The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) welcomes 2014 One Maryland One Book author Reyna Grande to Maryland from September 28 – October 1, 2014 for a six-stop statewide tour to speak about her memoir, “The Distance Between Us.” Grande will start her tour at the Baltimore Book Festival, then travel to Washington, Carroll, Wicomico, Montgomery, and Charles Counties.
One Maryland One Book (OMOB), a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council, brings diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, and community settings to share a common reading experience through book discussions and companion programming each September and October.
The 2014 book was chosen by a committee of librarians, educators, authors and bibliophiles in January from a list of over 100 titles suggested last fall by readers across the state inspired by the theme, “the American Dream.”
In “The Distance Between Us: A Memoir,” 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.
Poignant, heartbreaking and lyrical, The Distance Between Us powerfully 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.
To find discussions and other programs or author tour information visit www.onemarylandonebook.org.