A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande

A Dream Called Home

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 witho...

Details A Dream Called Home

TitleA Dream Called Home
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Reviews A Dream Called Home

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 trium...
  • 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 maki...
  • 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 bo...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 bega...
  • 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 th...
  • 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 gr...
  • 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...
  • 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 accom...
  • 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 h...
  • 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 f...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 othe...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Aimee
    Goodreads giveaway
  • Judy
    Though I didn’t read any of her other books, I really enjoyed this. She paints a good picture with her stories and you can picture her life.
  • Nancy
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.I enjoyed reading this. Should be required for those who consider people coming to the US from south of the border as undesirable.
  • Mike He
    Highly recommended for any new immigrant who aspires to build his or her own American Dream though education and self-esteem.