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A Dream Called Home [Download] ➾ A Dream Called Home Author Reyna Grande – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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, 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 than words and dreams A Dream Called Home is the follow up to Reyna Grande s A Dream Kindle - 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 US years earlier When she was nine years old, Reyna made her own journey across the US 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 homeThis 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.

    A Dream Called Home PDF Ñ A Dream Kindle - 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 homeThis 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • A Dream Called Home
  • Reyna Grande
  • English
  • 07 December 2017
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About the Author: Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of two novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, which received a American Book Award Dancing with Butterflies, which received a International Latino Book Award In her memoir, The Distance Between Us Atria, Reyna recounts her experiences as a child left behind in Mexico when her A Dream Kindle - parents emigrated to the US in search of work, and her own journey to the US as an undocumented immigrant at the age of nine The LA Times hailed it as the Angela s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience Kirkus called it a standout immigrant coming of age story, and Publishers Weekly said that her memoir captivates and inspires The Distance Between Us will be republished September as a young readers edition.



10 thoughts on “A Dream Called Home

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    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 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, her father a difficult, hard drinking man Reyna vowed she would make something of herself, work hard, go to college and make the most of her opportunities here in America.She does, and in a honest, no holds barred voice, she tells us of her journey, book mentally and physically Never feeling like she fit anywhere, her difficulties in defining herself, her heritage, culture The fear of being illegal, though that has been remedied, of getting caught, sent back Her fear of not making it, not being strong enough, smart enough Working hard,while in school, taking other jobs,smsll shared apartments, having to watch how every penny was spent Her struggle with her family, trying to make them proud of her but never succeeding no matter how much she thrived She does learnabout their own upbringing later, that helps her understand their actions Her fisits back to the poor village she was from to see her grandmother, other family that still lived there Realizing she now didn t fully fit in either place.Such an interesting and heartfelt story, putting a face to those who come here to escape poverty, for opportunities I admire her moxie, and if you read this I think you will too

  2. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Surprising VERY ENJOYABLE audiobook read by Yareli Arizmendi When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US Mexico 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 a different mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage.This story is intimate and real it IS REAL the writing flowed easily Surprising VERY ENJOYABLE audiobook read by Yareli Arizmendi When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US Mexico 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 a different mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage.This story is intimate and real it IS REAL the writing flowed easily its one of those books where you feel like you re sitting in the same room listening to your friend tell you a story.I was in book reading heaven when Reyna shared about her life at UC Santa Cruz home of Sammy the Banana slug Half of my friends were at UC Santa Cruz when I was at UC Berkeley we use to weekend hop back to each others college campuses.Way too many memories Plus our daughter worked on campus when she performed with the Santa Cruz Shakespeare company so I ve her memories of living on campus too.Reyna s story is captivating, and heartfelt A wonderful immigration story Those of us who live in California southern or northern will appreciate the many spots of interests streets where you have walked I look forward to readbooks by Reyna this was my first

  3. Tucker Tucker says:

    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

  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    After reading Grande s thoughtful essay on American Dirt in January, I knew I wanted to readof her Grande crossed the US Mexican border as a child and writes authentically about living as an immigrant A Dream Called Home is about her adjustment to college and afterwards I found this memoir enjoyable and educational Grande writes with an open and passionate voice taking the reader along with her on her journey After reading Grande s thoughtful essay on American Dirt in January, I knew I wanted to readof her Grande crossed the US Mexican border as a child and writes authentically about living as an immigrant A Dream Called Home is about her adjustment to college and afterwards I found this memoir enjoyable and educational Grande writes with an open and passionate voice taking the reader along with her on her journey

  5. Dawnny Dawnny says:

    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 GypsyNovels N LatteBook Blog

  6. Jade Jade says:

    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 clich s 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 butthat 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 any, 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

  7. Aria Aria says:

    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 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

  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    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

  9. Carla Suto Carla Suto says:

    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 focuseson 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 focuseson 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 evenThis 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

  10. Michaela Michaela says:

    Disclosure I received this book for free from GoodreadsYeah, 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 whichDisclosure I received this book for free from GoodreadsYeah, 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 herTo 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 iswell liked, but I can t speak to that as this was my 1st experience w this author

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10 thoughts on “A Dream Called Home

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    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 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, her father a difficult, hard drinking man Reyna vowed she would make something of herself, work hard, go to college and make the most of her opportunities here in America.She does, and in a honest, no holds barred voice, she tells us of her journey, book mentally and physically Never feeling like she fit anywhere, her difficulties in defining herself, her heritage, culture The fear of being illegal, though that has been remedied, of getting caught, sent back Her fear of not making it, not being strong enough, smart enough Working hard,while in school, taking other jobs,smsll shared apartments, having to watch how every penny was spent Her struggle with her family, trying to make them proud of her but never succeeding no matter how much she thrived She does learnabout their own upbringing later, that helps her understand their actions Her fisits back to the poor village she was from to see her grandmother, other family that still lived there Realizing she now didn t fully fit in either place.Such an interesting and heartfelt story, putting a face to those who come here to escape poverty, for opportunities I admire her moxie, and if you read this I think you will too

  2. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Surprising VERY ENJOYABLE audiobook read by Yareli Arizmendi When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US Mexico 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 a different mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage.This story is intimate and real it IS REAL the writing flowed easily Surprising VERY ENJOYABLE audiobook read by Yareli Arizmendi When Reyna Grande was nine years old, she walked across the US Mexico 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 a different mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage.This story is intimate and real it IS REAL the writing flowed easily its one of those books where you feel like you re sitting in the same room listening to your friend tell you a story.I was in book reading heaven when Reyna shared about her life at UC Santa Cruz home of Sammy the Banana slug Half of my friends were at UC Santa Cruz when I was at UC Berkeley we use to weekend hop back to each others college campuses.Way too many memories Plus our daughter worked on campus when she performed with the Santa Cruz Shakespeare company so I ve her memories of living on campus too.Reyna s story is captivating, and heartfelt A wonderful immigration story Those of us who live in California southern or northern will appreciate the many spots of interests streets where you have walked I look forward to readbooks by Reyna this was my first

  3. Tucker Tucker says:

    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

  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    After reading Grande s thoughtful essay on American Dirt in January, I knew I wanted to readof her Grande crossed the US Mexican border as a child and writes authentically about living as an immigrant A Dream Called Home is about her adjustment to college and afterwards I found this memoir enjoyable and educational Grande writes with an open and passionate voice taking the reader along with her on her journey After reading Grande s thoughtful essay on American Dirt in January, I knew I wanted to readof her Grande crossed the US Mexican border as a child and writes authentically about living as an immigrant A Dream Called Home is about her adjustment to college and afterwards I found this memoir enjoyable and educational Grande writes with an open and passionate voice taking the reader along with her on her journey

  5. Dawnny Dawnny says:

    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 GypsyNovels N LatteBook Blog

  6. Jade Jade says:

    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 clich s 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 butthat 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 any, 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

  7. Aria Aria says:

    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 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

  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    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

  9. Carla Suto Carla Suto says:

    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 focuseson 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 focuseson 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 evenThis 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

  10. Michaela Michaela says:

    Disclosure I received this book for free from GoodreadsYeah, 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 whichDisclosure I received this book for free from GoodreadsYeah, 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 herTo 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 iswell liked, but I can t speak to that as this was my 1st experience w this author

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