Mama's Girl

Mama's Girl

by Veronica Chambers
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Mama's Girl by Veronica Chambers

On the streets of Brooklyn in the 1970s, Veronica Chambers mastered the whirling helixes of a double-dutch jump rope with the same finesse she brought to her schoolwork, her often troubled family life, and the demands of being overachieving and underprivileged. Her mother—a Panamanian immigrant—was too often overwhelmed by the task of raising Veronica and her difficult younger brother on her meager secretary's salary to applaud her daughter's achievements. From an early age, Veronica understood that the best she could do for her mother was to be a perfect child—to rewrite her Christmas wish lists to her mother's budget, to look after her brother, to get by on her own.

Though her mother seemed to bear out the adage that "black women raise their daughters and mother their sons," Veronica never stopped trying to do more, do better, do it all. And now, as a successful young woman who's achieved more than her mother dared hope for her, she looks back on their mother-daughter bond. The critically acclaimed Mama's Girl is a moving, startlingly honest memoir, in which Chambers shares some important truths about what we all really want from our mothers—and what we can give in return.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573225991
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 513,931
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Veronica Chambers is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir Mama's Girl. She coauthored the award-winning memoir Yes, Chef with chef Marcus Samuelsson, as well as Samuelsson's young-adult memoir Make It Messy, and has collaborated on four New York Times bestsellers, most recently 32 Yolks, which she cowrote with chef Eric Ripert. She has been a senior editor at the New York Times MagazineNewsweek, and Glamour. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, she writes often about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish, but she is truly fluent in Spanglish. She is currently a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University. Her upcoming novel is The Go-Between.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mama's Girl was a book that i loved so much. A lot of the things that are going on in this book people can really relate to. This book got me to thinking 'Am I really making the right choice.' When I was reading this book I found out the hard times Veronica went through. I now am very thankful for my close relationship with my mama (although she does pry into my business).
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I read MAMA'S GIRL years ago, I recommended it to all my female cousins. And any woman who would listen. Most of them read and raved about this book. Some sections evoke powerful emotions, as Ms. Chambers depicts an extremely difficult home environment. The story of Ms. Chambers' struggle to get a college education is an inspiration to ALL young women. In addition, MAMA's GIRL would contribute to lively classroom/book club discussions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really amazing book. It is about a young girl who grows up without her parents support. She goes through her teen years arguing with her mother more, her father beating her, etc... This was a great book that i would recomend to others
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lively, poetic--very well done. Wonderful insights into the lives of Black women in the US across three generations. Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book now. I never thought of being a magazine editor until I read this book! It will bring tears to oyur eyes to see how hard Ms. Chambers life has been. I realy recomend this book to anyone!!!