Student Diversity and Inclusion Services has chosen The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande as its 2017 J-Term Book Club selection. The Distance Between Us brings home the extreme risks and impossible choices those fleeing poverty and danger in Mexico are forced to accept – family separation, harrowing border crossings, perpetual fear of deportation – in hope of finding a better life, and reunification, in the United States.
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir is a compelling coming of age story about a young Mexican girl whose family decides to search for a better life and a more secure future beyond the bounds of the poor rural community they call home. The author helps us understand that when given bad choices by the circumstances of life, we make decisions and then must live with the consequences no matter how unexpected they might be.
Copies of The Distance Between Us will be distributed to all students who are J Term Book club participants.
Discussions will take Thursdays during the noon hour during the month of January. A visit by the author to campus on March 1st 10 will include a presentation open to the public. Details of the event will be made available, as the date approaches, on the SDIS website.
We believe The Distance Between Us will engage students and spur conversation campus-wide on a timely topic – immigration.