Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real

Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real

by Mariana Atencio


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In this much-needed book, which is part self-help and part autobiography, award-winning correspondent Mariana Atencio digs into what makes each of us special and the ways in which we can become a force for good in a broken world.

As a bilingual correspondent for NBC News, Fusion TV, and Univision, Mariana holds a unique perspective—having immigrated from Venezuela to America as a young adult, having overcome challenges to graduate from Columbia University and eventually become a national news correspondent, and having seen firsthand the humanity that is ever so present in the midst of both adversity and opportunity.

Mariana’s story is the powerful, inspiring story of life in the United States as an immigrant. Yet it is at its core a human story. It is all of our stories, and it is a call to every man, woman, and child to unlock the magic of their potential and begin to thrive.

The media screens of today perpetuate stereotypes, but what would happen if instead of comparing ourselves and falling short, we compared ourselves and celebrated our uniqueness? What would happen if we believed in our worth and embraced what makes us different? And what if we truly saw those around us as neighbors and not merely adversaries to our particular group or station?

The days of doubt and division must end. It starts with authenticity, persistence, and understanding what truly makes you special.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785228387
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 557,449
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mariana Atencio is a journalist, TED speaker, influencer, and award-winning news personality covering domestic and international assignments, breaking news, and special reports. As a first-generation Latina who fled violence and oppression in her native Venezuela, she crossed over from Spanish- to English-language television. Known for her tenacious reporting, she has been named one of the top young voices in American newsrooms, and her awards include the Peabody Award for Investigative Journalism, the Gracie Award, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists “Latino Issues” Award.

Table of Contents

Foreword Maria Elena Salinas xi

Introduction xv

1 Count to One Hundred 1

2 My Happy Place 10

3 "Please Don't Look Too Latina" 29

4 A Human Bridge 50

5 Freedom Is Never Free 61

6 Mariana the Journalist 77

7 The Yes Attitude 91

8 Riding the Wave and Crashing 115

9 Paddling Through Happiness 134

10 A World of Separation 150

11 A Million Likes for You 171

12 Losing My Dad and My Country 185

13 Shelter from the Storm 201

14 Breaking the Mold 216

Epilogue 225

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 237

About the Author 243

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