John Muller

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Book Cover For Jewel City
Unique Connection To History And Art The San Jose Public Library has various pieces of art here at the main library and throughout its many branches for customers to appreciate and enjoy. This got me to thinking about my own connection to the the art world, and to that of my great-great-great aunt's husband Godfrey Lundberg. He painstakingly hand crafted a piece so intricate that it took some three years to complete, required a magnifying glass just to view it, and the artist had a physical breakdown when it was over. So what was this unusual artwork and why is...Read more...
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Unique In More Ways Than One In one way or the other we all have various family traditions. One in my family is a long established and fairly distinguished military tradition, which included my grandmother, who served in the Woman's Army Corps during World War II. I always found this fascinating mostly because she had various options with which to aid in the war effort, yet she chose active duty. I recently discovered another pioneering female relative who had a unique distinction, my 3rd cousin 8 times removed was a Private during the American Revolution, and her name was Deborah...Read more...
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Book Cover For Atomic Habits
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for April. Here are the previous lists for March and April . Enjoy! Top Fiction Redemption by David Baldacci Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Past Tense by Lee Child Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty The First Lady by James Patterson The Reckoning by John Grisham The Chef by James Patterson Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle O'Bama Educated by...Read more...
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Book Jacket Home Body
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for April. Here are the previous lists for February and March . Enjoy! Top Fiction The First Lady by James Patterson Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Past Tense by Lee Child Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty The Chef by James Patterson The Reckoning by John Grisham Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle O'Bama...Read more...
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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 March. 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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