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Book Discussion: "The Distance Between Us: A Memoir" by Reyna Grande

!!!LOCATION CHANGE!!!  Sorry for the late notice, but I just became aware of the potential traffic problems and road closures on Thursday in the Mockingbird/75 area because of the presidential library opening - so I have decided to move our discussion to La Madeleine at Preston and Forest, where we've met several times before. I'll pull some table together and have a Meetup sign.


I read this book and thought it would be great for discussion - not only does it shed light on some of the real people behind the headlines about the immigration debate, but it also raises a lot of questions about the meaning of family, home, choices, how individuals deal with adversity, etc...

From the Amazon website:

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this “compelling . . . unvarnished, resonant” (BookPage) 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.

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

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  • Rose B.

    I really liked the book, too. I wanted to go but had a time conflict.

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet Susan and to discuss the book. I was amazed at how closely our observations lined up! Just wish others had been able to attend.

    1 · April 25, 2013

  • Judit

    I am sorry but I have to skip this today, I am not feeling well. I really liked the book, I wish I could go.

    April 25, 2013

  • Kay

    I now have a conflict and won't be able to come after all. I really enjoyed the book however. I am sorry to miss the discussion

    April 19, 2013

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