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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 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 recounted the pain and poverty she experienced growing up in Mexico without her parents, who had immigrated to the U.S. years earlier. When she was nine years old, Reyna made her own journey across the U.S.–Mexico border in search of a home. What she found instead was an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that didn’t honor her heritage. Against all obstacles, Reyna’s love of reading and writing propelled her to rise above all challenges and ultimately be accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. A Dream Called Home tells the story of Reyna’s pursuit to become the first in her family to earn a college degree and to find her place and a home in her adoptive country. At UC, Santa Cruz and on her own for the first time, Reyna faces new struggles and learns to forge ahead toward her dreams despite the alienation and estrangement from her family and her new community. Back in Los Angeles after graduation, Reyna attempts to parlay her creative writing degree into a full-time job only to discover she knows nothing about the publishing business. Through it all, Reyna holds fast to her dreams and makes the impossible possible—she goes from being an undocumented immigrant to an award-winning author. Reyna details the arduous journey of pursuing her dream of becoming a writer and finding that one thing she has desperately longed for ever since her parents left her behind in Mexico—a home. This is an inspiring account of one young woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation university student, a Latina, and a writer determined to change the course of her family forever. Reyna’s story mirrors the journey that millions of immigrants have taken as she creates her own path toward a better life for herself on her own terms.


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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 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 recounted the pain and poverty she experienced growing up in Mexico without her parents, who had immigrated to the U.S. years earlier. When she was nine years old, Reyna made her own journey across the U.S.–Mexico border in search of a home. What she found instead was an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that didn’t honor her heritage. Against all obstacles, Reyna’s love of reading and writing propelled her to rise above all challenges and ultimately be accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. A Dream Called Home tells the story of Reyna’s pursuit to become the first in her family to earn a college degree and to find her place and a home in her adoptive country. At UC, Santa Cruz and on her own for the first time, Reyna faces new struggles and learns to forge ahead toward her dreams despite the alienation and estrangement from her family and her new community. Back in Los Angeles after graduation, Reyna attempts to parlay her creative writing degree into a full-time job only to discover she knows nothing about the publishing business. Through it all, Reyna holds fast to her dreams and makes the impossible possible—she goes from being an undocumented immigrant to an award-winning author. Reyna details the arduous journey of pursuing her dream of becoming a writer and finding that one thing she has desperately longed for ever since her parents left her behind in Mexico—a home. This is an inspiring account of one young woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation university student, a Latina, and a writer determined to change the course of her family forever. Reyna’s story mirrors the journey that millions of immigrants have taken as she creates her own path toward a better life for herself on her own terms.

30 review for A Dream Called Home

  1. 4 out of 5

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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!

  3. 4 out of 5

    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. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog

  4. 4 out of 5

    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. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  5. 4 out of 5

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michaela

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Yeah, this just didn't sit so well w/ me. On a positive note, there are a lot of authors to explore mentioned in the story, & I am grateful to have been made aware of these people, b/c now I can go explore their works for myself. There is enough interesting content available in here, particularly about different parts of Mexico. Overall, the book mostly describes the author making her way through an (early) adulthood for wh ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Yeah, this just didn't sit so well w/ me. On a positive note, there are a lot of authors to explore mentioned in the story, & I am grateful to have been made aware of these people, b/c now I can go explore their works for myself. There is enough interesting content available in here, particularly about different parts of Mexico. Overall, the book mostly describes the author making her way through an (early) adulthood for which she hadn't been well-prepared. There is plenty in there to write about, but I ran into problems with it. The writing style just didn't resound w/ me. Portions of it were fine, but others fell flat. The next issue I had stems from the fact that my personal story is not so different from hers, excepting, of course, for the immigrant experience, which I'll grant is no small thing. The large similarities though, are partly why I was able to identify w/ her predicaments, even when the writing didn't convey the experience so well, & as stated, also partly why I had problems w/ her. At the time of this writing, she still hasn't learned to stand up for herself against others, or to define personal boundary lines. A beaten dog is left with its owner & she never even seems to consider any other possibility. She also still allows abusive & opportunistic people to walk all over her, but goes on & on about just wishing it were some other way. Puh-leez. Finally, I've a hard time feeling anything for someone for who gets $120 highlights while forgetting the starving grandmother in a shack who raised them when they were otherwise abandoned. Fucking no. Fucking no. Just fucking no. The author seems yet to have figured out that learning about other people's pasts can indeed help toward understanding their development, but that information does not excuse habitually harmful behavior toward other people. If the author decides to continue to let these people bring such behavior into her life, & now that of her son's, well that's really on her. To sum it all up, this book should have been up my alley, but I almost hate it. That's a shame really, b/c books about the immigrant experience are important. The author is correct in thinking that books speaking to that experience, especially those targeted toward children, are sorely needed. I wish her luck on trying to fill that gap, b/c she's probably a good candidate for that job. As far as further experiences about her adulthood are concerned though, I'm not interested..... not even if the writing gets better. I understand that her former book about trying to cross into the U.S. is more well-liked, but I can't speak to that as this was my 1st experience w/ this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Freeman

    I have not read Grande's first memoir so I can't comment on the synthesis of the two, but this memoir stands alone as an interesting look at one immigrant's life. Grande was born in a very poor village in Mexico. At age 2, her father came to the US to try and make a better life for his kids. Two years later, her mother followed, leaving the kids with grandparents. Those experiences, plus coming to the US, undocumented, at age 9 are the subjects of the first memoir. This one picks up as Grande go I have not read Grande's first memoir so I can't comment on the synthesis of the two, but this memoir stands alone as an interesting look at one immigrant's life. Grande was born in a very poor village in Mexico. At age 2, her father came to the US to try and make a better life for his kids. Two years later, her mother followed, leaving the kids with grandparents. Those experiences, plus coming to the US, undocumented, at age 9 are the subjects of the first memoir. This one picks up as Grande goes to college and covers young adulthood through her first publishing success and her best relationship success. One might also say that this book outlines her sometimes bumpy path into the middle class. Reyna Grande is a good writer and a good story teller. I admire her perseverance. Her memoir would be a great basis for a discussion about immigration.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Devon H

    I'm a sucker for memoirs, but Grande's memoir is so beautiful and makes me want to read the rest of her body of work immediately! Grande's writing is vivid, yet feels simple and approachable. It's clear the amount of effort she put into picking just the right words to convey her message so gracefully, and I'm looking forward to her fiction works. Grande is an immigrant from a small town called Iguala, Mexico. She moved to the US as a kid, and began to pursue her writing at a young age of 13. Her I'm a sucker for memoirs, but Grande's memoir is so beautiful and makes me want to read the rest of her body of work immediately! Grande's writing is vivid, yet feels simple and approachable. It's clear the amount of effort she put into picking just the right words to convey her message so gracefully, and I'm looking forward to her fiction works. Grande is an immigrant from a small town called Iguala, Mexico. She moved to the US as a kid, and began to pursue her writing at a young age of 13. Her love of writing helped her get through her tough times, and inspired her to keep pushing for her dreams. This memoir tells her story to become a published author, and culminates in the publication of her first novel. Her family system and friendships are intrinsic to her success as an author, both her motivation and her struggle, so woven throughout are tales of her family and ever developing relationships. Grande is brave in sharing this story, and I'm grateful that she has made space for her voice in the world of publishing, turning down offers that would have required her to lose part of her voice as an immigrant. Her story is important to hear, and incredibly validating (I would imagine) for immigrants reading it now. Her story as a single mother is equally inspiring to me, how she was able to continue making hard choices that would allow her to pursue her dreams while maintaining a home for her child. I could not imagine being in her situation, and continuing to have hope that things would be okay. With these experiences, she is able to deconstruct her mother and father's points of view to help herself understand her own trauma and process why they made the choices they made. She opens herself up to seeking to understand, rather than becoming mired in pain from choices that hurt her when she was growing up. This kind of processing is amazing to see written on the page, and I hope it can help others process their own trauma in a healthy way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Reyna Grande's journey to become a published author was typical in many ways. She struggled to find the time and energy to write between work, family and college. She endured numerous rejections before she found an agent and finally saw her work in print. But in other ways, her journey was atypical, as she is an immigrant who came to the US as a young girl under arduous circumstances. Her family was torn apart when her mother and father came to the US in search of employment. Left behind with a s Reyna Grande's journey to become a published author was typical in many ways. She struggled to find the time and energy to write between work, family and college. She endured numerous rejections before she found an agent and finally saw her work in print. But in other ways, her journey was atypical, as she is an immigrant who came to the US as a young girl under arduous circumstances. Her family was torn apart when her mother and father came to the US in search of employment. Left behind with a strict grandmother, Reyna and her siblings learn to rely on each other and their own wits to survive. At age 9, she walked across the border and found her parents. Reyna worked very hard to be able to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz after two years of community college. Life at this beautiful college had its own set of challenges, however. Reyna worked while attending classes and helped raise her step sister. When Reyna finally found other Latina students on the campus, she was able to appreciate, share and even learn more about her own culture. She even discovered a local grocery store that sold Mexican food. Exhibiting dogged perseverance and wisdom far beyond her years, Reyna's dream of becoming a published author finally came true. She was able to express her thoughts and feelings as a woman straddling two worlds. Overcoming parental indifference, she found her "home" where she could create and grow. Her tenacity and determination are an inspiration to all who pursue what seem to be unattainable goals.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Arredondo

    I had no idea that this book was a follow up. Went into a frenzy to get my hands on the first book, The Distance Between Us. Read it. Went right into this one shortly after. A great weekend Memoir Marathon of two wonderful books. A gripping true life story. A powerful one. Close to my heart being a Mexican American woman...torn between being a completely legal American woman and all that that means...but also living with my family history...my grandmother's grandfather having come into America o I had no idea that this book was a follow up. Went into a frenzy to get my hands on the first book, The Distance Between Us. Read it. Went right into this one shortly after. A great weekend Memoir Marathon of two wonderful books. A gripping true life story. A powerful one. Close to my heart being a Mexican American woman...torn between being a completely legal American woman and all that that means...but also living with my family history...my grandmother's grandfather having come into America over one hundred years ago for dire life threatening reasons. How could we look at someone that wants a better life...that wants to obtain it at all cost...that does something illegal but does it for all good intention...how could we look at that and deny it? The American Dream.....it means something different to everyone that wants it...and yet there is a commonality to it as well. Just wanting to achieve something...obtain better things..be better people...succeed...safety...a comfy routine...or even a daring adventure. This book is beautiful in that we read...we see in our minds what Reyna Grande wants...wanted in her life and even at times did not know what she wanted..torn between two very different worlds and cultures. We see the struggle...the perseverance...the hurdles that immigrants face. A powerful message from the life of one immigrant girl....beautiful, compelling, important. Thanks to goodreads and to author Reyna Grande for my win via giveaway. I received. I read. I reviewed this book with honesty and voluntarily.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    A Dream Called HomeA Memoirby Reyna GrandeAtria BooksBiographies & MemoirsPub Date 02 Oct 2018I am reviewing a copy of A Dream Called Home through Atria Books and Netgalley:Reyna Grande was only nine when she walked across the U.S Mexico border in search of a home, she was desperate to be reunited with the parents who had left her behind when they had tried to pursue a better life in Los Angeles! She was disappointed to find a mother who just did not seem to care a Fathef who was an abusive 
A Dream Called Home
A Memoir
by Reyna Grande
Atria Books
Biographies & Memoirs
Pub Date 02 Oct 2018
I am reviewing a copy of A Dream Called Home through Atria Books and Netgalley:
Reyna Grande was only nine when she walked across the U.S Mexico border in search of a home, she was desperate to be reunited with the parents who had left her behind when they had tried to pursue a better life in Los Angeles! She was disappointed to find a mother who just did not seem to care a Fathef who was an abusive alcoholic and a school system who seemed to care nothing about her heritage. Reyna found refuge in words with so little resources at her disposal, it is her love for reading and writing that allows her to rise above and achieve the seemingly impossible. She achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her acceptance to University of California Santa Cruz was a triumph the actual experience of College was intimidating at first and Unfamilar but she perserveres despite the fact she is once again estranged from her family. Reyna had a fierce determination to make the impossible, possible. She went from an undocumented immigrant with little means. I give A Dream Called Home five out of five stars!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zacarias Rivera, Jr.

    A Dream Called Home is such a marvelous memoir. I just love how Reyna Grande discloses her life experiences in such a transparent manner. She deftly shares her feelings of loneliness, alienation, and desire to connect with her mother and father. She clearly reveals her struggles to pursue her education, her feelings of guilt as she persevered in following her dream to become a writer, not just for her but her son. There were numerous instances in which I had to take a deep breath because I was a A Dream Called Home is such a marvelous memoir. I just love how Reyna Grande discloses her life experiences in such a transparent manner. She deftly shares her feelings of loneliness, alienation, and desire to connect with her mother and father. She clearly reveals her struggles to pursue her education, her feelings of guilt as she persevered in following her dream to become a writer, not just for her but her son. There were numerous instances in which I had to take a deep breath because I was able to resonate with some of her experiences, reminding me of my own relationship with my parents, my own pursuit of an education, my teaching experiences, and feelings of regret and guilt for deeds and words not stated. Overall, it is a hope and faith-building memoir in its depiction of how an immigrant individual overcame numerous obstacles in order to succeed. Grande's resiliency and diligence is so inspiring. I highly recommend this memoir.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This is a very well written and interesting memoir. It is about the author's life, Reyna Grande, and her struggles as a poor child in Mexico, and how she was brought over into America by her father at a young age (nine or so). Most of the book is about her time in America, growing up, and trying to pursue her American Dream of being the first in her family to graduate from college. She has struggles with money and her family while trying to accomplish this dream, but she ultimately succeeds. And This is a very well written and interesting memoir. It is about the author's life, Reyna Grande, and her struggles as a poor child in Mexico, and how she was brought over into America by her father at a young age (nine or so). Most of the book is about her time in America, growing up, and trying to pursue her American Dream of being the first in her family to graduate from college. She has struggles with money and her family while trying to accomplish this dream, but she ultimately succeeds. And then she struggles to pursue her dream of becoming an author which again she ultimately succeeds at doing so. However, her struggles and the challenges she overcomes to pursue her dreams are very inspiring, and she is good at frankly acknowledging times where she has made bad decisions. She is very honest in the book, and you definitely feel for her and root for her. A very good book that shows a personal side to the immigration story. I won this copy in one of the Goodread giveaways.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hazelj jones

    I have really enjoyed this book and found it very interesting .Reyna Grande is a writer who is a big help in my endeaver to understand those who come to the US seeking a better life for herself and other family members..Ms Grande is very open about the hard life of poverty that she and her family endoured in their homeland ! the hard work she has taken on herself to better not only her life but others she left behind . It is not a easy time she had to get to the place of being published ,own her I have really enjoyed this book and found it very interesting .Reyna Grande is a writer who is a big help in my endeaver to understand those who come to the US seeking a better life for herself and other family members..Ms Grande is very open about the hard life of poverty that she and her family endoured in their homeland ! the hard work she has taken on herself to better not only her life but others she left behind . It is not a easy time she had to get to the place of being published ,own her own home and come to understand some of the choices her mother and father made .I expect we will be seeing meny more writings from this author as she truly has a gift to help us see beyond our own front doors into the hearts of those who come to USA to work to live the very life we who were born US citizens so easily take for granted .I received this book as a giveaway on Good Reads . I will be watching for more of Ms Grande's books!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janell

    I had not read any of author Reyna Grande's other works, before receiving this book, 'A Dream Called Home,' as a Goodreads giveaway. To be honest, the most interesting chapters were those in which Reyna speaks of the Mexican community where she was born and spent her first few years. Many Americans cannot fathom living in such poverty and having so little. Also interesting, was the author's frank telling of her often strained relationships with family members. Had I been the author's editor, I' I had not read any of author Reyna Grande's other works, before receiving this book, 'A Dream Called Home,' as a Goodreads giveaway. To be honest, the most interesting chapters were those in which Reyna speaks of the Mexican community where she was born and spent her first few years. Many Americans cannot fathom living in such poverty and having so little. Also interesting, was the author's frank telling of her often strained relationships with family members. Had I been the author's editor, I'd have focused less on Ms. Grande's experience struggling to get her book published, and more on the differences between the two countries' cultures. It might have also been beneficial to tell the reader more about her children's impressions of their mother's home (I appreciated little Nathan's intrigue with the dead pigeons and even Ms. Grande's comparisons of food preferences.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    Reyna Grande continues her moving and inspiring story in her new memoir in which she shows us how she came to accept and conquer the challenges she faced as a young immigrant girl from Mexico caught between two worlds and looking for a place to call home. Grande's story illustrates both the struggles immigrants face and their conviction that they too can discover "the American Dream." Her narrative highlights the ways in which immigrants not only contribute to, but are the very fabric that makes Reyna Grande continues her moving and inspiring story in her new memoir in which she shows us how she came to accept and conquer the challenges she faced as a young immigrant girl from Mexico caught between two worlds and looking for a place to call home. Grande's story illustrates both the struggles immigrants face and their conviction that they too can discover "the American Dream." Her narrative highlights the ways in which immigrants not only contribute to, but are the very fabric that makes our unique country function—something that too many people, especially those in power, seem to have forgotten. As in The Distance Between Us, Grande provides meaningful pictures of her life and family that make the reader feel especially connected to her story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    Grande"s second memoir is as touching as the first. She picked up with attending college and discovering who she really is. Along the way, the author grapples with continuing family struggles, her own identity, and debt. After her college graduation, Grande became a teacher and continued her success as an author, She has tempestuous relationships until finding the one that works for her. A Dream Called Home is an inspiring story about a woman who refused to give up on anything. Thanks to NetGall Grande"s second memoir is as touching as the first. She picked up with attending college and discovering who she really is. Along the way, the author grapples with continuing family struggles, her own identity, and debt. After her college graduation, Grande became a teacher and continued her success as an author, She has tempestuous relationships until finding the one that works for her. A Dream Called Home is an inspiring story about a woman who refused to give up on anything. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chardonnay

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Reyna really makes you feel as if you are apart of her world. I found myself feeling for her heartbreak, celebrating in her victories and loving her success. Her writing style is amazing and really makes you feel engaged. I am glad that this is the first book that I have read of hers because I now know how she came to be and feel as though I will engage and connect on a different level with her other books. Adding her to my list of favorite authors This is one of the best books I have ever read. Reyna really makes you feel as if you are apart of her world. I found myself feeling for her heartbreak, celebrating in her victories and loving her success. Her writing style is amazing and really makes you feel engaged. I am glad that this is the first book that I have read of hers because I now know how she came to be and feel as though I will engage and connect on a different level with her other books. Adding her to my list of favorite authors. Thank you for the opportunity to see a bit of your world.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was wonderful. Reyna Grande tells her life story in a genuine and honest way. At times, the narrative seemed to lag in certain moments, but overall, I loved reading this book. I appreciated Grande's honesty about complex family relationships and her own struggles as both a daughter and a mother. I haven't read any of Grande's other books, but after reading this one, I look forward to reading her novels and earlier memoir.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Excellent book. Full of real life challenges and experiences. Inspiring and motivational. Told in such an everyday/ you are part of it way. Gives you insight into her desire to write and her journey getting to where she is today. Great read. I highly recommend this book. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Grande's in depth personal writings allow a reader to see what really happens within the immigrant experience. Grande has shared her story in a way that you feel you are on her journey with her. An excellent must read memoir for teaching understanding, acceptance, and tolerance of those who reach for a better life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    4.0*** Reyna’s honest memoir of her struggle to become a writer after immigrating to America as a young girl resonates and inspires. Her frank descriptions depict her navigation of life choices and applaud her mentors and provide mature reflections of her imperfect parents who had limited opportunities and tried to give her more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It being a memoir I'll keep some to myself. The writing is beautiful but the decisions that are made by the author at times are hard to read. This was a giveaway ARC book I received.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karla Kerlin

    The follow up to A Distance Between Us. A Dream Called Home picks up where the first memoir left off and follows Reyna through her college and young adult years. Her story is a compelling read which I recommend to anyone who enjoys memoirs of adversity and resilience.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victor Yang

    A breathtaking account of one's relationship to home, belonging, and identity. I was amazed by the unassuming beauty of Grande's prose and the honesty with which she presents us her story. She doesn't shy away from the hard material in her life. She shows us the mistakes that she feels like she's made, the moments where she realizes that she is more like her parents than she would like to admit, and the struggles that ultimately give this account such humanity and strength. I have pain in the re A breathtaking account of one's relationship to home, belonging, and identity. I was amazed by the unassuming beauty of Grande's prose and the honesty with which she presents us her story. She doesn't shy away from the hard material in her life. She shows us the mistakes that she feels like she's made, the moments where she realizes that she is more like her parents than she would like to admit, and the struggles that ultimately give this account such humanity and strength. I have pain in the relationships I try to cultivate and heal with my parents, in the feelings of having become too distant from my own roots - and Grande's book is such an inspiration in the dreams that I have going forward.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Rickert

    Absolutely beautiful story telling! I just want to hug Reyna and tell her I am so proud of her! This book shows that all dreams are possible. It does not matter where you start from, just as long as you get to your happy ending. I won this book for free on the Good reads giveaways

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dara

    I received this as a Goodreads getaway. I thought it was a great book telling us the story of the author’s immigration and her journey to make herself feel a part of the US. I think this is an important read in our current climate.

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