A Dream Called Home
A Dream Called Home is the follow up to Reyna Grande’s national bestselling memoir The Distance Between Us. In that book, Reyna ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Had I been the author's editor, I' ...more
An excellent must read memoir for teaching understanding, acceptance, and tolerance of those who reach for a better life.
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.