Although I strongly admire the author and all she had to endure, I had a difficult time connecting with her voice through out the book. A "mother" who is a drunk and uses her body to get what she wants, takes her children on a journey that will change them forever. Sometimes left on their own, with no food, no heat in the winter, in and out of foster care (sometimes good but mostly bad) how they ever survived is beyond me. Author’s Note ETCHED IN SAND is the true story of the experiences I shared with my siblings from our childhood to the present day. Heartbreak, abuse, and a broken system are what you find in this book. It's been proven that just because you can doesn't mean you should. Why didn’t an editor or agent with with this woman to help shape the book? Call me cold-hearted but I just didn't buy into this story. I am still curious what happened in Cookie's past. [was how other family members, teachers, neighbors ANYONE never seemed to be able to help. She and her four siblings are beaten, starved and do a better job of raising each other than when Cookie(they refuse to call her mom) stays home,. This title was masterfully authored by Regina Calcaterra, who is a prominent lawyer, New York State government official, and activist for children's rights. You will never again take your toothpaste and brush for granted. In the highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller Etched in Sand, Regina Calcaterra pairs with her youngest sister Rosie to tell Rosie’s harrowing, yet ultimately triumphant, story of childhood abuse and survival. Regina Calcaterra, who is now a highly successful public advocate lawyer involved in NYS Government, courageously shares the painful, desperate world of her impoverished childhood in suburban Long Island. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. She is a partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz and is a passionate advocate for children in foster care. This title was masterfully authored by Regina Calcaterra, who is a prominent lawyer, New York State government official, and activist for children's rights. ISBN: 9780062218841. Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by Regina Calcaterra is the true story of the abuse and neglect the author and her siblings suffered through - at the hands of their mother and in a system that wasn't working as it should. Harrowing, heartbreaking, inspiring. My siblings consented to the publication of Etched in Sand and the use of their proper names in the forthcoming pages. Regina Calcaterra, Esq. The book exposes the inadequacies of our social and economic safety net, and highlights the vital role played public schools and libraries as safe havens and support. “Weren’t you eleven last”, “On the days that feel dark and endless, I make myself a simple promise: I’ll get out of bed in the morning. It is absolutely amazing how the author of this book and her siblings rose above their tragic childhood! Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island Paperback – August 6, 2013 by Regina Calcaterra (Author) We’d love your help. "Etched in Sand" tells a haunting biography of the author's childhood through mistreatment, abuse, and homelessness. The book's a genuine tear-jerker. Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, 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. Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Constantly siding with Cookie even with all the evidence???? “I’m thirteen—and a half.” He looks at me suspiciously. Their mother "Cookie" is a violent, abusive obstacle that makes survival much harder as she spends the little money they acquire on her own destructive needs. Author's Note. Hands down one of the best books I have ever read. p. 17. Author of Etched in Sand Honest Book Review of ETCHED IN SAND A TRUE STORY OF FIVE SIBLINGS WHO by REGINA CALCATER Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand. View Regina’s Upcoming Appearances. Author’s Note E TCHED IN S AND is the true story of the experiences I shared with my siblings from our childhood to the present day. Regina Calcaterra : "Etched in Sand" / Regina Calcaterra; sponsored by the Reading/BEP Department Call Number: Video HV885.L66 C35 2016 Recorded live at Nassau Community College on November 8, 2016. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Regina Calcaterra’s memoir Etched in Sand, A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (HarperCollins Publishing, 2013) is a #1 international best-seller and a New York Times best-seller. Page: 320. Th. She is the middle child of 5 siblings of 5 different but absent fathers, who suffer the abuses of their mentally ill, alcoholic and drug addicted single mother. Each story is horrific and moving with a unique version of living hell. Though separated from the late Maya Angelou by age, race and geography, Regina Calcaterra is emerging as a next generation icon. Resilient, fiercely protective of each other, and remarkably wise scavengers, they discover means of survival independent of any parental support. Regina notes that her childhood made her very aware of how people in power can impact the lives of others and this knowledge helped lead her to her present day career in public service. Did it make you realize something that you perhaps took for granted? Sounds fancy? It could have ended with her first job, quickly summarized her adult life- possibly with a focus on her role as a leader in Long Island. Regina Calcaterra’s memoir Etched in Sand, A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (HarperCollins Publishing, 2013) is a #1 international best-seller and a New York Times best-seller. Refresh and try again. A mother's favoritism and selfishness leave her children mentally and physically hurt. Despite the extreme poverty and constant abuse from her mother, a fragmented education and unpredictable housing, Regina was able to help raise herself, and her siblings, to become stable adults and parents. A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all. is the bestselling author of Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island, which has been integrated into academic curriculums nationwide. Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by Regina Calcaterra is the true story of the abuse and neglect the author and her siblings suffered through - at the hands of their mother and in a system that wasn't working as it should. It was really amazing to read this book where there are so many bad things going on and to see that good things can still come out of the bad. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with challenges of strife and intermittent homelessness in the back alleys of Manhattan and Long Island. Regina speaks nationally about her books messages and how we can all impact the life of a child in need. As a result of Etched in Sand’s messages of resilience, optimism, the plight of foster children, that no child is a lost cause and how we can all positively impact the life of a child in need, it has been integrated into college and high school curricula throughout the U.S. and been selected for community reads. Regina serves as the second vice chair to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board; and, on Advisory Committees for the  New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, You Gotta Believe, an organization that works to get older foster youth adopted; and The Felix Organization, an organization that provides inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing in the foster care system. This is one of those books where the subject matter is incredibly intense but you will be absolutely drawn to this story. I’m standing and clapping right now. As these children did, they are afraid to tell for fear of being separated from their siblings, punished or other reasons so they carry the abuse in silence. Camarillo Reads - One City, One Book - Talk with Author of Etched in Sand, Regina Calcaterra Regina Calcaterra Page 2/28. Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Regina M. 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