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Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

by Maria Hinojosa

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NPR’s Best Books of 2020
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Boston.com readers voted one of Best Books of 2020

“Anyone striving to understand and improve this country should read her story.” —Gloria Steinem, author of My Life on the Road

The Emmy Award–winning journalist and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA tells the story of immigration in America through her family’s experiences and decades of reporting, painting an unflinching portrait of a country in crisis in this memoir that is “quite simply beautiful, written in Maria Hinojosa’s honest, passionate voice” (BookPage).

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who, for nearly thirty years, has reported on stories and communities in America that often go ignored by the mainstream media—from tales of hope in the South Bronx to the unseen victims of the War on Terror and the first detention camps in the US. Bestselling author Julia Álvarez has called her “one of the most important, respected, and beloved cultural leaders in the Latinx community.”

In Once I Was You, Maria shares her intimate experience growing up Mexican American on the South Side of Chicago. She offers a personal and illuminating account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also sanctioned willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today.

An urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all, this honest and heartrending memoir paints a vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth.

Also available in Spanish as Una vez fui tú.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982128654
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 78,486
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Maria Hinojosa’s nearly thirty-year career as a journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WGBH, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring and executive producing the Peabody Award–winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC, and has won several awards, including four Emmys, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club. In 2010, she founded Futuro Media, an independent nonprofit organization with the mission of producing multimedia content from a POC perspective. Through the breadth of her work and as the founding coanchor of the political podcast In the Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. She lives with her family in Harlem in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Letter to the Girl at McAllen Airport 1

1 Land of False Promises 7

2 How I Became American 24

3 Is This What Democracy Looks Like? 35

4 Nowhere to Hide 43

5 Embracing a New Identity 68

6 Finding My Voice 85

7 You Can Take Care of Me a Little 111

8 A Taste of the Action 135

9 Working Mother 159

10 The End of the World Will Be Televised 173

11 Confrontations 183

12 Citizen Journalist 200

13 The New Power of "INMIGRANTE" 219

14 What I Cannot Unsee 250

15 Trauma Inherited 270

16 Owning My Voice 281

17 Illegal is Not a Noun 288

18 The Power of Standing in the Light 295

Acknowledgments 311

Notes 318

Index 331

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