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A Dream Called Home

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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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Atria Books
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Diane S ☔
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very timely read. In the states one would have to living under a rock to not realize how the immigration is dividing our country. I'm not going to offer my opinion on this issue, just state my thoughts on this memoir.

Her father came first, than her mother, finally when she was nine her father came back for the three children. All illegal, they were caught twice by patrols and sent back to Tijuana, the third time they made it. They settled in California, but by now her family was fractured, he
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
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, ...more
Carla Suto
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
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 ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
---- 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

Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, giveaways
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
Grace Sanchez
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
I just finished Grande's The Distance Between Us and checked my library catalog to find her novels... and realized that in 2018, she published this sequel to the memoir. I grabbed this instead so I could learn what happened to her after she went to college.

This chapter of Grande's life continues with many of the same themes from her first book, like conflicted feelings about family, the immigrant experience, financial insecurity, and longing for love and acceptance. Reyna's struggles are not ove
Devon H
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Michelle Arredondo
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 grandmother's grandfather having come into America o
Michelle Kidwell
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway! Thanks!

This was a very quick and flowing read that I liked, but I don't think it will stick with me. It took me awhile to get to, because I found out it was a second part and I wanted to read the first one. I don't think this is entirely necessary, there was enough explanation that you can get a general idea of what happened during Reyna's childhood and adolescence. However, if you are a completionist or you find yourself more curious about the younge
Zacarias Rivera, Jr.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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 ...more
Hazelj jones
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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'
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kory Keller
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful memoir written by a Latina author of her poor family trying to get to the US and create a new life. When her family crumbled she was able to find support and persist in her education. My favorite line, when she was struggling with her separate identities was shared by a mentor “You are now bilingual, bicultural, and binational. You are not less. You are more.”
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

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.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-copy
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.
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Reyna Grande is the author of two novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, which received a 2007 American Book Award; Dancing with Butterflies, which received a 2010 International Latino Book Award. In her memoir, The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) Reyna recounts her experiences as a child left behind in Mexico when her parents emigrated to the U.S. in search of work, and her own journey to the U.S. ...more
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