Rise: How a House Built a Family: How a House Built a Family

Rise: How a House Built a Family: How a House Built a Family

by Cara Brookins


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250095664
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 627,017
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

Table of Contents

1 Rise A House 1

2 Fall Bad Habits 3

3 Rise Sticks and Stones 12

4 Fall What I Learned in First Grade 33

5 Rise Truth Tellers 38

6 Fall Coffee with Cream 52

7 Rise Plan B Is for Sissies 58

8 Fall Black, White, and Gray 79

9 Rise Shop Not Shopping 92

10 Fall Karma Points 112

11 Rise Sounds Easy 123

12 Fall The Art of War 143

13 Rise A Little to the Left 152

14 Fall Loyalty Won't Save You 169

15 Rise One Cookie at a Time 176

16 Fall Firefighters Have Hoses 194

17 Rise What Is Down Must Go Up 200

18 Fall Hear the Words I Mean 218

19 Rise I Am My Plumber 225

20 Fall Down by the River 246

21 Rise Glue Me Back Together 255

22 Fall Aiming True 273

23 Rise Scramble to the Finish 285

24 Fall and Rise: You Built Your Own Damn House 302

Acknowledgments 309

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