Rise by Cara Brookins
How a House Built a Family

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Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve the family experienced during the construction process, while putting a family back together again.
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If you were inspired by Wild and Eat, Pray, Love, you’ll love this extraordinary true story of a woman taking the greatest risk of her life in order to heal from the unthinkable.

After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible.

Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan and a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children.

It would be the hardest thing she had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for their two story, five bedroom house. She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family.

This must-read memoir traces one family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all through one extraordinary do-it-yourself project.

 

About Cara Brookins

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CARA BROOKINS is a computer analyst and social media marketing expert based in Little Rock. You can read more about her, as well as see shots of her home and family at www.carabrookins.com. She is the author of seven middle grade and young adult novels.
 
Published January 24, 2017 by St. Martin's Press. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Nov 09 2016

The author occasionally characterizes her children in ways that make them seem like caricatures rather than individuals trying to work through the instability and uncertainty. However, when she turns the focus on their work, Brookins draws a compelling picture of overcoming adversity...

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 20 2017

Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve the family experienced during the construction process, while putting a family back together again.

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