Books by Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande was born in Guerrero, Mexico in 1975. When she was five years old her father and mother left for the U.S. and left her and her siblings in care of her grandmother. She entered the U.S. as an illegal immigrant in 1985. She attended Pasadena Ci


A DREAM CALLED HOME by Reyna Grande
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A heartfelt, inspiring, and relevant memoir."
An award-winning author's account of how she became the first person in her family to attend college and live the dream of becoming a writer. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Reyna Grande
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"This heartrending and thoughtful memoir puts a human face on immigration's personal toll. (Memoir. 12-18)"
This moving coming-of-age memoir by novelist Grande was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in 2012. It has now been adapted for a younger audience. Read full book review >
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Reyna Grande
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A standout immigrant coming-of-age story."
In her first nonfiction book, novelist Grande (Dancing with Butterflies, 2009, etc.) delves into her family's cycle of separation and reunification. Read full book review >
DANCING WITH BUTTERFLIES by Reyna Grande
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Absorbing arcana about butterflies and Folklórico traditions, descriptions of food way beyond burritos, not to mention an unflinching depiction of the immigration debacle's personal toll, underscore the fierce humanity of these wise-Latinas-in-training."
Four Los Angelenas connected to the vibrant world of Mexican Folklórico dance tell their stories. Read full book review >
ACROSS A HUNDRED MOUNTAINS by Reyna Grande
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2006

"A politically well-timed tale of the journey to El Norte."
An affecting debut on Mexican poverty, illegal immigration and cosmic injustice. Read full book review >