Maryland Humanities Council

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The 2014 One Maryland One Book

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande

A POIGNANT MEMOIR OF LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER ENTERING THE U.S. FROM MEXICO AS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT IS THE 2014 ONE MARYLAND ONE BOOK 

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this "compelling....unvarnished, resonant" (Book Page) story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries.  As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother. When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.  

Heartbreaking and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experienced are imprinted onthe heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

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Selected libraries will have copies of The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande in Spanish. If you want to become a partner and offer programming in Spanish or receive other materials, please e-mail rbusch@mdhc.org.

¡Se habla español! Algunas bibliotecas tendrán ejemplares en español de La Distancia Entre Nosotros de la autora Reyna Grande. Si usted quiere hacerse socio y ofrecer programación en español, o recibir otros recursos y materiales, por favor escriba a rbusch@mdhc.org.

In its seventh year, One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Readers are then invited to participate in book-centered discussions and other associated programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges and universities, museums, bookstores, and community and senior centers. Programs will take place each year in the fall. A calendar of free public events will be available online this summer.

 


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist 2013

One of the Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2012 (School Library Journal)

One the 15 Best Books of 2012 (The Christian Science Monitor)

 


WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE BOOK

“Reyna Grande is a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer with an important story to tell.” -Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
“The sadness at the heart of Grande’s story is unrelenting; this is the opposite of a light summer read. But that’s OK, because . . . this book should have a long shelf life.” -Slate

“A timely and a vivid example of how poverty and immigration can destroy a family.” -The Daily Beast

“A brutally honest book… the “Angela’s Ashes” of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.” –the Los Angeles Times

“Grande captivates and inspires.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

“…[A] touching and enormously personal memoir… puts a face on issues that stir vehement debate.”—Booklist