Raising Raul by Maria Hinojosa

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An award-winning journalist's fresh, fiery, ambitious tribute to womanhood

In the Mexico where Maria Hinojosa was born, being a traditional woman was defined by one thing--becoming a traditional mother. But there has never been anything traditional about this award-winning radio and television journalist. By the time she reached her thirties Maria Hinojosa received her degree from Barnard College, had been a staff reporter for National Public Radio, became the first urban affairs correspondent on CNN, and was named as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States. She had it all--or thought she did. But with the birth of her first son, Raul, she began to discover the meaning of what really matters. With humor, depth, and street smarts, Hinojosa takes us on a journey of family lessons and spiritual searching, of romance and intimacy, and of ambition and maternal love.

In powerful flashbacks and flashforwards, and filled with colorful stories and characters from her life, Raising Raul takes us on Hinojosa's motherhood adventure as she struggles not only to become the mother she wants to be but also to become the woman she wants to be. With the insight and passion of her award-winning journalism, Hinojosa gives us a story of personal history and self-discovery, and of all the fear, joy, and challenge that comes with being a woman today.

About Maria Hinojosa

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Hinojosa is an urban affairs correspondent for CNN.
Published November 1, 1999 by Viking Adult. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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But this story is far from ordinary, replete with loving, funny, sad, and always colorful stories of Hinojosa’s family and childhood in Mexico and Chicago, the news stories she has covered (from riots and drug dealers to a blind subway singer), her visit to a Yoruba priest who prescribed wearing ...

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Because she was still nursing Raul during a visit to Mexico, her mother informed Hinojosa that nursing longer than four months indicates to middle-class Mexicans that one is too poor to afford formula.

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