of four Black women bound together in warm, supportive friendship, and their hopes in finding life balance, happiness, and Mr. Right.

 

image description

Discussion Questions:

  • Terry McMillan is known for a realistic and life-like writing style, including complex characters who experience racism and other challenges.  Which character or situation do you relate to most? Least?
  • What are your thoughts on the end of the book- is it a happy or unhappy ending?

Resources to explore with kids, friends, and/or family:

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. A teen novel for ages 12 and up, celebrating the strength, heartbreak, love, family, and friendships of four diverse girls.
  • I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl! (I'm a Girl! Collection) by Betty K. Bynum. This children’s book introduces us to Mia, who finds that “pretty” is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what the mirror shows.
  • HRE Daily article: Being a Black Professional Woman, documentary film featuring women discussing the challenge of working in mostly white offices and industries. 
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