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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." - Publishers WeeklyIf you were inspired by Wild...
"Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve the family experienced during the construction process, while putting a family back together again." - Publishers WeeklyIf you were inspired by Wild...
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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." - Publishers Weekly
    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.
    This program is read by the author.

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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 her website. She is the author of more than half a dozen middle grade and young adult novels, including Little Boy Blu, Doris Free, and Treasure Quest.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 8, 2016
    In this honest, tough memoir, Brooking documents how building a home for herself and her four children created a pathway out of domestic abuse and into a new life. One of her husbands suffered from schizophrenia; her next husband drank heavily, used drugs, and, within a few months of their wedding, began abusing the author. Brookings, a computer analyst based in Little Rock, Ark., calls herself an optimist, noting she always “believed things would get better.” Brookings, as well as her children, lived in fear even after the author’s divorce. Selling the family home was a financial necessity. During a family outing over Thanksgiving, Brookings spots her dream home. Though recently ravaged by a tornado, the once “regal and very Southern home” plants a seed in her consciousness. “Why couldn’t I build a house?” The narrative alternates between describing the fear her children and the author lived with for years with the complications and rewards of building a home from the ground up with no experience. Brookings finds land, obtains a loan, and sets out with the help of her four children to build their new home in nine months. Brookings deftly narrates the extreme learning curve the family experienced during the construction process, while putting a family back together again. Agent, Jessica Papin; Dystel & Goderich Literary.

  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2017

    Brookins narrates her own book, turning events from her life into a fascinating story. This is typical of Brookins's do-it-yourself attitude toward life. While her four children were still reeling from her ex-husband's abuse and descent into schizophrenia, the author decided they needed a confidence-building project: a new house, one constructed with their own hands where they could escape the memories still alive in their old home. Interspersed with sad and painful stories from Brookins's experiences with her deeply troubled husband is her unflinching chronicle of the new home, from idea to loan to foundation to sheetrock. For nine months, the author acted as her own contractor and plumber while her four children were her work crew. While Brookins's reading is sometimes a bit too staid for the events, listeners will appreciate that she does not overdramatize. Her humor and solid descriptions will cause them to hang on every word to see what happens next. VERDICT Highly recommended for all public libraries and university browsing sections.--Karen Perry, Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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