“Anyone striving to understand and improve this country ought to examine her story.” —Gloria Steinem, creator of My Life at the Road The Emmy Award–winning journalist and anchor of NPR’s Latino USA tells the tale of immigration in America thru her family’s stories and a long time of reporting, portray an unflinching portrait of a country in disaster on this memoir that is “quite certainly beautiful, written in Maria Hinojosa’s sincere, passionate voice” (BookPage).Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who, for nearly thirty years, has stated on testimonies and communities in America that regularly go omitted by means of the mainstream media—from testimonies of hope in the South Bronx to the unseen victims of the War on Terror and the primary detention camps in the US. Bestselling author Julia Álvarez has referred to as her “considered one of the maximum important, respected, and cherished cultural leaders in the Latinx community.” In Once I Was You, Maria stocks her intimate enjoy developing up Mexican American on the South Side of Chicago. She offers a non-public and illuminating account of the way the rhetoric around immigration has not most effective long informed American attitudes closer to outsiders, however additionally sanctioned willful negligence and profiteering at the rate of our country’s most prone populations—charging us with the broken system we’ve got today. An urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration disaster and understand that it influences us all, this honest and heartrending memoir paints a brilliant portrait of ways we got here and what it approach to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth. Also available in Spanish as Una vez fui tú.