A Dream Called Home

A Dream Called Home

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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From bestselling author Reyna Grandewhose remarkable memoir The Distance Between Us has become required reading in schools across the countrycomes an inspiring account of one womans quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family one fearless word at a time. When Reyna Grande was nine-years-old, she walked across the USMexico border in search of a home, desperate to be reunited with the parents who had left her behind years before for a better life in the City of Angels. What she found instead was an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage. With so few resources at her disposal, Reyna finds refuge in words, and it is her love of reading and writing that propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Although her acceptance is a triumph, the actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, who is now once again estranged from her family and support system. Again, she finds solace in words, holding fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream. Through it all, Reyna is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to "a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer" (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild ); a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist "speak[ing] for millions of immigrants whose voices have gone unheard" (Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street ); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect. Told in Reynas exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2018
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501171420
1501171429
Branch Call Number: 305.86872 G7635G 2018
Characteristics: 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Mexican-American author Grande was only 9 years old when she walked across the US border, seeking a home and a better life. In this captivating and inspiring memoir, she describes her search for the American dream as a first-generation Latina college student.

IN THE HEIGHTS’ Nina Rosario feels both admiration and the pressure of expectations from the neighborhood as the first person in her family to go to college. Grande’s gripping memoir details her own experience as a first-generation Latina college student.


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Mar 21, 2019

A must read after The Distance Between Us. Thankful that Reyna didn't just share with us her childhood story, but with this book she shares her story of becoming an adult and the difficulties she experienced. Grateful that she vividly recounts her experience as an immigrant Latina at UCSC. I found myself relating to some of her experiences (the feeling lost, not belonging, the desire to make it feel like home), and I too went to a UC. I was able to relate to the feelings of wonder, astonishment, fear that she lived at UCSC. I too found my group of people and mentors that helped shape my experience and ultimately fall in love with the place I called home for 4 years. This is such a great book!

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