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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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Top Customer Reviews
Really, the best you could say is they acted as their own contractors. They had never been involved in building a house before, so it was quite the challenge, and as such was fun to read about.
But that wasn't my biggest problem with the book. The author alternates chapters between her building the house and stories from her abusive marriages. If you enjoy that sort of thing, then you would likely rate this book higher than me. But for myself, by the fourth chapter, I had recognized her pattern and had started to skip over every other chapter to get concentrate on them building the house.
This is a well-written memoir that reads like a novel. The chapters about the past are prefaced with "Fall" are about the past; chapters about the house building experience start with "Rise."
Cara is a tough lady and building a house with her four children helped heal a family. The boogeyman was real, a deranged ex-husband. During a short visit to a remote cabin, Cara and children started planning a house. Using sticks found in the woods, they started designing a house.
All four children have successfully healed and have careers. Even the youngest, Roman, has his own YouTube channel.
Rise is the best book I have read in years. Building a house together did heal this family.