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Rise: How a House Built a Family Hardcover – January 24, 2017
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“An inspiring memoir of absolute determination.” --Kirkus Reviews
"This rousing memoir beautifully illustrates how one family can look apprehension dead in the eye and scoff at it. For readers looking for inspiration to accomplish a daunting task, they need look no further than Brookins’ highly engaging and encouraging book." ―Booklist
"A tough, honest memoir. Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve her family experienced while putting a family back together again." ―Publishers Weekly
"Cara Brookins did something remarkable with her life: She turned trauma into power and fear into courage. She refused to be a victim anymore. In powerful ways, her extraordinary memoir, Rise, tells the story of her resurrection from victim of domestic abuse to bad-ass mom with a hammer and carpenter’s square. You will be enlightened. You will be inspired. You will cheer her on as she builds a new home and a new life for herself and her four children ― one brick at a time." ― John Grogan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me
"If Rise were a novel, the plot―woman escapes domestic violence to build her own house, assisted only by her children and YouTube videos―would seem impossibly far-fetched. But Cara Brookins actually lived this story, and reading her account of it slowly filled me to the brim with admiration, hope, and belief that a determined human can do practically anything. Rise is a compelling story, lovingly told, that will uplift and inspire readers whatever their circumstances." ― Martha Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star
"Sometimes the universe puts us in a bad place and dares us to fight our way out. Cara Brookins did just this. We should all be as strong as her. This book will provide the powerful imagery and guidance for a generation of people who need to change their lives." ― Tom Hart, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rosalie Lightning
"This inspiring real-life story that's all the more amazing because it's true. Readers will be both spellbound and lifted by it." --David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author
"Telling a story like Rise takes guts. It also takes talent, which Cara has in spades. To paraphrase Sondheim, she made a house, where there never was a house. And then she wrote this memorable book about it. Believe me, it's pretty rare for those skill sets to overlap." --Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of After I'm Gone
"Readers will be torn between believing Cara is a one-of-a-kind hero, and that anyone can be. At once heartbreaking and deeply inspiring, in Rise, Cara proves to herself, her children, and the rest of the world that strength comes from within and can be rebuilt, brick by brick. --Hilary Liftin, co-author of the New York Times bestseller sTORI Telling
"It has been a very long time since I have read a book as singular and as profoundly moving as Rise. Rise, by turns daunting and uplifting, gives new meaning to the concepts of heroism and sacrifice, and it is a remarkable construct in itself." --Les Standiford, author of Water to the Angels
"An uplifting story of resilience." --Real Simple Magazine
"Rise takes readers along on a transformative journey...all readers can find inspiration in Brookins’ endeavor." --BookPage
About the Author
CARA BROOKINS is a computer analyst and social media marketing expert based in Little Rock. She is the author of several middle grade and young adult novels. Rise is her debut memoir.
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First off, I want to clarify an early review from another customer who said the book does not contain any photos of the construction of the home. It was very likely that it was an advance copy of the book that was received and reviewed. Like most books, Rise has a section in the center of the book filled with photos of the central characters of the story and a number of them doing their part in the construction. I enjoyed looking through the photos before I even began reading the book.
Cara has a beautiful and tight knit family, as demonstrated in the way they all pitched in during the construction. Despite the appearance of a lack of coherency in how the story seems to jump from the building of the home to "backstory" of how the family fought through the events that brought on the adversity, I felt it was a good way to tell a story by getting the reader worked up on a particular subject, whether it was the "rise" of the family or the "fall" from the adversity only to put that in suspense mode while either the backstory or the rise from that adverse backstory is being told. I have not read the entire book yet, but so far I am impressed with the way the story is being told, and am intrigued to see the family build a home, and looking for similarities and contrasts to my own experience when my home was being built a few years ago. I also look forward to my second reading in audio form, as I listen to Cara, in her own voice, add an extra dimension in her telling of the story.