Wilton resident Jacqueline Raposo “finds people fascinating and believes everyone has a story to share.” She’s been able to made a career out of it, exploring fields crossing food, lifestyle, illness, wellness, travel, entrepreneurship, and the arts.
Raposo is the producer and co-host of Love Bites Radio, the co-founder of the campaign, #MarchingWithMe, and a writer whose work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Medium, Saveur, Food & Wine, and more.
On Jan. 16, Raposo’s first book, The Me, Without, debuted nationwide. This time she’s writing about herself.
Part memoir, part case study, The Me, Without is an intimately curated search for self-improvement and offers readers an inspiring example of how to expose hidden wounds, help themselves heal, and forge confidently onto a new path.
According to the press release, at 34, Raposo found herself sick, single, broke, and wandering in a fog. Despite decades of discipline, her chronic illness was getting worse. Despite hosting a radio show about dating, she hadn’t been in love in years. And, despite a successful writing career, she was falling further into debt. Raposo decided to dedicate one year to progressively shedding her most constant habits as a way to measure their absence against her physical health, social interactions, and sense of self-worth.
Wilton is featured throughout The Me, Without. Raposo and her family moved to Wilton the summer she turned four, a time she describes as “a very magical time of the 80s when kids could still run with the neighbors as parents trusted someone was going to generally keep an eye on the brood. Our backyards had slip n’ slides and lots of space for makeshift forts. We made lemonade stands and played touch football in the summer and tried to ski through the woods between our houses or test the ice on Cherry Lane Pond in the winter.”
Raposo always kept Wilton as her home base because of this grounding in community and the comfort of having a neighborhood, what she describes as, “…people and streets and public spaces that feel like home.”
“In a world where so much of our lives are fast, instant, fleeting, and disposable, there’s something to be said about roots and longevity. I love going to the same pharmacy and grocery store I’ve gone to for decades, and running into friends from childhood at the coffee shop. I love Wilton’s unique charms like Minks to Sinks and the PlayShop so much so that I’ve regularly brought friends in from NYC to make use of them. I love traditions, those that evolve and those that I can mark as steadfast,” says Raposo.
Wilton Library will host Raposo at an Author Talk on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7-8:30 p.m.. A Q&A will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free.
To register for the Jacqueline Raposo Author Talk, visit the Wilton Library website.