Cara Brookins is the author of Rise: How a House Built a Family, a memoir about escaping domestic violence with her four children and building a 3,500 square foot home from the ground up with their own hands. Rise is a 2017 Indy Next Pick and selected for Barnes & Noble’s What We’re Reading which includes front-of-store placement. She is also a keynote speaker, hosts a weekly podcast with Macmillan, and is a fiction writer with seven published novels.
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“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.”
“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, #1New York Times best selling 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 best selling author of Finding Your Own North Star.
Cara Brookins was fleeing her second abusive marriage when she made the incredible decision to build her own home from the ground up with the help of her four children. A story about overcoming hardship though a bold,gutsy project, her debut memoir
RISE: How a House Built a Family (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale January 24,2017) is perfect for fans of Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert. After escaping two abusive marriages, Cara Brookins was in desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one. So she did something incredible. Equipped with only YouTube videos and a 9-month bank loan, Cara built her own house from the foundation to the roof (and everything in between) with a work crew made up of her kids.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.
RISE: How a House Built a Family byCara Brookins
Published by St. Martin’s Press | On-Sale: January 24, 2017
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She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family. Theirs was a project riddled with false starts, but it was also buoyed by a growing sense of accomplishment. Brookins illuminates an ever-important message – if you dream it, work for it, and overcome setbacks, you can achieve incredible feats.
is the powerful, true story overcoming the unthinkable. 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 the Author
Cara Brookins is a computer analyst and social media marketing expert based in Little Rock, AR. She is a
motivational speaker who has keynoted multiple events and has given lectures at national writer conferences. Brookins is also the author of seven middle grade and young adult novels.
Additional Praise for Rise: How a House Built a Family”
A tough, honest memoir. Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve her family experienced while putting a family back together again.”
“Uplifting…an inspiring memoir of absolute determination.”
“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, #1New 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 heart breaking 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.
“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 construction itself.” —Les Standiford, author of Water to the Angels