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MA-MA

by Ralph M. McMillan

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Overview

Sea turtles hatch and run to the sea. A mama sea turtle retrieves a not so normal baby turtle from the sea. She travels back to the marshlands for her baby's safety. What must she do?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640798946
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2017
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Mama 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
pinkcrayon99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The very first time I heard about Terry McMillan¿s debut novel, Mama, was in my African-American literature class in college. The book was not on our reading list but McMillan¿s name came up in a discussion where the professor stated that Mama was some her best writing. I held that statement in the back of my mind for years. After reading Getting to Happy, McMillan¿s latest novel, I decided to read Mama. The story is being told by Mildred the matriarch of the Peacock family and the main character of the novel. The peacock family consists of four girls and one boy: Freda, Bootsey, Angel, Doll and Money (the son). Mildred¿s husband name is Crook and he is nothing but a drunken womanizer who beats her. Mildred has this fierce love for her children but it never comes through as affection. She has this do as I say, but not as I do type way of raising her children. We come to realize that Mildred cannot display anything she has never received. Mildred marries two times after her and Crook¿s divorce but it is always for the wrong reasons and never lasts. What makes Mildred¿s quest for love so ironic is that she knew her father, Buster, loved and favored her. Of the children we see the most promise in the oldest, Freda. Freda was always the caretaker when Mildred fell short even for Mildred herself when her drinking and mind got the best of her for a season. Money because he never really had a father figure in his life turned to a life of crime and drugs. Bootsey, Angel, and Doll all grew up married and had children and problems of their own. Freda too was plagued by drugs and alcoholism but was determined to persevere. Mildred also daily turned to the bottle to wash away her problems. This was a novel about family. A family with their own unique problems and how they depended on and were there for each other during the hard times. Mildred did not always get it right but she always had a connection to her children. Mildred came across as your stereotypical angry black woman throughout the entire novel. McMillan never really ¿redeemed¿ her in my opinion. There was also a flow to this novel you never got stuck. The chronological order of this story was simply amazing. One quality that reins true of all of McMillan¿s novels is that they are all ¿true¿ stories that we can relate to.
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I read this book back in 1993, during a time when urban literature was scarce. It was a good read and it taught my teenage self the harsh reality of life as a single mother. Reading it again will be like revisiting an old friend. Terry get out of that writer's block funk and give us another masterpiece. Black literature these days lack substance and its all the same plot.
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jwikp More than 1 year ago
This book held me to the end. It is one that speaks to all women. It's a book that lets you understand why we are strong women. We listen,respect,and stay strong in our journey of leaving childhood and becoming woman. Through the hurt and the joy. The respect we give to mama,friend andmost important self. It give learning information of the heart.
AngelEyezAR More than 1 year ago
The book was outstanding and I would recommend this book to everyone. It is very informative and inspirational. If you are a single mother going through alot in an having to it all yourself. Go and pick the book and read. It is a huge eye opener
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cali_sunshine More than 1 year ago
I read this book but it was a hard read...maybe it was just too real. I completely understand working hard and never getting a break because that's life for some. I would feel more about this book if it were a biography because there would be a reason to read about this hard life. We read biographies to know about that person and have no real expectation of "getting a break", or a happy or enlightened ending. But for fiction I just would have liked for something good to happen to Mama. Not my favorite book by Terry M. but did encourage me to read more of her writing to see what she expressed in her next book...this was my 1st TM book read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of a single mom is good and i can feel her pain. But, the way she never got a break in life. and how the heart ache and pain she went through was alot for one to bare and i wished she had gotten a break somewhere in the middle of the book and not at the end after her father died. but inspite that it is a very good way of looking into a black families life to see how it was in those days for women especially black women and tring to take care of 5 babies. i know i got 4.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I read it in just 3 days its a really great story about survival as a single mom although Mama went through her share of husbands. It didn't make sense how Freda grew up to be so smart and stupid at the same time though but at least she improved. I liked the ending but it wasn't all what I expected but the book is a page-turner that will have you laughing and feeling sad sometimes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book 8 years ago, and I thought that the words she said was true for some woman. Terry made woman feel good and confident about theirselves on how they was taking care of their children. Now that I am back in college and have 6 children this book will be a good book report because this book is a good inspiration to me in my life right now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I initially read this book a few years ago. Mama was a piece of work. I couldn't wait to read further to find out was going to happen next. The book was a real page turner (for me). Enjoyed every page!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
N-E BODY WHO DOESN'T LIKE THIS BOOK IS CRAZY!!!!TERRY KEEPS IT REAL. SHE IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS OUT THERE AND SHE HAS INSPIRED ME DEEPLY. MAMA WAS THE BOMB DIGGITY!!!!BIG UPS TO TERRY!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i hated this book. i actually stopped reading it. Ihated that everthing nerver turned out how i wanted it too. I also hated how terry mcmilloan jumbed from setting to setting. i guess you could say this wasn't my cup of tea
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mama is by far one of the most incredible books I have ever read. It opened up my mind to see what my mother really goes through. Terry makes you feel is if you are apart of the novel, especially when Freda smacks her mother. I would recommene this book to any one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the bomb. I like to read but some books make me want to stop. This was an extremely good book. Had me from the time I pick it up from the book shelf. I was sort of mad when the book was over but I just picked up another book by this incredible author, she never lets me down. GREAT JOB TERRI!
Guest More than 1 year ago
TERRY TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. PEOPLE TEND TO SUGAR COAT THINGS. BUT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did audio instead of reading; I thought this was a great book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me say, 'you gotta lot a nerves' and it even made me say, 'that's what you get'. It ought to be a Movie! With Jenifer Lewis playin' mama and Kimberly Elise as the grown-up Freda.
Guest More than 1 year ago
terry mac millian makes people want to start reading. Mama was my first novel that i ever picked up and took the time to read.. terry macmillian inspired me to start reading more books written by other africian americian writters. A book like mama would make younger people like me wanting to read books..mama was and extroidinary book and i hope terry comes out with a series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of your books.Theymade me cry,laugh,and mad.It made me feel like I was actaully there!!! I LOVED IT.I hope u make a movie about Mama.....