Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina

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In Hijas Americanas, author Rosie Molinary sheds new light on what it means to grow up Latina. Drawing upon her own experiences, as well as interviews and surveys collected from more than 500 Latina women, Molinary provides a powerful understanding of the inner conflicts and powerful triumphs of Latinas.

The women profiled in this book are Caribbean, Mexican, Central American, and South American. These first-, second-, and third-generation Latinas have all grappled with the ...

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Overview

In Hijas Americanas, author Rosie Molinary sheds new light on what it means to grow up Latina. Drawing upon her own experiences, as well as interviews and surveys collected from more than 500 Latina women, Molinary provides a powerful understanding of the inner conflicts and powerful triumphs of Latinas.

The women profiled in this book are Caribbean, Mexican, Central American, and South American. These first-, second-, and third-generation Latinas have all grappled with the experience of coming of age within not one but two cultures — that of the United States, and that of their familial homelands.

Hijas Americanas addresses experiences that are uniquely female and Latin, focusing on themes of body image, standards of beauty, ethnic identity, and sexuality. In doing so, Molinary gives voice to the struggles and successes of Latinas across racial, sexual, and cultural identities, emphasizing that the challenges inherent in growing up between two cultures can positively shape Latinas' lives.

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Young Latinas grow up dealing with two, often conflicting, sets of expectations about how they should look, how they should act and how they should dream, points out Molinary, a poet, teacher and first-generation Latina born to Puerto-Rican parents, in this study. Drawing on the responses of more than 500 women who answered an extensive survey, Molinary lays out the most pressing tensions and obstacles for Latinas around issues like body image, religion and sexuality. In chapters titled "Turning Gringa" and "How Latina Are You?" she weaves together her own stories with the anecdotes of her survey respondents. The extensive quoting of other Latinas imbues the book with an honesty that will likely be appreciated by young readers. However, Molinary often overuses these voices, which drown the narrative structure. At its best, the book is a pastiche of honest and emotional insights that come together to reveal a shared experience. At its worst, it comes off like a sloppily prepared sociological report, with little storytelling finesse. Though more suited to skimming than reading straight through, the book is likely to be a source of comfort for many young Latinas. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051897
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 797,481
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Hijas Americanas y Single Latina

    This book was inspiring, educational and uplifting. As a first generation Latina this book touched on many issues that I could relate to. A must read. Also another book that goes hand in hand with this one is by D. L. Blanco's, Single Latina Female. This book goes a step forward by showing you firsthand what making friends with the "crazy" girlfriend can go really wrong.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    A must read for all latinas!!!

    Excellent, excellent book!! I highly recommend it to anyone who has an ounce of latin/hispanic blood in them. A very eye opening experience for me. I saw myself in a totally new and positive light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    A must read for every woman in America

    The only thing wrong with Ms. Molinari's book is that it ends! A fascinating view into a life you have either lead as a cultural 'minority' or had great curiosity about from the outside looking in. Rosie Molanari has a voice that rings true and clear......as does her message. This is a book to give every woman in your life.......and then start working on the list of men who would benefit from a cultural awakening!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    It's Every Woman

    Rosie Molinary takes her experience of growing up Puerto Rican in the South and makes it accessible to everyone, not just Latinas. This book is empowering, thoughtful, and most of all honest. Molinary manages to reach across racial barriers to share experiences that most all women have gone through in one way or another. By the time you reach the end, you'll want to spend more energy changing the world instead of trying to please everyone in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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