A Ballad of Love and Glory Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

A Ballad of Love and Glory


  • Author : Reyna Grande
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2022-03-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982165284
  • Total Read : 62
  • File Size : 10,7 Mb

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A Ballad of Love and Glory Summary:

A Long Petal of the Sea meets Cold Mountain in this “epic and exquisitely wrought” (Patricia Engel, New York Times bestselling author) saga following a Mexican army nurse and an Irish soldier who must fight, at first for their survival and then for their love, amidst the atrocity of the Mexican-American War—from the author of The Distance Between Us. A forgotten war. An unforgettable romance. The year is 1846. After the controversial annexation of Texas, the US Army marches south to provoke war with México over the disputed Río Grande boundary. Ximena Salomé is a gifted Mexican healer who dreams of building a family with the man she loves on the coveted land she calls home. But when Texas Rangers storm her ranch and shoot her husband dead, her dreams are burned to ashes. Vowing to honor her husband’s memory and defend her country, Ximena uses her healing skills as a nurse on the frontlines of the ravaging war. Meanwhile, John Riley, an Irish immigrant in the Yankee army desperate to help his family escape the famine devastating his homeland, is sickened by the unjust war and the unspeakable atrocities against his countrymen by nativist officers. In a bold act of defiance, he swims across the Río Grande and joins the Mexican Army—a desertion punishable by execution. He forms the St. Patrick’s Battalion, a band of Irish soldiers willing to fight to the death for México’s freedom. When Ximena and John meet, a dangerous attraction blooms between them. As the war intensifies, so does their passion. Swept up by forces with the power to change history, they fight not only for the fate of a nation but for their future together. “A grand and soulful novel by a storyteller who has hit her full stride” (Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies), A Ballad of Love and Glory effortlessly illuminates a largely forgotten moment in history that impacts the US–México border to this day.

A Ballad of Love and Glory Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

A Ballad of Love and Glory


  • Author : Reyna Grande
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2023-01-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781982165277
  • Total Read : 62
  • File Size : 14,9 Mb

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A Ballad of Love and Glory Summary:

"A Long Petal of the Sea meets Luis Alberto Urrea's The House of Broken Angels in this epic historical romance about a Mexican woman and an Irish-American soldier who fall in love in the thick of the Mexican-American War"--

The Distance Between Us Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Distance Between Us


  • Author : Reyna Grande
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-08-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451661804
  • Total Read : 83
  • File Size : 10,9 Mb

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The Distance Between Us Summary:

In this inspirational and unflinchingly honest memoir, acclaimed author Reyna Grande describes her childhood torn between the United States and Mexico, and shines a light on the experiences, fears, and hopes of those who choose to make the harrowing journey across the border. 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. Also available in Spanish as La distancia entre nosotros.

Across a Hundred Mountains Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Across a Hundred Mountains


  • Author : Reyna Grande
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2007-05-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743269582
  • Total Read : 61
  • File Size : 8,8 Mb

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Across a Hundred Mountains Summary:

Leaving her small Mexico hometown after years of caring for her mother, Juana Garcia embarks on a search for the father who disappeared nineteen years earlier and teams up with Adelina Vasquez, who left her family to pursue forbidden love. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

A Dream Called Home Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

A Dream Called Home


  • Author : Reyna Grande
  • Publisher : Washington Square Press
  • Release Date : 2019-07-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501171437
  • Total Read : 96
  • File Size : 16,5 Mb

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A Dream Called Home Summary:

From bestselling author of the remarkable memoir, The Distance Between Us comes an inspiring account of one woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family one fearless word at a time. “Here is a life story so unbelievable, it could only be true” (Sandra Cisneros, bestselling author of The House on Mango Street). As an immigrant in an unfamiliar country, with an indifferent mother and abusive father, Reyna had few resources at her disposal. Taking refuge in words, Reyna’s love of reading and writing propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Although her acceptance is a triumph, the actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, who is now estranged from her family and support system. Again, she finds solace in words, holding fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream. Through it all, Reyna is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to “a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild); a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist whose “power is growing with every book” (Luis Alberto Urrea, Pultizer Prize finalist); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect. Told in Reyna’s exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  A Hunger Games Novel  Book
Score: 3.5
From 53 Ratings

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes A Hunger Games Novel


  • Author : Suzanne Collins
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2020-05-19
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9781338635188
  • Total Read : 60
  • File Size : 17,9 Mb

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes A Hunger Games Novel Summary:

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory


  • Author : Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2019-06-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524732028
  • Total Read : 93
  • File Size : 20,9 Mb

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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory Summary:

Written with all the scathing dark humor that is a hallmark of BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg delivers a fabulously off-beat collection of short stories about love—the best and worst thing in the universe. Featuring: • A young engaged couple forced to deal with interfering relatives dictating the appropriate number of ritual goat sacrifices for their wedding. • A pair of lonely commuters who ride the subway in silence, forever, eternally failing to make that longed-for contact. • A struggling employee at a theme park of U.S. presidents who discovers that love can’t be genetically modified. And fifteen more tales of humor, romance, whimsy, cultural commentary, and crushing emotional vulnerability.

Somewhere We Are Human Book

Somewhere We Are Human


  • Author : Reyna Grande
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2022-06-07
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780063095793
  • Total Read : 94
  • File Size : 5,7 Mb

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Somewhere We Are Human Summary:

""Wide-ranging yet consistently affecting, these pieces offer a crucial and inspired survey of the immigrant experience in America."" –Publishers Weekly "[These contributions] touch on so many different facets of the immigrant experience that readers will find much to ponder... [and] experience how creative writing enriches our understanding of each other and our lives." –Booklist Introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen A unique collection of 41 groundbreaking essays, poems, and artwork by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today. In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this complex issue. The immigrants and refugees living precariously in the United States are mothers and fathers, children, neighbors, and friends. Individuals propelled by hope and fear, they gamble their lives on the promise of America, yet their voices are rarely heard. This anthology of essays, poetry, and art seeks to shift the immigration debate—now shaped by rancorous stereotypes and xenophobia—towards one rooted in humanity and justice. Through their storytelling and art, the contributors to this thought-provoking book remind us that they are human still. Transcending their current immigration status, they offer nuanced portraits of their existence before and after migration, the factors behind their choices, the pain of leaving their homeland and beginning anew in a strange country, and their collective hunger for a future not defined by borders. Created entirely by undocumented or formerly undocumented migrants, Somewhere We Are Human is a journey of memory and yearning from people newly arrived to America, those who have been here for decades, and those who have ultimately chosen to leave or were deported. Touching on themes of race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, politics, and parentho