Mama's Girl by Veronica Chambers

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In a moving and candid memoir, a young African-American writer describes growing up in Brooklyn with her mother and little brother as a member of the post-Civil Rights generation, discussing her relationship with her mother and the hard times they faced.
 

About Veronica Chambers

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Veronica Chambers has held a Freedom Forum Fellowship at Columbia University.
 
Published June 18, 1996 by Riverhead Hardcover. 194 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But then Chambers's father decides to act on his dream to become ``the first famous black ventriloquist.'' He quits his job, is away for longer and longer periods of time, and finally abandons his wife and children.

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This involving biography, sympathetic but not sycophantic, presents Jesse Jackson as a deeply contrary American figure with ambitions personal and collective, transcendent and corporeal. White Sou

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This book is about the true life story of Veronica Chambers constantly trying to connect with her mother, and her going through terrible hardship with her father.

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This involving biography, sympathetic but not sycophantic, presents Jesse Jackson as a ""deeply contrary"" American figure with ambitions personal and collective, transcendent and corporeal.

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Entertainment Weekly

Veronica Chambers' rise from an underprivileged Brooklyn background to editorships at The New York Times and Glamour is remarkable, as is her spare, lilting prose style.

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Entertainment Weekly

But Veronica Chambers' rise — from an underprivileged Brooklyn background to editorships at The New York Times, Premiere, and Glamour — is remarkable, as is her spare, lilting writing style.

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If the author's mother, Cecilia, were more of a saint and this book simply documented how a poor black woman raised her daughter to be a successful professional, Mama's Girl wouldn't be half so moving.

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