by Cindy Tovar
Despite having spent almost half an hour searching for parking in Washington Heights, Sandra Guzman, author of The New Latina’s Bible: The Modern Latina’s Guide to Love, Spirituality, Family, and La Vida, strode into the Rio Penthouse Gallery, composed and ready for the reading and signing session scheduled for that evening. Sitting next to me on a bench outside, with the clouds threatening to burst any second, she stared intently into my eyes, speaking to me like a long-lost friend.
She began by discussing el que dirán, which is “this constant judging that takes place, and that I feel limits our ability to grow and to live to our fullest potential. I wish I could’ve thrown out el que dirán a long time ago from my life. Throughout the years, that’s what I think Latinas most connect with.”
She went on to describe the big message of her book: self-love, self-care, and self-esteem. “This idea of self-care is still very much revolutionary among Latin women. We just don’t take care of ourselves. We take care of others. We know how to take care of our families, our boyfriends, our husbands. But when it comes to self-nurturing, we have an issue with that.”
The topics of self-love and el que dirán permeate this new book, as well as the 2002 version. However, Sandra points out that she has kept and updated the 12 original chapters of the first book, as well as added two more: one about depression and another about domestic and dating violence. READ MORE