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Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island | [Regina Calcaterra]

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Stefanie Jensen 05-30-14 Member Since 2013

    I love listening to books and I despise bad narrators.

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    "I love the sound of Regina's voice"
    Where does Etched in Sand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-29-14
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    "Amazing story .Could not put it down."
    Would you listen to Etched in Sand again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Regina Calcaterra’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Heart went out to kids..babies had such a horrifying mother.very sad.but very encouraging.


    Any additional comments?

    This story will always stay with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-29-14
    Angela 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring!"
    What did you love best about Etched in Sand?

    The story is so well told, I feel like I know Regina and her siblings!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You will walk away feeling inspired by Regina's heart and determination!


    What does Regina Calcaterra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When she calls her little sister Rosie, "Mia bambino", you can hear her heart and love for her sister.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love that they all have their own individual happy endings but they stay a family.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-30-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-30-14
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    "Tragic, yet full of hope"
    What about Regina Calcaterra’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes narrators overplay or underplay their own performance, but Regina Calcaterra did a wonderful job narrating her story. Her accent and pitch were terrific!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There were portions that were very difficult to read, but I wanted to see how Regina and her siblings grew and changed and overcame the brutality and inconsistency of their childhood.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not an easy read, and the portions regarding Regina's law suit got a bit confusing, but it is well worth the time and credit. Regina and her siblings are tough, streetsmart and resilient, doing what they had to do to stay together and make better adulthoods for themselves.
    Good work!

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    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-23-14
    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A wonderfully told story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Etched in Sand to be better than the print version?

    The Audio version was great, did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a raw, true, emotional story told by the real character herself.


    Which character – as performed by Regina Calcaterra – was your favorite?

    Regina herself without a doubt.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I was often angry, afraid, happy and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will hook you from the very start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 08-08-14
    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2011

    Karen of Northern Michigan

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    "incredible story of survival...Great listen"

    I think everyone has hardships they've lived through, many at the hands of their parents and family, but this family of children went through unthinkable hardships because of their abusive mother... It's amazing hearing what the kids figured out they had to do to survive, but even more amazing to know how far they all went in life and what they accomplished, especially the author, Regina Calcaterra... Enjoyed this book very much.. I hope it spurs some loving people into thinking about becoming foster care parents.. I have always heard that there is abuse among foster care, which is just so sad and unfortunate.. Foster care needs parents who really, really do care about children...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Wade 05-27-14
    Beth Wade 05-27-14
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    "BORING!"
    What did you like best about Etched in Sand? What did you like least?

    I love the Author's accent. I'm from "the area" she grew up in, and it made me feel nostalgic for "Home".


    Has Etched in Sand turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was excited when she heard from her father.....but don't want to give out spoilers so I can't say why my excitement was short lived.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Regina Calcaterra’s life?

    I just think she is angry at her mom. I did not and will not finish the book, it's that "blah". I know that she had a tough life, but many of us did. I am sorry she had to endure what she did, and I KNOW how hard abuse is on children.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really turned off when she brought politics into her story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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