Description : After having met thousands of musicians and celebrities, James Hester decided to write a book about how life in the entertainment industry was not always glamorous to him. His book, "Rock Scars," chronicles his personal journey through entertainment and explores the essentials of being a rock star. While traveling the road to fame and fortune, Hester investigates various facets of entertainment including demographics, religion, sex, politics, and drugs. His writing is a heart-felt memoir giving readers an insider's perspective on an industry that often encourages controversy and exploitation. James has witnessed both the ecstasies as well as the debaucheries of rock 'n roll. Although "Rocks Scars" contains a wealth of serious content, it is also laced with an abundant dose of the author's own dry humor. Hester relied heavily on his humor when he navigated his way through the mire and muck of becoming a superstar. James encourages readers to laugh and to shine like stars throughout his writing.
Description : The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight make Antarctica virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet a world of extraordinary wildlife persists in these harsh conditions, including leopard seals, giant squid, 50-foot algae, sea spiders, coral, multicolored sea stars, and giant predatory worms. Now, as temperatures rise, this fragile ecosystem is under attack. In this closely observed account, one of the world's foremost experts on Antarctica gives us a highly original and distinctive look at a world that we're losing.
Description : Engineer Geologic Mapping is a guide to the principles, concepts, methods, and practices involved in geological mapping, as well as the applications of geology in engineering. The book covers related topics such as the definition of engineering geology; principles involved in geological mapping; methods on how to make engineering geological maps; and rock and soil description and classifications. Also covered in the book are topics such as the different kinds of engineering geological mapping; the zoning concept in engineering geological mapping; terrain evaluation; construction sites; and land and water management. The text is recommended for engineers and geologists who would like to be familiarized with the concepts and practices involved in geological mapping.
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Description : Janis Joplin was the skyrocket chick of the sixties, the woman who broke into the boys' club of rock and out of the stifling good-girl femininity of postwar America. With her incredible wall-of-sound vocals, Joplin was the voice of a generation, and when she OD'd on heroin in October 1970, a generation's dreams crashed and burned with her. Alice Echols pushes past the legary Joplin-the red-hot mama of her own invention-as well as the familiar portrait of the screwed-up star victimized by the era she symbolized, to examine the roots of Joplin's muscianship and explore a generation's experiment with high-risk living and the terrible price it exacted. A deeply affecting biography of one of America's most brilliant and tormented stars, Scars of Sweet Paradise is also a vivid and incisive cultural history of an era that changed the world for us all.
Description : This is a story about a grandmother who shielded her grandchildren and diverted their focus from the impending war. Join her as she enthralls hergrandchildren with a story of a tortoise that captivated the animal world with the beauty of his shell that seemed to illuminate its path with colorsof the rainbow. She will take you to the world of animals when a long forgotten language was spoken, you will be spell bound by tortoise's demise whenhis shell ended up with scars and lost its luminous beauty. The back drop of this story is a looming war that can be heard far away.
Description : "Sinkholes and Subsidence" provides a twenty-first century account of how the various subsidence features in carbonate and evaporite rocks cause problems in development and construction in our living environment. The authors explain the processes by which different types of sinkholes develop and mature in karst terrains. They consider the various methods used in site investigations, both direct and indirect, to locate the features associated with these hazards and risks, highlighting the value of hazard mapping. Various ground improvement techniques and the special types of foundation structures which deal with these problems are covered in the second half of the text. This book is supplemented with a wealth of actual case studies and solutions, written by invited experts.