Sunday, May 4, 2014

ETCHED IN SAND: True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (REGINA CALCATERRA)

HarperCollins Publishers|July 29, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-221883-4

In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets - and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse.

Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, ETCHED IN SAND is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.

The first word out of my mouth after turning the last page was "WOW!!" What an unbelievable memoir this is. The abuse that these children unendured at the hands of their supposed mother is horrendous, especially Regina for it is HER story. These were industrious children who thought of ways to stick together under the direst of circumstances, all they had was each other. I thought their idea of stealing food from the grocery store using the boxes was pretty ingenious, although stealing is not good at any time, but these kids were literally starving to death. The ideas they came up with to keep them together just blew my mind, stupid children they were not by any stretch of the imagination. I commend them all for their courage and bravery and feel sorry for what Regina endured at the hands of her mother. The beatings were relentless and unbelievably horrible. This is one memoir I highly, highly recommend and if I could award it 100 stars, I would!

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