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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.

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Veronica Chambers, who is currently a contributing editor at "Glamour", looks back on the relationship she had with her mother, growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, and shares some important truths about what we all really want from our mothers--and what we can give them in return.

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In 1970s Brooklyn, Veronica Chambers strove to excel in everything from double-dutch jump rope to her studies — but her mother, a hardworking Panamanian immigrant, was too often overwhelmed by the task of singlehandedly raising Veronica and her troubled younger brother 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.

Now, as a successful young woman who's achieved more than her mother dared hope for her, Veronica looks back on their relationship and shares some important truths about what we all really want from our mothers — and what we can give in return.

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Eneami, April 13, 2009 (view all comments by Eneami)
I think Mama’s Girl is a phenomenal novel. Immediately in the novel we are presented with Veronica who is this young vibrant girl full of spunk and life. Veronica is out to win the affection of her mother. There are many lessons in this book that I believe are invaluable to young girls of all races and socio-economic backgrounds. This book is encouraging, seeing all the obstacles and the unfortunate home-life of Veronica; she overcame it all to become a successful editor working at The New York Times.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573225991
Author:
Chambers, Veronica
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Sociologists
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Brooklyn
Subject:
Panamanian Americans
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
vol. 2
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.04x5.16x.59 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 208 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573225991 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Veronica Chambers, who is currently a contributing editor at "Glamour", looks back on the relationship she had with her mother, growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s, and shares some important truths about what we all really want from our mothers--and what we can give them in return.
"Synopsis" by , In 1970s Brooklyn, Veronica Chambers strove to excel in everything from double-dutch jump rope to her studies — but her mother, a hardworking Panamanian immigrant, was too often overwhelmed by the task of singlehandedly raising Veronica and her troubled younger brother 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.

Now, as a successful young woman who's achieved more than her mother dared hope for her, Veronica looks back on their relationship and shares some important truths about what we all really want from our mothers — and what we can give in return.

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