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Summer 2016

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7 6 5 4 6 7. family ties Robison Wells, a novel- ist and 2009 MBa grad, was bound for literary success ever since he joined a BYU writing group with well-known authors Dan Wells (his brother) and Brandon Sanderson. His sci-fi novel Variant made the Publishers Weekly 2011 Best Books list. Dark Energy, his latest work, hit stores in March. 5. father figure In Power Dads: The 10 Basic Principles Success- ful Fathers Use to Raise Happy and Responsible Children, Wayne Parker, a 1981 MPa grad and Provo City's chief administrative officer, shares ten precepts for fathers. Drawing on his experience as a father of five, Parker has written hundreds of parenting articles for About.com. 4. music maker Besides racking up more than a billion YouTube views, playing sold-out concerts, and releasing two full-length albums, 2015 recreation manage- ment grad Lindsey Stir- ling can boast one more success: her first book. The 2016 autobiographi- cal release The Only Pirate at the Party chronicles Stirling's unconventional path to success. 3. teenage dream James Dashner, a 1999 Macc alum, is the mind behind the best-selling Maze Runner series. The dystopian saga has led to two Hollywood blockbusters with a third film hitting theat- ers next year. Dashner has also found success with his latest offering: The Mortality Doctrine, a young adult cyberad- venture trilogy. 6. blazing trails If you're looking to take advantage of Utah's outdoor scene, you'll want to consult the hik- ing guidebooks of 1978 MOB grad Greg Witt. Witt, who also works as an adventure guide in Utah and the Alps, dis- tinguishes himself as the ultimate outdoor adven- ture guru in his book 50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks. 17 summer 2016

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