Ideas for Group Discussions
Frederick, Rhonda D. “What If You’re an ’Incredibly Unattractive, Fat, Pastrylike-Fleshed Man’?: Teaching Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place.” College Literature 30 (Summer, 2003): 1-18. Presents a strategy for teaching literary interpretation tested on How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
Korda, Michael. “Black Authors Rarely Have Made the Best-Seller List.” The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education 34 (Winter, 2001): 128-130. Examines why most African American authors never make the best-seller list but Bill Cosby and Terry McMillan have.
Patrick, Diane. Terry McMillan: The Unauthorized Biography. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.
Richards, Paulette. Terry McMillan: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999. Examines McMillan’s life and novels, placing How Stella Got Her Groove Back in the context of African American storytelling, archetypal and universal concerns, and social criticism within a romance frame.
“Terry McMillan.” The Writer 114 (August, 2001): 66. McMillan explains why, when, where, and how she writes, what kind of ideas inspire her, and how she handles writer’s block.