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

Paperback | August 6, 2013

byRegina Calcaterra

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Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope.
 
Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.
 
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.
 
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.

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Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find t...

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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 abuseRegina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster...

Regina Calcaterra was appointed executive director of New York State's Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response by Governor Andrew Cuomo after she assisted in the recovery of Superstorm Sandy in her capacity as chief deputy executive for Suffolk County. She has provided commentary on politics and policy on national...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062218832

ISBN - 13:9780062218834

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

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book I must say this is one of the better books I have read. I do enjoy fact over fiction and some of the accounts here are almost unbelievable. To think that these situations are real brings one back t reality and you thank yourself for what you have and realize you are not having a bad day at all!
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Etched In Sand Awesome book, an incredible story! Quite sad at times.
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Etched in sand Loved this book!
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Etched in sand I really liked this book. I could hardly put it down, had to find out what happened next.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Etched in Sand Very good. Triumph over adversity... The determination of the human spirit.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Etched in Sand This is a beautiful book written from the heart. The author has lived these experiences, and now is touching all of our lives. She allows us to know that anything is possible, no matter what the circumstances. Never give up on your dreams, and know there are people who Will HELP you. She pays it forward everyday. Thank You for sharing and for caring. A must read!!!! True story.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Etched in Sand A very good read of triumph over a hard life lead.
Date published: 2013-08-18

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Courageous and fascinating, written with a descriptive restraint that recalls moments of tragedy and perseverance with simplicity and subtlety… Calcaterra concludes her story with the genuine sentiment that ‘we all have to believe.’ At the end of this unforgettable book, readers will.