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A New Year of Keep Reading!


In The Heavens Rise, Christopher Rice, son of author Anne Rice, crafts a tale of horror and hope. In a vein much like Stephen King, Rice unfolds the story of an “other worldly” parasite that invades and transforms unsuspecting humans, giving them the power to take over the minds of animals and other humans. In the wrong hands, the results are horrible and revolting. You need a strong stomach with this one.



The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service by Lee Cockerell

The author is a college dropout from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, who worked 10 years for Disney. A keen observer of human nature and a businessman unafraid of thinking outside the box, Cockerell offers common sense “rules” for developing customer-friendly business practices. What is so great about this book is you don’t have to be in business to use these mantras. It works perfectly in your personal life as well. This a book full of practical advice.


Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden

A 17-year-old resident of a Catholic boys’ home is the protagonist of this debut author. Cricket is an angry young man who is consistently in trouble at school. He has few friends and is convinced that he is the reason his mother killed his younger brother. As the story develops, the reader is drawn to Cricket’s circumstances and empathizes with his struggles. I recommend this one, but beware of the language.

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