Mama's Girl

Riverhead. 1997. pap. $15. ISBN 9781573225991.
Growing up in the 1970s in a home plagued by violence, divorce, and double standards, the award-winning author (who wrote this memoir in her 20s) struggled to exceed low expectations and a fraught relationship with her mother. Chambers, who is of Panamanian descent, takes an honest look at the trials that she and her family had to face in the United States. A title that will resonate with many teens.

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