John Muller

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Book Cover For The Wedding Guest
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for May. Here are the previous lists for January and February . Enjoy! Top Fiction Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Past Tense by Lee Child Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly The Reckoning by John Grisham The Chef by James Patterson Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle O'Bama...Read more...
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Book Cover For Bill Mauldin : A Life Up Front
Forgotten Recognition Chances are pretty good if you have a relative that served in the armed forces, particularly during World War 2, they either never received or otherwise lost track of the various military medals they were awarded for their service. This was certainly the case for three of my grandparents who served in the US Army during WWII. The cartoonist and WWII veteran Bill Mauldin put it succinctly when he said in his book Up Front , " Civilians may think it's a little juvenile to worry about medals, but a civilian has a house and a bankroll to...Read more...
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Book Cover For I Fatty
Unlikely Connection One was an inspiring teacher, preservationist, and celebrated chronicler of Silicon Valley's storied past. The other was larger than life both on and off the screen, whose path from scandal ridden movie star to redemption was cut short by an untimely death. Who were these men and what could they possibly have in common? Ultimately they were family, half brothers, who influenced San Jose's illustrious past. Their names were William Clyde Arbuckle and Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle. The Arbuckle And Gordon Families: Who Were They? William Clyde Arbuckle's skill as a researcher would come in handy while trying to...Read more...
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Movie Cover For Casino Royal
Before Ian Fleming's Creation There Were Other James Bonds When a person is researching their genealogy and begins expanding their family tree they will collect a lot of names, some more intriguing than others. Recently I came across an especially interesting one to me, one James Bond. I had momentary visions of Ian Fleming's famous super spy 007 himself but then I remembered the inspiration for the character's name came from a real-life James Bond who was an ornithologist who worked in the Caribbean in the early 1950's when Ian Fleming was writing his first book Casino Royale . Turns...Read more...
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Book Cover For The Library Book
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for May. Here are the previous lists for December and January. Enjoy! Top Fiction Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Past Tense by Lee Child Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci The Reckoning by John Grisham The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle O'Bama It's...Read more...
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Geometric Design with the Words Top 10 Reads
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for May. Here are the previous lists for November and December. Enjoy! Top Fiction The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton Past Tense by Lee Child Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly The Reckoning by John Grisham Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks Ambush by James Patterson Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle O'Bama Fear: Inside The...Read more...
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Book Cover For Whiskey In A Teacup
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for May. Here are the previous lists for October and November Enjoy! Top Fiction Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci Past Tense by Lee Child The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly The Reckoning by John Grisham Ambush by James Patterson Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks Origin by Dan Brown Top Non-Fiction Fear: Inside The Trump White House by Bob Woodword...Read more...
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Book Cover For The Everything Guide To Online Genealogy
It All Started With A Story Growing up my grandfather enjoyed telling us stories about his and our families past. As I grew older and other people entered my life their family stories became just as interesting to me, especially if they were shrouded in some kind of mystery. But of all the stories I've researched over the years there was one that piqued my curiosity. It had to do with a fateful meeting years before among a group of half siblings that didn't go so well. So the challenge became with a common last name and a general geographical...Read more...
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Book Cover For Diners Drive Ins Dives
It's The Holiday Season, People Are Traveling, So Where Are Some Good Places To Eat? With the holiday season in full swing chances are you're going to find yourself traveling in the coming weeks. You might even find yourself somewhere unfamiliar and want to know where the best places to eat in that area are. Today there are a plethora of options to choose from available by various multimedia means, such as roadfood.com for example. But back in the 1930' that information was much harder to come by. So that's where Duncan Hines stepped in. Turns Out, Duncan Hines Was...Read more...
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Book Cover For Pearl Harbor : From Infamy To Greatness
The U.S.S Oklahoma - A Tale Of Sacrifice And Survival Today is the seventy-seventh anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As time passes and the number of survivors continue to dwindle its important to remember and preserve their stories especially if you have a family connection. One such personal story is one my grandfather told me about a marine officer cousin of his that was "shoved out a porthole" of the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attack by a catholic priest who was allegedly "too big" to fit through it. His cousin was able to swim to shore...Read more...
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