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A Dream Called Home

Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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From best-selling author Reyna Grande - whose remarkable memoir The Distance Between Us has become required reading in schools across the country - comes an inspiring account of one woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family one fearless word at a time.

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 an indifferent mother, an abusive, alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage.

With so few resources at her disposal, Reyna finds refuge in words, and it is her love of reading and writing that propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Although her acceptance is a triumph, the actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, who is now once again estranged from her family and support system. Again, she finds solace in words, holding fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream.

Through it all, Reyna is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to “a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild); a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist “speak[ing] for millions of immigrants whose voices have gone unheard” (Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect.

Told in Reyna’s exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.

©2018 Reyna Grande (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Beautiful

I just finished listening and really loved the story. It drew me in and I looked forward to resuming it each morning on my daily commute. Also, the reader did a wonderful job.

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  • LBM
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  • 10-17-18

great story!!

Ms. Grande, great story! In addition, I'm so happy you have Ms. Arzmendi as your reader a great compliment to your story.

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Great read!!

I really enjoyed listening and learning about Reyna Grande’s journey. The narrator did a great job. I was a little uneasy after reading (& listening) comments of her first audible. I did have tears at the end and I deeply enjoyed each chapter! Must read/ listen.

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fantastic read!

I was vividly living Reyna's experiences, she allowed me to positively relive my memories! outstanding, easy ready and the narrator was awesome.

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My gut feeling told me to continue

I was not sure what to think of the book. I read the first couple chapters not once but 3 times. I was not very interested- but my gut kept telling me to read it again.

I am so glad I did- I could not wait to get in my car- take a break- even go to bed or wake up just so I can continue with the story.

At the end- I had this knot on my stomach and tears just started to flow. I was so immersed in the book- I was just full of all sorts of emotions.

Thank you for these emotions that are hard to embrace at times. Looking forward to reading more of her books.

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Loved everything about the book

I enjoyed the narration of this book much more than "The Distance Between Us." The narration made the book come to life. I am a true fan of Reyna Grande and can not wait to read or listen to her other work.

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Great read

I have the privilege of being friends with the author. It’s always interesting when you’re reading a memoir about someone you know. However, I feel that Reyna’s book Is an intimate portrait of the immigrant experience and you really get to see it through her eyes. It’s a very timely and important book in a recommend it highly. It is definitely one of those books that keeps you reading and or listening to and you’re sad when it’s over.

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Interansente...of been immigrant Latino

Love from the beginning of how the reread, flow the story. I read & listening to books at work, and I always look for something from my own culture of been a Latino. I noticed this book on my audio application Amazon app, and wanted to have the chance of read or listened, finally after a month of waiting.... I love it can wait to listen some more at work thanks for writing this Book, I will recommend to my Daughters and friends.