Recommended reading: 'Once I Was You' by Maria Hinojosa

Heart-felt, deeply informative and stirring, “Once I Was You” is a masterclass in the art of the memoir.

"Once I Was You" by Maria Hinojosa

In this memoir, Emmy-award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa charts her family’s experience as Mexican immigrants in the U.S. and her eventual career covering untold stories of the marginalized for NPR, PBS, CNN and more.

Readers are invited behind the scenes of Hinojosa’s path to being the first Latina at NPR headquarters to finding her voice in the white-male-dominated, mainstream media, and the launch of Futuro Media Group.

She delivers facts with heart, mixing a history lesson of America’s immigration policy and anti-immigration rhetoric along with her personal history of near detention as an infant at the Mexican border to her growing up on the South Side of Chicago to covering Sept. 11 and her global travels reporting Latinx news.

Hinojosa exhibits her mastery of storytelling, diving deeper into her struggles with identity, her sexual assault as a teenager, her imposter syndrome, her relationship with her husband and children and more.


Heart-felt, deeply informative and stirring, “Once I Was You” is a masterclass in the art of the memoir.

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

Author: Maria Hinojosa

Publisher: Atria Books

Pages: 352

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Melinda Lavine is an award-winning, multidisciplinary journalist with 16 years professional experience. She joined the Duluth News Tribune in 2014, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving north to do the same at the DNT.

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