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The Resource Girl unbroken : a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho, Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney with Jessica Anya Blau

Girl unbroken : a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho, Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney with Jessica Anya Blau

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Girl unbroken : a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho
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Girl unbroken
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a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho
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Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney with Jessica Anya Blau
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Girl unbroken
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a sisters harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho
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eng
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"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."--provided by publisher
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  • Calcaterra (Etched in Sand) has previously written about her alcoholic and pathologically abusive mother, Cookie; now, , in this heartrending, brutal story told with bravery and strength. her youngest sister, Maloney, shares her memories of living with Cookie after the five siblings were split up and put into different foster homes. Maloney's beloved older sisters protected her from their mother's beatings and verbal lashings until Cookie kidnapped her and her brother from foster care and took them to Idaho. Maloney, pretty and smart, received all her mother's rage, her brother spared their mother's fists. Despite her sisters' tireless attempts to help, including a short-lived rescue, Maloney's salvation primarily came from school, where she retreated into books, got meals, and literally escaped to libraries and friends' homes after her mother married a predator who molested Maloney for years. She managed to thrive in school and was accepted into college, but the abuse she suffered pushed her to become a suicidal alcoholic. Fortunately, caring teachers saved Maloney and gave her a safe place to live. Maloney's happiness is unquestionably well-deserved, and demonstrates that with a powerfully fierce will and the help of loved ones, joy and peace are possible. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 10/31/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 44, p)
  • The follow-up to Calcaterra’s bestselling Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island (2013).In her second book, the author teams up with her youngest sister, Maloney, to tell the story of their alcoholic and psychologically damaged mother, Cookie. Their two older sisters managed to leave the family through marriage or moving in with friends; Calcaterra sought legal emancipation at age 14. However, because Maloney and her brother, Norm, were still young children, they were forced to stay with Cookie, who “only wanted [them] for the welfare checks.” When she was “too busy” drinking and carousing to look after Maloney and her brother, the pair went into a foster care home, where they were abused. Cookie eventually kidnapped her children and took them to live with an assortment of men she picked up in bars or on the street. To escape legal problems and being “put in the slammer,” Cookie and her children left for Idaho. There they stayed with friends until Cookie was caught stealing from her hosts. Life only began to stabilize for Maloney and Norm after Cookie finally settled down with Clyde, the Mormon husband of another woman. As Maloney entered adolescence, she endured unwanted sexual advances from Clyde, more beatings from her mother, and virtual enslavement as a worker on the farm where they lived. School and the hope of reunion with her sisters, who did whatever they could to help, saved Maloney from a temporary slide into alcohol and drugs and occasional thoughts of suicide. In the end, she not only broke free of Cookie, but also found the happiness that had eluded her throughout her youth. As engrossing as Etched in Sand, this book is a testament to Maloney’s remarkable resilience and a moving tribute to the unbreakable bond of love she shared with her siblings. Courageous and emotionally intense.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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individual biography
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10528963
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Calcaterra, Regina
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Maloney, Rosie
  • Blau, Jessica Anya
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  • Calcaterra, Regina
  • Calcaterra, Regina
  • Maloney, Rosie
  • Maloney, Rosie
  • Ex-foster children
  • Abused children
  • Children of alcoholics
  • Foster children
  • Child abuse
  • Children of mentally ill mothers
  • Kidnapping
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a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho
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Girl unbroken : a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho, Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney with Jessica Anya Blau
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Foster things -- The devil we didn't know -- Out of the poop hole -- Before the storm -- The devil we knew -- No safe haven -- Swirling winds -- Into Idaho -- Safe from the storm -- Paradise -- Pathway to Perilous Peak -- Bookie or Cookie -- Collateral damage -- Pitchfork and dagger -- Up to her boots -- Baling out -- Ditched -- Light extinguished -- Out of Idaho -- Into Idaho redux -- Harvesting Rosie -- Mothering Cookie -- Out of Perilous Peak -- Exorcism -- Unbridled
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000059216358
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21 cm.
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First edition.
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xiv, 401 pages
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9780062412584
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(paperback)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)936347643
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Girl unbroken : a sister's harrowing story of survival from the streets of Long Island to the farms of Idaho, Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney with Jessica Anya Blau
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foster things -- The devil we didn't know -- Out of the poop hole -- Before the storm -- The devil we knew -- No safe haven -- Swirling winds -- Into Idaho -- Safe from the storm -- Paradise -- Pathway to Perilous Peak -- Bookie or Cookie -- Collateral damage -- Pitchfork and dagger -- Up to her boots -- Baling out -- Ditched -- Light extinguished -- Out of Idaho -- Into Idaho redux -- Harvesting Rosie -- Mothering Cookie -- Out of Perilous Peak -- Exorcism -- Unbridled
Control code
000059216358
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 401 pages
Isbn
9780062412584
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)936347643

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