ND Reads

Each year Notre Dame selects a book to read and discuss as a community of students, faculty, alums and friends. Books are selected that explore and deepen our school's culture of Education for Justice and Leadership by engaging our community in academic scholarship and intentional dialogue that reflects our Catholic identity.

In addition to reading the book and discussing underlying themes throughout the integrated school program, students and the community typically meet the author during a campus visit in the fall. In the past fifteen years, through this ND Reads program, our school community has touched on many topics.  We have traveled to Africa to study the Rwandan genocide, journeyed with a young monk seal and learned about climate change from his perspective, explored how to stand in kinship with gang members, and memorialized the 60th anniversary of integrating schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, just to name a few.  

17th Annual ND Reads

For the 2023-24 academic year, our community selected "A Dream Called Home," a memoir by Reyna Grande. The author came to our campus for a student assembly and community event on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 14. Please look for the article about her visit in the upcoming edition of the annual report, Ora Et Labora.  

We invite you to join us in this year's read!

A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande book cover
La búsqueda de un sueño by Reyna Grande book cover

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.

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.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoirs, "The Distance Between Us" and "A Dream Called Home," where she writes about her life before and after she arrived in the United States from Mexico as an undocumented child immigrant. Her other works include the novels "Across a Hundred Mountains," "Dancing with Butterflies", and most recently, "A Ballad of Love and Glory." She is also co-editor of the anthology "Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival and New Beginnings." Her newest book, published in May 2023, is her young reader’s adaptation of "Spare Parts: The True Story of Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and an Impossible Dream," by Joshua Davis. Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country. Reyna is the recipient of several awards, including an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature, and a California Latino Spirit Award. In March 2023, she was honored with the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. Reyna is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, where she has also served as faculty.


The Color of Air
by Gail Tsukiyama


World of Wonders
by Aimee Nezhukumatathil


A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza '09


The Color of Law
by Richard Rothstein
Reaching Out
by Francisco Jimenez


The Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers


Lessons From Little Rock
by Terrence Roberts


Stealing Buddha's Dinner
by Bich Minh Nguyen


The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal and  Marine Biologist's Fight to Save a Species
by Terrie M. Williams


La Verdad
by Mary Jo Ignoffo & Lucia Cerna


Tattoos on the Heart
by Gregory Boyle, S.J.


I'm Not Leaving
by Carl Wilkins


Enrique's Journey
by Sonia Nazario


A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini


The Distant Land of My Fathers
by Bo Caldwell


Funny in Farsi
by Firoozeh Dumas


Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin