The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) has announced the selection of The Distance Between Us: a Memoir by Reyna Grande for One Maryland One Book 2014. The 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 under the theme, “the American Dream.”
Upon learning that her book was chosen, Grande remarked, “For being a writer, I’m afraid I'm at a loss for words! I'm deeply honored that The Distance Between Us is this year's selection for One Maryland One Book, and I'm thrilled to have a chance to meet the wonderful people of Maryland. Immigrants are often made to feel that our stories don't matter, or that we don't have a voice. I'm humbled that my immigrant story was chosen to be the springboard for lively conversations on what the American Dream means today. I'm very much looking forward to my visit! "
Phoebe Stein, executive director of MHC said, “The selection of Reyna Grande’s memoir presents an important opportunity for timely discussion across Maryland this fall. Immigration has played a major role in the growth and cultural evolution of the United States. One Maryland One Book has an excellent track record of encouraging open discussion, and I look forward to seeing what programs evolve across the state where people can share their thoughts about Grande’s experience and the insights provided through the lens of her point of view.”