NC Literary Hall of Fame



Beads: A Memoir about Falling Apart and Putting Yourself Back Together Again by Rachael Brooks

Koehler Books
$23.95, hardcover / $15.95, paperback / $7.19, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-63393-964-6
November, 2019
Nonfiction: Memoir
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"Life is a funny thing. One day, it's there. You are living. And the next, it is gone. I was brushing my teeth that morning, as usual, and then I was lying half-naked in the front seat of a stranger's SUV with a knife to my neck. Not exactly how I thought that day would turn out."

Beads is the harrowing story of a rape victim determined to become a survivor by putting her life back together. It details her journey after suffering a brutal attack, confronting the devastating justice system, and ultimately discovering the other side of trauma: forgiveness and peace. Beads reveals the realities and challenges survivors face, as well as the roller coaster of emotions throughout their journey. Evoking outrage and hope, author Rachael Brooks tackles issues surrounding sexual assault that are still prevalent today. When will enough be enough? Rachael's definitive answer is "now."

Rachael Brooks is a first-time author who currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with both a Masters of Accounting and an Undergraduate Business degree. She is a former tax accountant who is now a stay-at-home mom. Rachael is a sexual assault survivor and has had an active role in the Survivor Speaker's Bureau at a local non-profit organization since 2013. Immediately impacted by the #MeToo movement in 2017, Rachael set out on her own personal mission to make her story known and join the thousands of courageous women and men who have also come forward to share their stories of survival and hope.

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