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I shall rise again.

A memoir by Jeff Rider


Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 by Jeff Rider

All rights reserved.

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ISBN: 978-0-9858385-0-8

Published by Pellucid Agency Exchange, Inc.

Vernon Hills, IL.

Cover design by Berry Images, LLC

Cover photo by Aaron Davenport


Dedicated to Linnea Stark


With special thanks to Narcy Rider for a love I couldn’t do without and bravery I admire every day; Jennifer Rider for her loving support and heartfelt encouragement; Ryan Piza for his compassion and understanding; Aaron Davenport for being the original character he is; Jeff Rogers for saying that my story had it all; Allison Cain for believing that people needed to hear my tale; Betty Marker for sharpening my recollection of Craig; Maggie Desjardin for challenging me to do more; Tom Glennon for his non-contracted sage advice and keen eye; Tom Cooper for his insight; Lisa Henry for suggesting that I could write; Amanda Pietras for her editing skills extraordinaire; Leigh Gregory for helping me understand that it’s all about the rewriting; Dan Nace for his numerous questions; and the store clerk at Cook’s at Crocus Hill in Edina, Minnesota for saying that I should write a book when purchasing my French press. Accomplishments are group efforts.

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