Archive | August, 2013

Walking the Walk with Unite Against Rape…

19 Aug

Julia UAR 2013

Today, I ventured even further outside my comfort zone on behalf of my fellow victims of rape.  I did so because of my belief that I’m lucky to have had my life spared by my abductor; preventing me from becoming another statistic.  

Sadly, too many of our children do not survive their attackers.  In my case, my gut told me to run, but my mind worried about the consequences of disobeying an adult.

I feel compelled to share my story in an effort to protect our kids.  I want adults to know it can be life-saving to verbally tell the children in their lives that it’s okay to disobey adults when their intuition warning siren is going off.

I also believe  I must “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk” because my willingness to share my personal trauma might just save another child’s life. In this effort, I will not stay silent.  NEWYORICANGIRL

“Do one thing every day that scares you…” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Teachable moment as Hispanic Heritage Month approaches…

18 Aug

In just about a month, Hispanic Heritage Month will be upon us. I was very intentional in releasing my Puerto Rican story of American assimilation at exactly this moment so that my book would correspond with HHM. 

Ever since 1976, when then-President Ronald Reagan signed Hispanic Heritage Month into law, I’ve hoped for greater awareness and respect paid to my community during the thirty day period (September 15th through October 15th).  I remain astounded by the lack of interest and investment.  So, this year, I’m doing something about that.

I’ve published my tell-all family saga and drama in an effort to enlighten and educate about the pains and pleasures of being a Puerto Rican in the United States of America.  I would be deeply grateful if you’d please consider giving my short novel a quick read in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  It is my hope that what I’ve written will spawn greater understanding of how we fit into our nation’s multicultural tapestry. Thank you and Gracias.  NEWYORICANGIRL

LINK FOR PURCHASE: NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:  A Spanglish girl’s gritty tale of trauma and triumph while pursuing the American dream. NEWYORICANGIRL must navigate a traumatic childhood that includes rape, her father’s abandonment and her mother’s shameful life as the mistress of a powerful CEO while also dealing with her family’s poverty and violence in the South Bronx of the 1960s.  After she is moved to Manhattan, her Puerto Rican spirit is torn apart by the Jewish stepfather who forcibly adopts her at the request of her Puerto Rican mother.  In spite of her blistering assimilation scars, she becomes the first college graduate in her family and tries hard to overcome the wounds of her upbringing. 

Just when she believes she is putting her painful assimilated past behind her, she finds herself in New York City on September 11th 2001, when she had planned to celebrate her success in Corporate America.  As the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder present themselves, NEWYORICANGIRL finds herself in the fight of her life when her mental health crisis unfolds and she is unable to distinguish the trauma of past events with the safety of her present day experience.

As all of the terrifying memories of the past return to haunt her, she must rely on her family, her doctors and her faith to overcome the relentless trauma she is reliving. NEWYORICANGIRL has to claw her way back to reclaim the Puerto Rican life stolen from her. She emerges as a change agent for Puerto Rico in honor of her cherished children and beloved ancestral home.

AUTHOR BIO:   Julia Torres Barden is an award-winning journalist, former cable industry spokesperson and first college graduate in her Puerto Rican family.  Her first novel, “NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life” is a mostly-true memoir presented as a novel due to the provocative content included in her book.  As a survivor of childhood rape and abduction, family poverty and violence, a forced adoption and a very painful assimilation experience, she is also a survivor of 9/11 and a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  

She has penned her life’s story in an effort to educate and enlighten others, while dedicated to advocating for her fellow victims of trauma. Julia is proudest of breaking the generational cycle of family violence and substance abuse while raising her three children.  As a Puerto Rican activist, she remains passionate about her advocacy efforts to demand that the U.S. Congress debate a 28th Amendment which would secure equal voting rights for her fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico.
 

NEWYORICANGIRL’s book now available…

14 Aug

LINK FOR PURCHASENEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:  A Spanglish girl’s gritty tale of trauma and triumph while pursuing the American dream. NEWYORICANGIRL must navigate a traumatic childhood that includes rape, her father’s abandonment and her mother’s shameful life as the mistress of a powerful CEO while also dealing with her family’s poverty and violence in the South Bronx of the 1960s.  After she is moved to Manhattan, her Puerto Rican spirit is torn apart by the Jewish stepfather who forcibly adopts her at the request of her Puerto Rican mother.  In spite of her blistering assimilation scars, she becomes the first college graduate in her family and tries hard to overcome the wounds of her upbringing. 

Just when she believes she is putting her painful assimilated past behind her, she finds herself in New York City on September 11th 2001, when she had planned to celebrate her success in Corporate America.  As the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder present themselves, NEWYORICANGIRL finds herself in the fight of her life when her mental health crisis unfolds and she is unable to distinguish the trauma of past events with the safety of her present day experience.

As all of the terrifying memories of the past return to haunt her, she must rely on her family, her doctors and her faith to overcome the relentless trauma she is reliving. NEWYORICANGIRL has to claw her way back to reclaim the Puerto Rican life stolen from her. She emerges as a change agent for Puerto Rico in honor of her cherished children and beloved ancestral home.

AUTHOR BIO:   Julia Torres Barden is an award-winning journalist, former cable industry spokesperson and first college graduate in her Puerto Rican family.  Her first novel, “NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life” is a mostly-true memoir presented as a novel due to the provocative content included in her book.  As a survivor of childhood rape and abduction, family poverty and violence, a forced adoption and a very painful assimilation experience, she is also a survivor of 9/11 and a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  

She has penned her life’s story in an effort to educate and enlighten others, while dedicated to advocating for her fellow victims of trauma. Julia is proudest of breaking the generational cycle of family violence and substance abuse while raising her three children.  As a Puerto Rican activist, she remains passionate about her advocacy efforts to demand that the U.S. Congress debate a 28th Amendment which would secure equal voting rights for her fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico.
 

NEWYORICANGIRL’s FIRST NOVEL PUBLISHED!

4 Aug

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A Spanglish girl’s gritty tale of trauma and painful assimilation while pursuing the American dream. NEWYORICANGIRL must navigate a traumatic childhood that includes rape, her mother’s conflicted life as the mistress of a powerful CEO, alcoholic parents and a forced adoption by her Jewish stepfather that breaks her Puerto Rican heart. Just when she believes she is putting her painful past behind her, she finds herself in New York City on 9/11.

When the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder present themselves, NEWYORICANGIRL finds herself in the fight of her life as her mental health crisis unfolds with her children watching. As all of the terrifying memories of the past return to haunt her, she must rely on her family, her doctors and her faith to overcome the relentless trauma she is reliving. NEWYORICANGIRL fights her way back to reclaim the Puerto Rican life stolen from her, emerging as a change agent for her people and in honor of her beloved children and ancestral home.

Released in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit Lulu.com to order your E-reader copy or hit the “My Book” link above to order a print copy. Thank you for your support.  🙂

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