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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

TLC Book Tours: Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra

Title: Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island
Author: Regina Calcaterra
Format: ARC
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: August 6, 2013
Source: TLC Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a non-fiction fan.
  • You love memoirs.
  • You don't mind hard subjects.
  • You love stories of triumph.
What's the Story?:

From "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."

My Two Cents:

"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 unflinching voice. We get to see everything that her mother did to her and her siblings. We get to know her innermost feelings. Her detail is so telling that we can feel what she went through. I got so involved in the story of these siblings that I couldn't stop reading even though there are some really horrific things that go on in this book. I had to see what happened and I wanted to make sure that everything would be okay for these siblings. Calcaterra truly knows how to captivate an audience.

This book is for those that don't mind tough subjects but love stories of love between siblings, overcoming obstacles, and seeing the triumph of the human spirit. It is unbelievable that a mother could do these things to her children as described in the book. I'm hopeful that other people who are going through difficult abuse situations will read this book and see that even when life deals you some pretty harsh cards, it's still possible to make things better and create a really amazing life like Ms. Calcaterra did.

Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, August 5th: 5 Minutes For Mom
Wednesday, August 7th: A Bookish Affair
Monday, August 12th: Lectus
Tuesday, August 13th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, August 14th: Book Hooked Blog
Thursday, August 15th: From L.A. to LA
Monday, August 19th: The Book Wheel
Tuesday, August 20th: Dreaming in Books
Wednesday, August 21st: Luxury Reading
Thursday, August 22nd: she treads softly
Monday, August 26th: Literally Jen
Tuesday, August 27th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, August 28th: guiltless reading


  1. Books like this break my heart but also remind me that - even though I make mistakes - I'm really quite a good mom, comparatively speaking!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. I agree! I also read/reviewed this as part of TLC and it was AMAZING. I read it from cover to cover and couldn't put it down. It was both hard to read and impossible to stop!


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