A Dream Called Home

A Dream Called Home

An inspiring new memoir from Reyna Grande, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and national bestselling author of The Distance Between Us, about her quest for belonging, a writing career, and a home built of more than words and dreams.A Dream Called Home is the follow up to Reyna Grande’s national bestselling memoir The Distance Between Us. In that book, Reyna...

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A Dream Called Home Reviews

  • Carla Suto

    A DREAM CALLED HOME by Reyna Grande is the compelling sequel to her beautifully-written memoir, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. The first book was riveting and I could not wait to read the sequel. A DREAM CALLED HOME picks up where Grande left off in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and focuses more on her adult life in the United States as she attends college, works tirelessly toward becoming a published writer and ultimately marries and has children. With the same candor and insight of the first book, the rea

    A DREAM CALLED HOME by Reyna Grande is the compelling sequel to her beautifully-written memoir, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. The first book was riveting and I could not wait to read the sequel. A DREAM CALLED HOME picks up where Grande left off in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and focuses more on her adult life in the United States as she attends college, works tirelessly toward becoming a published writer and ultimately marries and has children. With the same candor and insight of the first book, the reader comes to understand the considerable challenges Ms. Grande faces and overcomes to achieve her dreams. I was again drawn completely into her story and found myself wanting to hear even more. This was a powerful and inspiring sequel with many important messages about the immigrant experience in the United States. I highly recommend it! I am happy to have won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • BookGypsy

    Reyna Grande was just nine-years-old when she walked across the U.S.-Mexican border in search of her parents who left her years before. The parents she finds aren't the parents a young girl longs for. Reyna surrounds herself reading books and writing. Once she is accepted to the Uuniversity of California she finds it isn't all that easy to follow your dreams. Told in her own words, her experience for the American Dream is heart breaking yet triumphant. Rising against all odds. A remarkable read

    Reyna Grande was just nine-years-old when she walked across the U.S.-Mexican border in search of her parents who left her years before. The parents she finds aren't the parents a young girl longs for. Reyna surrounds herself reading books and writing. Once she is accepted to the Uuniversity of California she finds it isn't all that easy to follow your dreams. Told in her own words, her experience for the American Dream is heart breaking yet triumphant. Rising against all odds. A remarkable read I felt deeply.

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  • Jade

    I’m working on my #ReadAfrica2018 reading project, but had to take a break for Reyna Grande’s A Dream Called Home - and I’m so glad I did! Although now I feel like I have opened a new door to a new reading challenge as she mentions so many writers and poets that I know I need to read! I have taken their names down and will keep it on the back burner for next year. Also, quite fittingly, it’s Hispanic Heritage Month here in the US, so this was a brilliantly timed memoir, both in terms of Reyna be

    I’m working on my #ReadAfrica2018 reading project, but had to take a break for Reyna Grande’s A Dream Called Home - and I’m so glad I did! Although now I feel like I have opened a new door to a new reading challenge as she mentions so many writers and poets that I know I need to read! I have taken their names down and will keep it on the back burner for next year. Also, quite fittingly, it’s Hispanic Heritage Month here in the US, so this was a brilliantly timed memoir, both in terms of Reyna being a writer born in Mexico, and also an immigrant in the US.

    A Dream Called Home is Reyna’s story of fighting for her dreams, despite her background, despite the setbacks and roadblocks, and despite the clichés and boxes people tend to stuff one another in here in the US (although that definitely doesn’t just happen here). She wrote about her story as a young Mexican girl crossing the border into the US in her memoir The Distance Between Us, and A Dream Called Home is the story of becoming an adult in a world where she never really feels at home. Each book can be read alone though.

    Reyna’s parents left her and her siblings with their grandmothers in Iguala, Mexico, when they were children, and crossed the border to the US. Iguala, at the time, and most likely still today, was extremely poor, and opportunities were few and far between. Reyna’s father came back to collect them when Reyna was about 9 and they made the difficult crossing together three times (the first two times they were sent back). That itself amazes me - the crossing is so hard for an adult, I can’t even imagine how tough it would have been on a young child. Her strength and perseverance have always been there…

    Anyway, in A Dream Called Home Reyna starts with her years at university, and moves on to telling the stories of how she became a teacher, a single mother, and how she continued to push herself to write and to be published. I don’t think I can express how inspiring this book was to me, and how there were some areas that I related to (but more that my partner relates to, our own stories and immigration stories meet and differ in many places). I will be buying a copy of this book for my children, so that when they are older they will understand some of the choices their parents had to make, and also know that the world is theirs, and their voices have as much weight as other voices.

    Reyna’s recollections are full of many profound statements that hit me hard: that feeling of not belonging anywhere anymore, a double identity that doesn’t fit in here or there. I still carry that with me wherever I go. Reyna has inspired me to keep pushing with my own stories and my own writing, and inspired me to keep reading and talking about the stories that no one wants to talk about.

    “As with the moon, there is the face that we immigrants show to the world, but our second face is the one we keep hidden in darkness so that no one can see us weeping.”

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy!

  • Grace Sanchez

    This is a beautifully written memoir about being the first in her family to attend and graduate from college and to grow up to become a successful author and human. The author had many mentors along the way who helped her believe in herself and in her goal of becoming a writer and published author. Her journey has not been easy and it is an eye opener for those who have grown up with privilege; and is a huge support for for those who are paving their way as the first in their families to seek an

    This is a beautifully written memoir about being the first in her family to attend and graduate from college and to grow up to become a successful author and human. The author had many mentors along the way who helped her believe in herself and in her goal of becoming a writer and published author. Her journey has not been easy and it is an eye opener for those who have grown up with privilege; and is a huge support for for those who are paving their way as the first in their families to seek and succeed in attaining higher education. I was grateful to attend her book launch in Santa Cruz and wish her continued success.

  • Tucker

    Reyna Grande’s memoir “The Distance Between Us” brought to life the heart-breaking experience of a young girl left behind in Mexico when her parents illegally immigrated to America. She continues her story in the brilliantly written and emotionally affecting “A Dream Called Home.” After she is finally brought to America she pursues her dream of a college education and becoming a writer. Her path is filled with hardship and feeling that she doesn’t belong, no matter where she is. Despite the many

    Reyna Grande’s memoir “The Distance Between Us” brought to life the heart-breaking experience of a young girl left behind in Mexico when her parents illegally immigrated to America. She continues her story in the brilliantly written and emotionally affecting “A Dream Called Home.” After she is finally brought to America she pursues her dream of a college education and becoming a writer. Her path is filled with hardship and feeling that she doesn’t belong, no matter where she is. Despite the many obstacles she faces, she pursues her dream with fortitude and tenacity. Grande writes with luminous prose of her struggles and successes and the result is an extremely relevant, compelling, heartfelt, and inspiring book.

    Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kathy

    I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway, this did not influence my review.

    I had previously read and loved Grande's childhood memoir, The Distance Between Us, and I was intrigued to read about Grande's adult life. It was a bit disorienting at first trying to connect the dots between the two books as I read her first four years ago. Grande remains a gifted writer and it was satisfying to read about her many successes after all she endured. Yet this book dwells a bit too long on quotidian college life

    I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway, this did not influence my review.

    I had previously read and loved Grande's childhood memoir, The Distance Between Us, and I was intrigued to read about Grande's adult life. It was a bit disorienting at first trying to connect the dots between the two books as I read her first four years ago. Grande remains a gifted writer and it was satisfying to read about her many successes after all she endured. Yet this book dwells a bit too long on quotidian college life, dating, part-time jobs, and other aspects of her life. I felt a lot of the book, especially the beginning, could have been condensed or edited down to essays that touched upon the major milestone's in Grande's life. The second half of the book is more compelling as she covers her transition into independent adulthood. Overall, since the book covers only about ten years of Grande's life, I felt there was too much detail. It was an interesting read though not nearly as riveting as her first memoir.

  • Michaela

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

  • Aria

    Yeah, well my friend Michaela won an ARC & naturally I read her copy once she'd finished it. She didn't tell me anything about her impressions, so I went into it free of preconceived notions. Having completed it, & now having read her review of the book, I am just going to refer you to her review as it pretty much mirrors my own thoughts.

  • Kelly

    This memoir follows Grande through her young adulthood, as she attends college away from Los Angeles and begins to find her way through adulthood. It's a moving memoir about being Latina and an immigrant and the ups and downs that come with the pride and challenges of being the first in her family to graduate from college. Grande talks about the relationships that came together and those that failed in her family, which continues the story she began in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. While stand alone,

    This memoir follows Grande through her young adulthood, as she attends college away from Los Angeles and begins to find her way through adulthood. It's a moving memoir about being Latina and an immigrant and the ups and downs that come with the pride and challenges of being the first in her family to graduate from college. Grande talks about the relationships that came together and those that failed in her family, which continues the story she began in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. While stand alone, knowing Grande's story from the previous memoir will make this one land a bit harder.

    Yareli Arizmendi performed the audiobook, and her voice and way of capturing Reyna's storytelling skills were fantastic and kept me absorbed.

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