Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (2020)

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 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 childh
  • Title: Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island
  • Author: Regina Calcaterra
  • ISBN: 9780062218834
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island Regina Calcaterra 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.
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  1. Petra X

    The book s a genuine tear jerker Five little children all abused, a couple of them worse than the others with beatings and imprisonment, starvation and whatever else their mother their five fathers were not present could think up when she was present and not off on one of her months long jaunts You might think this was in some far off country, but no it was in NY.They were let down time and again by social services so much so that they felt all the abuse was worth it just to stay together With e [...]

  2. Sara Strand

    I don t know where to start this review other than to say this isn t a book for the faint of heart As a parent myself, there were parts of this book that were really hard for me to digest because I don t know how a person could care so little for their child, let alone five children I really struggled through parts of this book because you want to think that things can t get any worse but you know that they will and they do And it really just affirms my personal belief that you shouldn t be allo [...]

  3. Clif Hostetler

    Reading this book is made tolerable only by the fact that the reader is informed in the Prologue that it has a happy ending an example of survival beyond expectations from a horrendous childhood family environment It makes a wonderful story when children from this sort of background are able to thrive as adults I hate to consider how many examples may exist where children never manage to free themselves from the grip of poverty and abuse.Whenever I hear a story such as this I suspect that there [...]

  4. Carmen Blankenship

    Etched in Sand This book put me through the wringer, and I was just the reader Regina Calcaterra shares with us the brutal, torcherous, and horrendous abuse she and her 4 siblings endured at the hand of the mother Cookie Calcaterra I am not sure I have felt such intense hatred for a charachter in a book in my entire life She was a viscous narcissist who in no way should have been allowed to have children, let alone five What is refreshing about this memoir is Regina Calcaterra s voice I believe [...]

  5. Terry

    Etched In Sand arrived yesterday I was up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this beautifully written, compelling memoir 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 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 They a [...]

  6. Licha

    Call me cold hearted but I just didn t buy into this story I am ready to lump this one right alongside A Child Called It The author never comes across as likable, in fact I quite disliked her She at times acts arrogant, ungrateful, and entitled There s a point where Regina finally tells the truth to authorities and she ends up in a foster home where so is so ungrateful to the people who take her in and treat her well that I shut down any empathy I may have had for her.It was a little hard for me [...]

  7. Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    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 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.Regina has two older sister, C [...]

  8. Cindy

    4.5 stars, but A BIG PROBLEM.Great memoir Bravely written and a wonderful example of internal and personal perseverance HOWEVER, it s important to point out, a major disconnect in the author s perceptions I m still amazed at how emotionally stilted being in the foster care system can be for children who grow into emotionally stilted adults I was taken aback at her contempt of the overworked, underfunded social service system Her utter stoicism and total unappreciative nature for her foster paren [...]

  9. Avi Morris

    Whenever I start to read a memoir about a difficult childhood, I think, well, it probably isn t going to be all that different from the others, and I m invariably wrong Each story is horrific and moving with a unique version of living hell In Etched in Sand, Regina Calcaterra recounts in vivid, simple prose the misery and chaos she and her three sisters and a brother faced living with their brutal mother, and too often without her as for months at a time they would have to fend for themselves as [...]

  10. Phyllis

    This book, written by Regina Calceterra is about the lives of her three sisters and brother growing up with an alcoholic and an extremely emotionally, mentally and physically abusive mother I don t even know where to start with this Sometimes homeless, sometimes living in the worst of living conditions these children managed to survive 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 I wa [...]

  11. Jennifer Lynn Harrison

    Unbelievable In a reading challenge I am doing for this site, I needed to read a book that featured SAND on the cover I know, right So, I thought that this one looked promising and the Kindle price was right I am always interested in stories about the foster care system in America, as I see so many ways it can be improved upon and I live in Canada For this reason, I have always read the books of Cathy Glass, who writes about her experiences as a foster mom, and thought reading a book about this [...]

  12. Linda Toft

    It is absolutely amazing how the author of this book and her siblings rose above their tragic childhood They lived their lives with a damaged mother who s contribution was to give birth to them then often leave them to fend for themselves, a flawed system that continued to fail these children and society s ability not to see what was happening to them They experienced so much damage, mentally and physically from those closest to them, yet they have grown up to be so much than their background I [...]

  13. Lectus

    Who is Regina Calcaterra Well, currently, she is the Chief Deputy Executive of Suffolk County Sounds fancy What is interesting is Regina s life Raised by an abusive mother, Regina and her four siblings endured a tragic childhood facing hunger, physical, psychological abuse, and their share of foster care.In Etched in Sand, Regina proudly recounts the early years of her life until she became a lawyer and a New York State Official.The book is an inspiration for those living in poverty and whoever [...]

  14. Dawn Triola

    What an inspiring bring things into perspective book First of all, Regina, thank you for rising above your horrible upbringing and being strong enough in the end to tell your story.Growing up in NJ, so close to NY, I never heard of this horrible woman who not only had 5 children but then refused to be a mother to them The conditions these children grew up in are incredibly horrific I wish this mother was still alive to read her daughters story and to see what a monster she was This book is defin [...]

  15. DeB MaRtEnS

    Read it in one sitting A remarkable story of these five children who managed to grow into strong adults by creating a family unit within themselves and with their determination to protect it from their abusive mother or separation from social services Harrowing, heartbreaking, inspiring Wonderful Read it

  16. Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)

    Regina Calcaterra s powerful memoir, Etched In Sand, begins with her flying over the ravaged neighborhoods of Long Island following the hurricane, Super Storm Sandy As chief deputy executive of Suffolk County, it is Regina Calcaterra s job to regulate, not just post disaster funding, but any government resources her county receives Calcaterra s career in public service is not accidental growing up with four siblings and an abusive, neglectful, alcoholic mother and an ineffective foster child sys [...]

  17. Allison Hiltz

    From The Book Wheel I don t even know where to start This book is just that powerful I ve been putting off writing this review because I was trying to figure out how to put into words the impact it had on me and I ve finally realized that I m speechless Absolutely speechless And we all know that never happens I read this book from cover to cover until 4 am and cried for the Calcaterra kids on numerous occasions.I m getting my Master s in Public Policy, so this book impacted me on two levels The [...]

  18. david

    There are just too many stories available to any reader, in this day of instant access, of atrocities horrors that have befallen a child, a person, an animal, a country of people.And this is just another one of them.The woman who authors this memoir is a politician and an attorney, both jobs of questionable personal veracity if one were to develop a truth matrix In a similar Didion esque way, this story leaves a bad taste in the mouth.I do not dabble in widely read books and I thank this book fo [...]

  19. Meg - A Bookish Affair

    Etched in Sand blew me away This is one of those books where the subject matter is incredibly intense but you will be absolutely drawn to this story Regina and her siblings lived through such horrible things at the hands of their mother and they come out on the other side and are able to overcome their situation 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.Ms Calcaterra tells her story in an unflinch [...]

  20. Beth Hatch

    I ve been on a mission to learn why some children of dysfunctional, abusive homes are able to live and thrive and become successful and some children do not Some grow up and become dependent on drugs and alcohol and perpetuate the cycle of abuse some stop the cycle and are able to create a loving family and successful career despite their upbringing After reading this book, and others, as well as personal experience, I am starting to think that a child needs two things to be able to be able to o [...]

  21. Marilyn Souza

    Luckily, Regina Calcaterra lets us know in the first pages of the book that all the children in her family have survived their horrific upbringing at the hands of a mentally ill and alcoholic mother Otherwise, the repeated tales of abuse and neglect would overwhelm the reader The book instead is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit, to maintain hope and familial love in the face of terrible odds.Calcaterra, through her own intelligence and determination manages to survive the double t [...]

  22. Anne Hawn Smith

    This was an excellent book It is unbelievable how Regina Calcaterra survived this abuse, much less having the stellar career she has had The fact that all five of her siblings managed to survive and lead productive lives is nothing short of a miracle.Their mother was mentally ill and emotionally warped and she only needed her children to get welfare money She was just shrewd enough to say the right things to HRS to continue to get benefits which she spent on herself The children were either in d [...]

  23. Sandie

    Right off the batI have to warn that there is a great deal of harsh language in this book I have often been asked to write my own story and many times I reply that I don t enjoy the harsh language that would accompany my story Regina Calcaterra did a fabulous job of telling her story The main characters needed to be shared in the way they were experienced and therefore the language was part of the experience I am in awe of the way this story was shared It is horrific, inspiring, sad, happy, and [...]

  24. Lori

    I read this on my kindle Regina C.has written a memoir of her horrible childhood she was one of five kids, each one had a different father their mother was a terrible selfish woman who abused all of them but the single boy in the bunch.Regina and her siblings spent a childhood of abuse,hunger,homelessness she beat Regina severely the kids learned how to steal to even eat between the times they lived with the horrible mother they called Cookie the kids were separated and sent to many different fo [...]

  25. Mariamilz

    A very courageous yet powerful book about the lives of five abandoned children placed in foster care Thoughout their journey through the foster care system, they never forgot about each other Their mother had several unresolved issues throughout her own life but they still had a bond with her, which proves that blood is thicker than water each sibling was strong in their own way, leading separate lives but always tried to stay in touch with their lived ones This story proves that children that d [...]

  26. Underground Book Reviews

    While many people flip and now scroll right to Chapter One, I ve always been too curious about what an author s chosen to share before a story unfolds to skip the prologue Never have I been grateful for that curiosity than when reading Regina Calcaterra s Etched in Sand A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island This memoir prologue is a lofty one literally describing the once homeless author flying above Hurricane Sandy ravaged Long Island as one of the [...]

  27. Laura

    This book is amazing It took me a while to be able to read because I have a hard time with child abuse I kept reading to see how they all were able to live succeed.I had seen a story on CBS Sunday Morning about women who have overcome obstacles with Regina Calcaterra talking about her life this book I bought the ebook right away.If I didn t know she made it through is alive today I wouldn t have been able to finish reading.I am forth of five daughters, so I can relate to Regina Thank God my Moth [...]

  28. Rosemary

    It took a lot of courage I truly believe for the Author Regina Calcaterra to tell her story and that of her siblings of an abusive and unloving mother Had me in tears at times Would recommend this book.

  29. Maggie61

    Wow, what an incredible story I did not want to put this book down This is the story of five children Five children with the same mother, five children all with different fathers That s just the tip of the iceberg Cookie was one piece of work, a nasty, neglectful, abusive and hateful egg donor While it was difficult to read of the horrid childhood these five siblings had, what they overcame was remarkable With all that the person who gave birth to them who does not deserve the title of mother di [...]

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