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Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club: Words of Change: Nov 2022: A Dream Called Home

Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club: Words of Change


We're excited to welcome author Reyna Grande for a discussion of her memoir A Dream Called Home. Please join us on Zoom on November 17, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. Zoom link here

College Student: University of California, Santa Cruz

Reyna Grande at Monterey Bay, California

Reyna Grande at Monterey Bay, California. Courtesy Reyna Grande

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Photo credit: UCSC Arts Division

UCSC, Facts and Figures

UCSC, Campus Life

UCSC, Orientation video

Meet the Author: Reyna Grande

author head shot

Photo Credit: Ara Arbabzadeh

Audio Excerpt, Pgs 1-5 of the book, 6 min audio

Author's Home Page

Entrevista a Reyna Grande, 2013, 7 min video 

My America:Reyna Grande on Writing & Belonging, 2019, 3 min video

Family Album: Origins in Mexico

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Reyna's family: with her siblings & her mama; her mama; her abuela.

Memoir – Neverending Stories

Reyna and her abuela, Mexico.

Read The Book: Ebook or Print Copies

Paperback copies are available for check-out at both Cuesta campus libraries and at local public libraries.


A Dream Called Home is a memoir by the award-winning Mexican American author, Reyna Grande, and a sequel to her bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, highlighting her childhood experience crossing the US-Mexico border.

We now follow Reyna as a first-generation college student at UC Santa Cruz, far from her home in Los Angeles. Post-university, she struggles to pursue her dream to become a writer as she searches for personal happiness.

PRAISE for A Dream Called Home:

Reyna Grande’s march towards her brilliant career astonishes me. She makes seemingly-disastrous choices, but bobs and floats through as buoyant as cork...Here is a life story so unbelievable, it could only be true.” 

-Sandra Cisneros, bestselling author of The House on Mango Street 

This uplifting story of fortitude and resilience looks deeply into the complexities of immigration and one woman’s struggle to adapt and thrive in America. ”

-Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED Review

Discuss the Book: Guide and Questions

Other Books by Reyna Grande (English & Spanish language editions)

Publisher's Reading Group Guide (scroll down page)  latest book