Monday, August 22, 2016

George E. Curry (February 23, 1947 – August 20, 2016)

George Curry(right) pictured with fellow Knoxville College alums, the late Vernon Jarrett and veteran newswoman Barbara Rodgers (photo taken in 2002 at the NABJ Convention, courtesy of Barbara Rodgers)

George Curry, journalist, publisher and civil rights activist died Saturday, August 20, of heart failure.  
Curry was editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine in the '90s and was in the process of raising funds to relaunch Emerge in digital format.  Curry was the first African-American elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Curry was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and graduated from Knoxville College in Tennessee.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

"I Almost Forgot About You" by Terry McMillan

One thing I can never forget is my very first Terry McMillan novel.  It was "Disappearing Acts."  Who could forget Zora and Franklin?

I really feel like I've "come of age" both literally and figuratively with her novels.

And while I'm a woman of a certain age, I really don't think you have to be an particular age, or a woman, to appreciate the way she tells a story.

There's something that's so comfortable, while remaining literary, about her books that make you keep coming back for more.

It's obvious that the author does her homework in detail and her descriptions of the San Francisco Bay Area make you feel like you're walking the streets and driving the hills right alongside "Georgia," the lead character.

No doubt about it.  Terry McMillan just gets better with time.  And so does her writing.

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile. 
Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan.  ("I Almost Forgot About You" From Penguin RandomHouse)