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.
©2013 Regina Calcaterra (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I have listened to both sister's books and come away a bit ashamed to consider my own life challenges as quite as difficult as before. The ability to survive not only in tact but to have come as far as these sisters and brother have...and with the willingness to share their story has changed my heart forever and i am blessed to have listened to both books.
"I love the sound of Regina's voice"
I love books that are read by the author. Regina was the only narrator that could have told this jaw dropping history. I love her accent, it made me connect to her story that much more. I wanted to reach back in time and help her. This book is excellent.
"Big eye-opener about our Foster Care system"
This non-fiction book was very disturbing in a very
inspiring way. This story will stay with me a long time.
We need to pay attention!
"A wonderfully told story"
The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.
That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.
Regina herself without a doubt.
Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.
This book will hook you from the very start.
"Amazing story .Could not put it down."
Yes .. the story was voiced in such a way you wanted to reach out and hug those kids and never let them live like that again.
Over and over she constantly climb up and out of so much cruelty.And had such unbelievable courage and faith to keep going when a lot of others would have gave up.
Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.
This story will always stay with me.
The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!
You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!
When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.
I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.
"Amazing, heart wrenching story"
It amazes me that a child can be so strong and so smart. This is an incredible story of a child that was destined for a horrible life but she decided for a different outcome. One of the best books I have had the pleasure to know.
No, simply because I do not typically re read or re watch / listen to books, stories etc.
This book made me so frustrated with the system....and obviously helpless to help.
It was amazing that these little souls endured what they did. The story was well written and narrated.
"Every one should read this book"
I could not put this book down
I got tearful so many times
It has touched me in a way that no book has ever done it .
Beautifully done beautifully read
"everyone should read this"
thank you for your strength and courage! your story reflects so many. society can not just look away.
"enspiring, amazing, heart-wrenching with a happy ending"
This book was brought to my attention in my diversity in education class. I needed to choose a book for a book report and this was not it but it peaked my curiosity since I grew up in northeast New Jersey. Regina is one of the most inspiring women I have ever read about besides David Pelzer, he wrote the child called it 3 book series. I wanted her to know that this has inspired me to write my memoirs. I too have lived a horrific existance. I want to thank you for opening those wounds and sharing your story. I couldn't put it down
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