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

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

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.

Title:Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina
Edition Language:English

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  • Abby?Books

    I don't hate it but I don't love it either it eh okay could have being better ...

  • Angela

    Hijas Americanas presents the results of the author's survey of hundreds of Latina women about straddling US and their various Latina cultural backgrounds, from how ethnicity informed their relationsh...

  • Jennifer Jacobs

    A wonderful book by a Borricua(Puerto Rican) gurl about the Latina experience!!I luv every single page of this book so far!Based on her own experience of being a Latina in a sea of blonde gurls styled...

  • John Gurney

    Explores women growing up Latina, based on an in-depth survey, Growing Up Latina [the extensive questionnaire is shown in an appendix]. The book is a little longer than necesssary since the author oft...

  • Laura

    I can't even come close to an objective review of this book. There's something really wonderful about reading a book by someone you know and deeply admire. Although I couldn't directly relate to many ...

  • Amanda

    I wanted to read this to perhaps give me more insight into my Latina students, but it was aimed much more for 20- to 3--somethings. That said, the book was thoughtful and organized about stereotypes a...

  • Sally

    The thing that's great about this book is that it is based on the experiences of young Latinas in the U.S. The concern for this particular demographic has been getting a lot of attention lately, and I...

  • Sarah

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book - the subject matter was really important and the author blends her lived experiences well with the experiences of other Latinas in her study. This book has deepene...

  • Emily Dahl

    i've been meaning to read this book for awhile, and i finally picked it up from the library. While I enjoyed reading about these women and their stories, I was looking for something that dug a little ...

  • This collection of interviews helps to highlight the struggles of Latinas growing up in the US, but it speaks to the broader category of all biracial/bicultural women. Many of the conversations on int...