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The NBC/MSNBC journalist encourages readers to ‘take a leap of faith’ about what they can achieve, like she did. “Do it because we need your voices.”

Mariana Atencio’s new book “Perfectly You” is part self-help and part memoir.Jesus Perez

The line at Barnes & Noble’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City twisted and wound past shelves of books and DVDs. Clutching books and cellphones, the diverse group of people gave off the vibe of a family reunion, chatting among themselves and taking selfies. When NBC/MSNBC correspondent Mariana Atencio appeared for a book signing, the line burst into applause. One young man told Atencio, “I admire you on so many levels,” while a woman shyly asked her for a photo, saying, “I am so inspired by your story, it gave me hope.”


Image: Mariana Atencio

Currently out with her first book, “Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real,” Atencio will be speaking at the Girl Up 2019 Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 15, and to the Central Florida chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on July 19. Her book is designed to help readers see how their perceived weaknesses can actually be their strengths.

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