I like reading memoir, but it’s become so popular now that in some ways the quality has declined. I think publishers are clamoring to get the next hot ticket, so anyone who has some sort of story to tell is likely to get published. Now I often find them to be either too explicit, too profane, or too surfacey to be of interest to me, but when it’s done right, memoir is one of my favorite types of books to read. I recently found one that was done just right.
Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island is Regina Calcaterra’s story. You may be asking, “Why would I want to read about an “unspeakable” childhood?” I’ll tell you why.