Veronica Chambers

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Veronica Chambers
Veronica Chambers reading at the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival
Veronica Chambers reading at the 2017 Gaithersburg Book Festival
Notable awards2013 James Beard Award for Writing and Literature

Veronica Chambers is an Afro-Latina writer who was born in Panama.[1] She edited the 2017 collection of essays on Michelle Obama, The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own,[2] and co-wrote Marcus Samuelsson's 2012 memoir Yes, Chef,[3] which became a New York Times best-seller[4] and won the 2013 James Beard Award for Writing and Literature.[5] Chambers' own memoir Mama's Girl was published in 1996 with Riverhead; reviewing the book in the Los Angeles Times, Michelle Huneven described it as the account of "a black Caribbean immigrant family whose daily life is fraught with financial hardship, leavened with the comradeship of spirited, Spanish-speaking black women, and disrupted by harrowing and violent domestic warfare."[6]

Chambers is a 2017 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.[7]

List of works[edit]

This is a list of works by Veronica Chambers.[8]


  • Mama's Girl (1997)
  • Having It All?: Black Women and Success (2003)
  • The Joy of Doing Things Badly: A Girl's Guide to Love, Life and Foolish Bravery (2006)
  • Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation (2007)


  • When Did You Stop Loving Me (2004)
  • Miss Black America (2005)
  • The Go-Between (2017)

As editor

  • The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own (2017)
  • Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (2018)

For younger readers

  • The Harlem Renaissance (1995)
  • Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom (1998; illustrated by Paul Lee)
  • Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood (2001)
  • Quinceanera Means Sweet Fifteen (2001)
  • Double Dutch: A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood (2002; illustrated by Tonya Lewis Lee)
  • Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa (2005; illustrated by Julie Maren)
  • Plus (2010)
  • The Amigas series: Fifteen Candles (2010); Lights, Camera, Quince! (2010); She's Got Game (2010); Playing for Keeps (2011); A Formal Affair (2011); Point Me to Tomorrow (2011)
  • Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice (2018)


  1. ^ Tallet, Olivia P. (January 20, 2017). "'The Meaning of Michelle'". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ Garner, Dwight (5 January 2017). "Review: 'The Meaning of Michelle,' a First Lady Unlike Any Other". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ Shulman, Robin (28 September 2012). "YES, CHEF A Memoir By Marcus Samuelsson". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Best Sellers: Combined Hardcover & Paperback Nonfiction: Sunday, July 15th 2012". The New York Times. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Winners: 2013 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards". Eater. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  6. ^ Huneven, Michelle (26 August 1996). "A Golden Child Who Finally Captured Her Mother's Love : MAMA'S GIRL, by Veronica Chambers (Riverhead; $22.95, 194 pages)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Veronica Chambers". John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford. Stanford University. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  8. ^ "". Retrieved March 26, 2018.