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One Maryland One Book 2014: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande

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Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this "compelling...unvarnished, resonant" 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 on the heart forever, reminding us of those places we first called home.

About the Author

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She later went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea. Upon learning that her book was chosen [for One Maryland, One Book], Grande remarked, “For being a writer, I’m afraid I'm at a loss for words!”

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Wandering Books

TransIT and Frederick County Public Libraries have recently partnered to introduce a "Wandering Book Program” to TransIT riders and Frederick County residents. Copies of The Distance Between Us: A Memoir will be randomly distributed on TransIT Connector buses in English and Spanish with clues to the location given on TransIT’s Facebook page. Look for clues beginning in mid-August!

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by Steven Galloway
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Outcasts United by Warren St. John
Song Yet Sung by James McBride
A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind

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