Books

As a child, you felt comfortable in your skin.  Your body was an instrument, an extension of your wholly unique mind and soul.  You used it to take you where you were going, to express what you felt, to get things done.  The world, for you, was hopeful and certainly not limited by the way you looked.  But then, somewhere on the way to adulthood, something shifted.  Your sense of your own brilliance faded. Your understanding of your own beauty dimmed.  Your faith in your radiance wavered.  Maybe it was the media that overwhelmed you.  With instand access to information, with thousands of images shot at you every day, maybe your digested and internalized too much of the scrutiny.  Maybe it was an unintended slight that stung you or a comment that someone delivered flippantly that you have held onto forever.  Maybe it was not being chosen for this or being ignored by them, maybe it was a loss so significant that it still seems like your soul is empty from it.  Maybe it was the way your body matured into adulthood that felt like a betrayal, or the way that it didn’t.  Whatever it may have been that stole away your understanding of your inner and outer brilliance, Beautiful You is the book that will help you get that feeling back.

In October 2010, Seal Press will publish Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance.  In Beautiful You, readers discover 365 ways to shore up their confidence, encourage self-awareness, and get reacquainted with their beautiful, brilliant selves.  Drawing on self-awareness, mind-body, and practical techniques, Beautiful You is an action plan to give women what they need to champion and fully live their own lives, coaching them into the most extraordinary- and necessary- habit of treating their whole selves well.  Part personal essay, part action and empowerment guide, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance is a practical and inspirational tool for realizing a healthy self-image through championing one’s own emotional and physical well-being.   

 
 
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 In June 2007, Seal Press published Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina.  Showcasing self-actualization, body image, and beauty perception among Latina woman in a United States very different from their families’ native cultures, Hijas Americanas provides a provocative account of the inner struggles and triumpls of Latin-American women as we are forced to reconcile two realities: that beauty, identity, and womanhood within our homes are largely defined by our ethnic culture and parents’ upbringings, while beauty, identity, and womanhood outside our homes are defined by American culture- often presenting us with two very different stanards.  The book features the voices of hundreds of women who grew up in the United States and navigated issues of gender, image, and sexuality.  This empathetic ethnogrpahy offers a protrait of the young Latina experience, detailing how growing up American and Latina Affects who one becomes and how she gets there.    

   

Molinary has also contributed work to the following books:

Voces Latinas, Townsend Press, 2010. 
Body Language, Black Moss Press, 2003. 
Coloring Book, Rattlecat Press, 2003.  
Telling Tongues, Calaca/ Red Salmon Press, 2007.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Waking Up American, Seal Press, 2005. 
Wishing You Well, Loyola Press, 2005.

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carly Orlando  |  May 10, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Rosie…this is awesome. So impressive. I can’t wait for the book!

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  • 2. Emmanuel J. Morales Butler  |  September 5, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Rossie is Emmanuel. I’m really proud of you. Take care.

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  • 3. PATRICIA TALAVERA  |  July 16, 2008 at 9:34 am

    My whole life I felt like I was the “other” as well. Not spanish enough ,but not white. Somwhere caught inthe middle of what I should be, what others thought I was and what I am. As I read your book I found myself saying wow, I have finally come to feel comfortable in my own skin. I have told everyone about this book because as I have come to see, so many other Latinas around me feel the same. Thank you for making me feel like there is another side to a latin woman. I no longer feel like the “other” and I also think that this will help me in raising my beautiful girls into strong Latin women.

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  • 4. rosiemolinary  |  July 16, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Patricia, Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I am so happy that you found the book and that you enjoyed it. Your daughters are lucky to have you! Abrazos, Rosie

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  • 5. Aileen Marquez  |  November 4, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I have never found a book that made me say “that happened to me!” so many times. This book made me realized that I’m not the only one who has felt as an outsider or not Latina enough at time. Thanks you so much for writing a book that not only is relatable for me but for many other Latinas who has felt the same way!

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  • 6. rosiemolinary  |  November 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Aileen, Thank you so much for stopping by! I am so glad that the book found its way to you. You aren’t an outsider and your experience is valid and valuable to understanding all of our stories! Hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts and experiences here!

    Abrazos, Rosie

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    [...] by one of my oldest and dearest childhood friends, Rosie Molinary. She is the author of the book Hijas Americanas:  Beauty, Body Image and Growing up Latina, a book about growing up Latina in America. After writing the book, she saw a need and Circle de [...]

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  • 8. Feven  |  September 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Hi, i’m not Latina, i’m Ethiopian but i can totally relate to this book, i absolutely love it and i think this book can relate to so many girls that are foreign but were brought up in the United States. i came to the states six years ago and had to adopt to so many living styles that are American and not accepted by my parents. Thank You for writing this, it means a lot!

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    • 9. rosiemolinary  |  September 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      Feven,

      Thanks so much for letting me know what the book meant to you. I am so touched. And you should know that Ethiopia has a very special place in my heart– my little boy is Ethiopian!
      Wishing you all the best, Rosie

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