Books by Veronica Chambers

VERONICA CHAMBERS is the author of Having It All? and Mama’s Girl. She was formerly a culture writer for Newsweek, a staff writer at Premiere magazine, and an executive editor of Savoy magazine, as well as a frequent contributor to Glamour; O, The Oprah M

Released: June 9, 2015

"Now a world-renowned chef, Samuelsson neatly serves up inspiration and food for thought for the many young people interested in cooking. (Memoir. 12-16)"
Based on Yes, Chef (2012), a memoir for adults, this young readers' version offers insights into the life and food of one of America's top chefs.Read full book review >
Released: April 22, 2014

"At-times inspirational memoir about a journalist's battle with a grave disease she had to face while also dealing with her mother's passing."
With the assistance of Chambers (co-author; Yes, Chef, 2012, etc.), broadcaster Roberts (From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By, 2008) chronicles her struggles with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare condition that affects blood and bone marrow. Read full book review >
Released: May 11, 2010

"A frivolous but charming story that accurately presents the antics, motivations and dreams of a very small sector of the diverse Latino juvenile population in South Florida, one that adores pop culture and fashion icons but at the same time remains respectful of conventional family values and traditions—just right as the opener for this Spanish-accented chick-lit series. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A guilty-pleasure page-turner introduces a wealthy and spoiled Cuban-American teenager, Alicia Cruz, 15, whose passion to start her own business will take her and her closest friends, Carmen, Jamie and Gaz, on a roller coaster when she decides to organize Sarita's quinceañera party. Read full book review >
PLUS by Veronica Chambers
Released: April 1, 2009

"Still, Bee's rollicking, name-brand-laden story is fizzy and funny, dissolving like cotton candy but enjoyable along the way. (Fiction. YA)"
This frothy fashion fancy keeps the pages turning despite much implausibility. Read full book review >
CELIA CRUZ by Veronica Chambers
Released: June 1, 2005

This heartfelt biography celebrates the life of Cuban singer Celia Cruz from her childhood in Havana to her international fame as the Queen of Salsa. Read full book review >
WHEN DID YOU STOP LOVING ME? by Veronica Chambers
Released: June 1, 2004

"Too sketchy for a portrait, too intricate for a sketch: Chambers gives us a good glimpse of the inner life of a talented girl making her way in the world, but she shows us too little of the world itself to make us feel the true drama of the rise."
A lugubrious coming-of-ager by critic and journalist Chambers (Having It All, 2003, etc.) about a young black girl's lonely life with her father. Read full book review >
HAVING IT ALL? by Veronica Chambers
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"A fine appraisal of the women in the growing African-American middle and upper classes."
An absorbing look at the Clair Huxtables of the world. Read full book review >
QUINCEAÑERA MEANS SWEET 15 by Veronica Chambers
Released: March 1, 2001

"Young female readers will marvel at the details of Marisol's quinceañera and will cheer Marisol on, as her special evening becomes a fairy tale come true. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this stand-alone sequel to Marisol & Magdalena (not reviewed), Marisol has returned from her sojourn to Panama City and is once again inseparable from her best friend, Magda. Read full book review >
MARISOL AND MAGDELENA by Veronica Chambers
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

A Brooklyn teenager's summer plans take an unwelcome turn when her mother sends her away for a year in this chatty, fluent tale, a real change of pace from Chambers's angry, brutal memoir, Mama's Girl (1996). Read full book review >
ARMISTAD RISING by Veronica Chambers
Released: March 1, 1998

"The hopeful outcome is succinctly communicated by the closing page's illustration of empty, open shackles. (Picture book. 8-11)"
If oceans could talk and shores could speak, according to Chambers, they would tell a story of Joseph CinquÇ and his freedom fight aboard the Spanish slave ship Amistad. Read full book review >
MAMA'S GIRL by Veronica Chambers
Released: June 18, 1996

An absorbing, often perturbing chronicle of a young African- American woman's coming of age. Read full book review >