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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (January 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764334212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764334214
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,903,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thoroughly entertaining read and guidebook." Marylin Hudson for Orange Coast magazine September 2010.

"The information about each person was iteresting and "enough" for a quick read and a good overview - serving as a delicious "appetizer" to get me interested in learning more. I enjoyed the book and look forward to doing some additional research on a variety of people who I didn't know before reading this." Guy Ball,  The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society, April 2010.

About the Author

Award winning author Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with degrees in both Criminal Justice and History. His many literary awards include the 2011 Readers Favorite Best Book Awards (Silver Medal) and 2012 International Book Awards (Winner). He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Authors Guild, and American Society of Journalists & Authors. Michael resides in Orange, California.

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Michael Thomas Barry is the critically acclaimed author of five books that include Final Resting Places Orange County's Dead & Famous (2010); Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950 (2011); Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949 (2012); Great Britain's Royal Tombs: The Lives & Burial Places of British Monarchs (2012); Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (July 2013); and America's Literary Legends: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (January, 2015). His first original e-short story - Once in a Blue Moon: A Short Story was released in early November 2013. His books have been reviewed by The Orange County Register, Orange Coast Magazine, OC Metro and many others. The author has also made numerous radio and televison appearances that include Investigation Discovery Channel's "Deadly Women" series and PBS-SoCal's "Real Orange."

Michael's many literary awards include the 2010, 2011, 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards (finalist), 2011 Reader's Favorite Best Book Awards (silver medal), 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (finalist), 2012 & 2013 International Book Awards (winner), 2013 & 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (finalist), 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards (winner), 2013 Readers Favorite International Book Awards (honorable mention), 2013 Halloween Book Festival (winner), and 2013 Southern California Book Festival (honorable mention).

He is a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com, where he pens the column "This Week in crime history." Michael is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with degrees in both history and criminal justice. The author is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, The Authors Guild, The Crime Writers Association, and American Society of Journalists & Authors. Michael lives in Orange, California with his wife, Christyn and their two golden retrievers, Jake and Madison.

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Being an Orange County native I loved this book.
K. Eazell
While the information provided was quite detailed and well-documented, Barry's writing style was readable,interesting, and of professional calibre.
Crabigail Cassidy
Before I started reading the book I thought it might be of local interest.
Jym Cherry

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on February 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
The main attraction of Final Resting Places is of course our interest in famous people even after death. You'll meet quite a few, John Wayne, Richard Nixon, Eddie Cochran, and Pam Courson. Also the early pioneers of the area like Jose Antonio Yorba, and Maria Jesus Ontiveros Langenberger. You'll also read their stories, the inherent drama of lives lived whether famous, infamous, pioneering, or fates ended much too early.

If you're a resident of Orange County you might be surprised at the history you discover. Such as the origin of the name of Anaheim, or the personages you'll meet like Addison Pratt. A 19th century Forrest Gump, he was at the right place at the right time for some very significant happenings of the 19th century.

But you don't have to be a resident of Orange County to enjoy or want to read this book. Before I started reading the book I thought it might be of local interest. Not being a resident of Orange County, I didn't think I'd be too interested in the history of the county or of it's early pioneers. As I read Mr. Barry's profiles very quickly made these people real as well and put their lives and deaths into perspective.

The book is formatted very simply, very easy to use and read. It's laid out by cemetery and includes directions and contact information to each cemetery as well as a little history of the cemetery itself. The profiles of the cemetery inhabitants are similarly laid out. Each profile has a short synopsis of the person's life. I think the longest was a page and half long, but Mr. Barry puts a lot of information in the synopsis of who the people were, what they did in life and why they're included in the book. Each profile is ended by directions of where to find the person in the cemetery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crabigail Cassidy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2010
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This book was a recommendation from Amazon. I ordered it with trepidation as the publisher specializes in hobby related books that have nice pictures and varying degrees of useful and/or interesting information. However, this was one offering from Schiffer that scored high marks with this reader. For the most part, the cemeteries of Orange County do not offer any revelations for me. I was a little surprised that several famous/semi-famous grave locations had been omitted, but the book's emphasis on historical and infamous permanent residents of the county more than compensated for information I already have. The amount of thorough and intensive biographical research that Michael Barry did while working on this book was very impressive. While the information provided was quite detailed and well-documented, Barry's writing style was readable,interesting, and of professional calibre. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Orange County, famous or infamous dead folks, or cemetery culture. This is a nifty little gem and a steal for the price point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gray on February 2, 2010
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I live near Orange County and found this book very interesting and fun to read. I was unaware of the many famous people that are laid to rest in Orange County. It was also very interesting reading the details of some major events that took place in Orange County and the people involved. Michael's writing style is easy to follow and very informative. Like Michael, I am a huge baseball fan and it was great reading about all the baseball players he included in the book. I highly recommend this book if you are not only interested in the final resting places but also the history of Orange County. Great job Michael! Go Cubs Go!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Orchido on April 22, 2010
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Like the format and the mix of stars, atheletes and others.....would recommend it for a beginner who wants to spend a good day or two visiting Orange County.
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Being an Orange County native I loved this book. I thought I knew where every famous or not so famous were buried in the OC. But Michael Barry found a few more. I liked the way the book walked you right to the grave and on to the next one. Great job. And the Murder and Mayhem section in the back of the book. Great job. Go buy it.
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