Etched in Sand Book
Score: 4.5
From 17 Ratings

Etched in Sand


  • Author : Regina Calcaterra
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062218841

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Etched in Sand Excerpt :

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.

Etched in Sand Book
Score: 4.5
From 14 Ratings

Etched in Sand


  • Author : Regina Calcaterra
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2013-08-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 0062218832

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Etched in Sand Excerpt :

#1 International Bestseller 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, former New York State official, and foster youth 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.

Girl Unbroken Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

Girl Unbroken


  • Author : Regina Calcaterra
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-10-18
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062412591

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Girl Unbroken Excerpt :

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. They were five kids with five different fathers and an alcoholic mother who left them to fend for themselves for weeks at a time. Yet through it all they had each other. Rosie, the youngest, is fawned over and shielded by her older sister, Regina. Their mother, Cookie, blows in and out of their lives “like a hurricane, blind and uncaring to everything in her path.” But when Regina discloses the truth about her abusive mother to her social worker, she is separated from her younger siblings Norman and Rosie. And as Rosie discovers after Cookie kidnaps her from foster care, the one thing worse than being abandoned by her mother is living in Cookie’s presence. Beaten physically, abused emotionally, and forced to labor at the farm where Cookie settles in Idaho, Rosie refuses to give in. Like her sister Regina, Rosie has an unfathomable strength in the face of unimaginable hardship—enough to propel her out of Idaho and out of a nightmare. Filled with maturity and grace, Rosie’s memoir continues the compelling story begun in Etched in Sand—a shocking yet profoundly moving testament to sisterhood and indomitable courage.

Walk to Beautiful Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

Walk to Beautiful


  • Author : Mr. Jimmy Wayne
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2014-10-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN 10 : 9780718021856

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Walk to Beautiful Excerpt :

* NEW YORK TIME BEST SELLER* Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover. That’s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It’s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn’t just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system. Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.” It also chronicles Jimmy’s rise to fame in the music industry and his Meet Me Halfway campaign: his walk halfway across America, 1,700 miles from Nashville to Phoenix, to raise awareness for foster kids. Join Jimmy on his walk to beautiful and see how one person really can make a difference. ENDORSEMENTS “If your story could use a better chapter, take inspiration from Jimmy’s.” —Max Lucado, New York Times Best-Selling Author “It reads like a movie to me, and if so, I’ll be the first one in a seat to see it.” —Dolly Parton “Walk to Beautiful will open your eyes to the hurting people around you.” —Frank Harrison, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated; Chairman and Cofounder, With Open Eyes

The Last Wife Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

The Last Wife


  • Author : Karen Hamilton
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488034978

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The Last Wife Excerpt :

From the internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend. Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down. Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down. Nina and Marie were best friends—until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes. But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust. What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants. Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…

The Gauntlet Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

The Gauntlet


  • Author : Karuna Riazi
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-03-28
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781481486989

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The Gauntlet Excerpt :

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair. Nothing can prepare you for The Gauntlet… It didn’t look dangerous, exactly. When twelve-year-old Farah first laid eyes on the old-fashioned board game, she thought it looked…elegant. It is made of wood, etched with exquisite images—a palace with domes and turrets, lattice-work windows that cast eerie shadows, a large spider—and at the very center of its cover, in broad letters, is written: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. The Gauntlet is more than a game, though. It is the most ancient, the most dangerous kind of magic. It holds worlds inside worlds. And it takes players as prisoners.

Family Violence in the United States Book

Family Violence in the United States


  • Author : Denise A. Hines
  • Publisher : SAGE Publications
  • Release Date : 2012-12-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 601
  • ISBN 10 : 9781483315508

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Family Violence in the United States Excerpt :

Rich in scholarly references and case materials, Family Violence in the United States: Defining, Understanding, and Combating Abuse, Second Edition by Denise A. Hines and Kathleen Malley-Morrison is a thought-provoking book that encourages students to question assumptions, evaluate information, formulate hypotheses, and design solutions to problems of family violence in the United States. Using an ecological framework, the authors provide an informative discussion of not only of the most well-recognized forms of maltreatment in families, but also of less understood and more controversial issues such as husband abuse, parent abuse, and gay/lesbian abuse. It reviews and evaluates major efforts at intervention and prevention.

Fahrenheit 451 Book
Score: 4
From 1,775 Ratings

Fahrenheit 451


  • Author : Ray Bradbury
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2003-09-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743247221

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Fahrenheit 451 Excerpt :

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.

Empire of Sand Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

Empire of Sand


  • Author : Tasha Suri
  • Publisher : Orbit
  • Release Date : 2018-11-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316449694

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Empire of Sand Excerpt :

A nobleman's daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri's lush, dazzling, Mughal India-inspired fantasy debut. "An ode to the quiet, fierce strength of women...pure wonder." -- Samantha Shannon, NYT bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree "A darkly intricate, devastating, and utterly original story." -- R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War "Stunning and enthralling." -- S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited. When Mehr's power comes to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda. Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance... The Books of AmbhaEmpire of SandRealm of Ash

Scarred Book
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

Scarred


  • Author : Sarah Edmondson
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-17
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN 10 : 9781797201467

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As seen in the HBO docuseries THE VOW: The shocking and subversive memoir of a 12-year-NXIVM-member-turned-whistleblower, and her inspiring true story of abuse, escape, and redemption. "'Master, would you brand me? It would be an honor.' From the second I climb onto the table, acutely aware that I am lying in the sweat of my sisters, I will have blocked that out. Lying there completely naked, I am at my most vulnerable but determined to prove my strength. I try to keep my legs closed as my body wills itself to protect my most private area. . . . I tell myself: I am a warrior. I birthed a human. I can handle pain. But nothing could have ever prepared me for the feel of this fire on my skin." Scarred is Sarah Edmondson's compelling memoir of her recruitment into the NXIVM cult, the 12 years she spent within the organization (during which she enrolled over 2,000 members and entered DOS—NXIVM's "secret sisterhood"), her breaking point, and her harrowing fight to get out, to expose Keith Raniere and the leadership, to help others, and to heal. Complete with personal photographs, Scarred is also an eye-opening story about abuses of power, female trust and friendship, and how sometimes the search to be "better" can override everything else. • In the tradition of Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman, Escape by Carolyn Jessop, and Troublemaker by Leah Remini • This tell-all follows Sarah from the moment she takes her first NXIVM seminar, to the invitation she accepts from her best friend, Lauren Salzman, into DOS, to her journey toward become a key witness in the federal case against its founders • Evokes questions about friendship, ethics, good and evil, making it a brilliant selection for book clubs Audio edition read by the author.

Sand and Stars Book

Sand and Stars


  • Author : Olivia Hart
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-07-18
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : 9798539686307

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Sand and Stars Excerpt :

He's a beast who kills without mercy. My kidnapper. My enemy. My mate. All I want is a simple life, but any chance of peace is stolen from me by a winged warrior prince. He sweeps through my village, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake-and taking me with him. Born of battle, Marcellus is unstoppable. A storm of obsidian wings and steel who's turned killing into an art form. He says my visions hold the key to the hidden Elven kingdoms that his father's vowed to conquer. Kingdoms I've vowed to protect with my life. We're on opposite sides of this war, and yet the dark and undeniable craving that sparked between us soon grows into a fire. It won't be long until it consumes us both. I've become his captive because of a prophecy. I'll survive because fate has etched my name on his heart... Sand and Stars is a 100k word fantasy romance and is the first book of a duet. The duet ends in an HEA, but Sand and Stars ends in an HFN.

Spinifex and Sand Book

Spinifex and Sand


  • Author : David Wynford Carnegie
  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Release Date : 2022-06-02
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : EAN:8596547052913

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Spinifex and Sand Excerpt :

"Spinifex and Sand" is a travelogue by David Wynford Carnegie. In 1896-1897, the Hon. David Wynford Carnegie, born in 1871, the youngest son of the Earl of Southesk, led one of the last great expeditions in the exploration of Australia. His route from Lake Darlôt to Halls Creek and return took thirteen months and covered over three thousand miles. Carnegie financed his expedition from the results of a successful gold strike at Lake Darlôt. The following pages profess to be no more than a faithful narrative of five years spent on the goldfields and in the far interior of Western Australia.

Wave Book
Score: 3.5
From 39 Ratings

Wave


  • Author : Sonali Deraniyagala
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771025389

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Wave Excerpt :

A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family. On December 26, Boxing Day, Sonali Deraniyagala, her English husband, her parents, her two young sons, and a close friend were ending Christmas vacation at the seaside resort of Yala on the south coast of Sri Lanka when a wave suddenly overtook them. She was only to learn later that this was a tsunami that devastated coastlines through Southeast Asia. When the water began to encroach closer to their hotel, they began to run, but in an instant, water engulfed them, Sonali was separated from her family, and all was lost. Sonali Deraniyagala has written an extraordinarily honest, utterly engrossing account of the surreal tragedy of a devastating event that all at once ended her life as she knew it and her journey since in search of understanding and redemption. It is also a remarkable portrait of a young family's life and what came before, with all the small moments and larger dreams that suddenly and irrevocably ended.

The Road Book
Score: 4
From 1,026 Ratings

The Road


  • Author : Cormac McCarthy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-03-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307267450

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The Road Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • A searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive, this "tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle). A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. Look for Cormac McCarthy's new novel, The Passenger.

Sandscapes Book

Sandscapes


  • Author : Jo Carruthers
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-11-03
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030447809

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Sandscapes Excerpt :

Sandscapes: Writing the British Seaside reflects on the unique topography of sand, sandscapes, and the seaside in British culture and beyond. This book brings together creative and critical writings that explore the ways sand speaks to us of holidays and respite, but also of time and mortality, of plenitude and eternity. Drawing together writers from a range of backgrounds, the volume explores the environmental, social, personal, cultural, and political significance of sand and the seaside towns that have built up around it. The contributions take a variety of forms including fiction and nonfiction and cover topics ranging from sand dunes to sand mining, from seaside stories to shoreline architecture, from sand grains to global sand movements, from narratives of the setting up of bed and breakfasts to stories of seaside decline. Often a symbol of aridity, sand is revealed in this book to be an astonishingly fertile site for cultural meaning.