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One of HelloGiggles' "50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019"

From the editor of the bestselling anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a celebration of one of the greatest stars of our time

The Ultimate Beyonce Collectible

Beyoncé. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, and romance. Her performances are
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is a collection of essays from various people in the publishing, music, and entertainment industries. Each essay discusses Beyoncés impact, whether in the music industry or for social causes; her elevation of what makes a performance outstanding; her relentless pursuit of perfection, outdoing herself time and time again; her evolution as an artist; her embrace of culture; and of course, her relationship with Jay-Z.

Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-netgalley
*** 2 Stars ***
Expected Publication Date: March 5, 2019

I absolutely love Beyonce. I've grown up with her and followed her throughout the years. I still remember when I had to have a House of Dereon sweatshirt with fur hood. Unfortunately this book wasn't what I expected. I wanted this to be a biography about Beyonce but instead each chapter is an essay by a different author about how Beyonce influenced their life. I didn't know who a single author was so I didn't relate much. The stories had me
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
Beyoncé Giselle of House Knowles. First of her name. Snatcher of Edges. Killer of Stages. Citizen of Creole Wonderland. Legendary Black Girl. Queen."

4 stars. This was not only an ode to Beyoncé but to blackness and what it means to be black as well. Its an interesting look at her career and her impact in music. As a huge Bey fan since the 90s, I enjoyed it thoroughly and I enjoyed a lot of the essays in this. Some of them felt out of place a bit but for the most part they were good. Some were
Kayle Barnes
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I was late to being a Beyoncé fan, but I got here as fast as I could (2013 eponymous "Beyoncé" album.

This is book is for:
* Anyone who (still) wonders (in the year of our Lord) why Beyoncé means so much to so many different people
*Beyhive members who want cultural critics to back up their devotion to Queen/King Bey
*Anyone needing/wanting a book to complement Beyoncé's latest cultural offerings ("Homecoming" on Netflix, "Lemonade" being available on streaming services, her Adidas drop and more

Ashley Adams
This book seriously surpassed my expectations. A collection of essays by intelligent people, this is not simply a love letter to Beyonce. It analyzes aspects of her music/dance/fashion/art through ethnic/gender/political lens. Eye-opening, empowering, and inspiring.
Feb 26, 2019 added it
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I really enjoyed reading this essay collection on Queen Bey, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. It was a fun, easy read. Some essays stuck out more than others. The essays aren't so much about Beyoncé as they are about her impact on culture, art, and individuals. The essays that stuck out to me the most were by Lena Waithe, Brittney Cooper, Robin Boylorn and Kid Fury. This would make for a good beach read or for alternating through reading the essays with another, heavier read like I did.

Thanks to
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
We all worship Bey, so it was more than wonderful to find a book of essays celebrating her music, feminism, Southern roots, representing people of color, being an ally to the LGBTQ community, etc. Several perspectives stood out the most - "What Might A Black Girl Be In This World?", "The Elevator", "The Art of Being Beyonce", and "King Bey", to name a few. Each essay is under several pages long, making the book a breeze to read. And the variety of voices shine through, so none of them feel ...more
Donna Hines
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Whether you love or hate her you must respect her.
Queen Bey is at the top of her game but she didn't just fall upon her success she earned it .
Haters come and haters go but her truly devoted fans will never leave her side.
They love what she stands for, how she unites them, how she encourages them to move forward beyond the division we are all now experiencing.
She is truly a beautiful person inside and out and for many they simply want others to see all her sides evenly and not through filtered
Walker Iversen
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely and personal collection of very digestible essays from a variety of contributors. From Lena Waithe and Melissa Harris Perry to a YouTuber and a choreographer, the essays are all testimonies to Beyoncé or an aspect of her life and career that has profoundly affected each author. It was refreshing to hear Beyoncés legacy discussed and even critiqued so candidly, but all in recognition of her undeniable importance. ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cbr11
An engaging and entertaining collection of essays that celebrate and interrogate Beyoncé's cultural legacy. I really appreciated the discussion on Lemonade and look forward to downloading the Lemonade syllabus.
Cristie Underwood
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This biography was well researched and contained a lot of information that I hadnt previously read in other books. The authors attention to detail is evident in the writing. Highly recommend! ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you didn't guess from my picture, I'm a full fledged member of Beyoncé Anonymous. This is an organization for people who are not just fans, but who are addicted to Queen Bey in unhealthy, alert your next of kin kind of way. So, yeah, you might say this book could have been two hundred pages of "Bleb, bleb, bleb, go f*** yourself" and I still would have liked it. So, feel free to grade me on a Bey Curve if you don't trust my opinion. On the other hand, I have been known to tell he occasional ...more
LaTonya Roberts (IG:RemindMeToRead)
I enjoyed this book a lot, but it didn't maintain that joy for me all throughout. I consider myself a Beyonce fan apart of the BeyHive, but because of how this book is put together and written, I got bored at times. It is a collection of essays from people who love and appreciate Beyonce's career. These are people who never met her, met her, worked with her, etc. It's an abundance of voices. But many of the essays read like a dissertation. I felt I was in a class for The Study of Beyonce. Many ...more
I wish I had taken a moment and wrote my review right after reading this book because I can't recall the specific lines that made me wish that I had not purchased this title.

For the most part, I did not like this "celebration" of Beyoncé. The book begins with a comment about colorism that literally stopped me. I had to reread the line and look up the author. I was disturbed, but continued on. I enjoyed Lena Waithe's contribution. I actually picked up the book because it was mentioned on Kid
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got an ADC from Netgalley for review.

Let me say to start off, I am not a member of the Beyhive. I didn't take Beyonce seriously as an artist until she released Lemonade. Prior to that, I wrote her off as some sort of pop creation/confection. Possibly because I am so much older, she didn't speak to me as she does the 90s babies that are all stan all the time.

I picked this up in an attempt to understand why she generated such breathless devotion from the younguns. I certainly understand a lot
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like all the other celebrity books I've read. I'm not going to provide insight of the book, but I will provide a general idea of what this book is about and how I feel about the book's context.

The book is definitely an eye opener. Not to the industry, but to how a celebrity has to conduct their job. With that known, the book's context is literally what is against my morals and values. I was very appalled to what I was reading and what was put into the book. I was completely shocked
Lisette Diamant
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
An incredibly fast read. I enjoyed the biographical nature of this book and flipped the pages quite rapidly. Could almost feel the music of Bey & Destinys Child pulsing as the book came to life. It chronicles tidbits of Beyoncés life with excerpts from different authors, yet has the same overall voice - many thanks to Veronica Chambers editing job. I enjoyed the diverse views and subjects covered on Queen Bey, a few times I stumbled on following because tangents of other famous artists and ...more
Rosa Sealy
I love Beyoncé as much as every other Brown Skin Girl but I was hesitant to read this book. This is not a biography but love letters from established, semi-famous professionals. Its not all praise and worship - a few speak of their falling out, call her out on her half hearted feminism, and outgrown her music at times. Mostly it speaks of their interpretation of her songs, videos and concerts. A bit repetitive, how could you not mention Beychella or Lemonade?

Overall I enjoyed the book because
Sherry Scheline
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying I LOVE BEYONCE!!!!

Some of the things that stuck out to me...
The author talks about Michael Jackson and refers to him as pure. Im just not sure in this time frame of life with Netflix airing Leaving Neverland that using the word pure is appropriate. The next chapter that follows is JayZ. It was overall just poor timing.

This book is wonderful for super fans. It is a wonderful glimpse into the public and private lives of Beyoncé and Jay-z.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from a giveaway from Goodreads. I loved the interesting takes from each of the authors in this essay compilation and no opinion was the same. It was like looking in a kaleidoscope of who Beyonce is and I think that it was a very good idea to portray her in this light. If you want a fan of Beyonce who at least understand more of why people are fans or get to know her better even if not exactly in her own words.
Michael Miranda
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's rare that an anthology has a great mix of perspectives and criticism, but Chambers edited a wonderful collection here. With essays from journalists, professors, and YouTube personalities, the point that Beyoncé's career is a tour de force, rather you're a fan of her or not, is clearly made. Every essayist pinpoints reasons beyond her musical performance: creativity, activism, feminist symbol, and Beyonce's role as a human being. Overall, an impressive book that surprises.
Terri Layton
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
It's an alright book. If you are a fan you will love it. As for me personally nothing made me step back and say this is why she is who she is. The only part of the book that I found great was when it got into the elevator situation. I felt as if so many women could relate to this very uncomfortable situation. If you are a fan you will love it!
Ambrosia Walker
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would give this Anthology a five star, but I really am interested in Beyonce the Biography. So I gues Ill have to wait on that. Noted essayist worth remembering: Maria Brito, Lena Waithe, Veronica Chambers herself, Mankaprn, Ms. Storm , Reshma Saujani. I could name more but you will find them for yourself. Great influences!
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Some of the essays are distinctly better than others, so the book was kind of a mixed bag for me. I particularly liked when the authors delved into how particular artwork has influenced Beyonce's videos, Instagram, and overall aesthetic.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, vpl, meh
This book is less about Beyoncé and more about different authors' personal lives and how Beyoncé affected them. Not a Beyoncé biography (as I was hoping it to be) :/ Should have judged this book by its cover
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The book was well composed but I think youd have to be a super Beyoncé fan to enjoy this book and unfortunately I am not. It was a good way to let Beyoncé fans share an essay about why she is amazing but just wasnt for me. ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely, lively essays by Michael Eric Dyson, Melissa Harris-Perry and many others who bear witness to Beyonce's talent, determination and tremendous influence upon black women of all ages. Insightful and fun.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a Beyoncé stan, I loved this collection! It was interesting to hear other members of the BeyHive tell stories about what Beyonce means to them. I also liked that some critics were included because even they in the end come to know and love the power of Queen Bey! Cute read.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I thought this book would be more insight into her life, it was actually essays written by different people about her achievements and resonance. Good book, but it wasn't what I expected.
Jennifer Wrage
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
FYI: I won this book at
A whole book dedicated to telling me how great Beyonce is? Okay. She's great. Enough said.
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