In Reclaiming Lives, Rosalie Giffoniello, an American teacher, overcomes her personal struggles of insecurity and dependency and finds her identity by providing educational opportunities for destitute children in the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Each page abounds with hope, inspiration and fulfillment for countless children who reclaim their lives through Rosalie's determination … as she joyously reclaims her own. "I'm bent on empowering children here in the Kolkata slums, reclaiming their lives. But, of course, I'm also, really, reclaiming my own. The journey hasn't been easy. At each juncture, I was beset with fears and doubts, never given room for complacency or ease. Though scarred by mistakes and misgivings, the journey has been made, not a single step has been wasted." —Rosalie Giffoniello. Reclaiming Lives is dedicated to the disadvantaged and disabled children of Kolkata who inspired Rosalie to reach her potential while they struggled to reach theirs. Inspiring, witty, 5 stars.