First published in 2010, The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking is a thought-provoking science book co-written by Leonard Mlodinow. In this book, both physicists explores and inspects the history and theories of science in finding explanations on the existence of the universe. It states that the Big Bang is purely a result of the physics laws and bringing up God is probably unnecessary to explain the origins of the universe. In defending his view, Hawking once said, “One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist, but science makes God unnecessary.”
Grunge Is Dead by Greg Prato (fully entitled Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music) is a brilliantly revealing book about grunge and Seattle music. It was written based on more than 130 interviews with the musicians and people who were actually in the scene. As a result, Prato successfully delivered an extensive oral history of Seattle underground music scene, pre and post grunge hysteria in the 90’s. From those massive interviews, Prato offered new perspectives on big names of that era such as Nirvana (and Kurt Cobain), Pearl Jam (and Eddie Vedder), Alice in Chains (and Layne Staley), the Melvins, Mudhoney, and many others.
A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears is an entertaining and enlightening book by Antonino D’Ambrosio. Originally published in 2009, the book digs into the rather unusual but powerful collaboration of Johnny Cash and folksinger Peter La Farge. The two musician worked together and released an album in 1964 entitled Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. It was a quite controversial album at the time because it sounded the unfair and harsh treatment against native Americans.
Originally released in 2007, Slash Autobiography chronicles the journey of Saul “Slash” Hudson from his early childhood, his rock stardom era with Guns N’ Roses, until life after the band broke up. Co-written by Anthony Bozza, Slash reveals untold stories from his point of view. Many of those stories are from or related with the massive success of Guns N’ Roses and the outrageous lifestyle that came with it. Some of those stories might sound too much or a bit over the to. However, as the biography tagline says: “It seems excessive, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
For those who want to join the revolutionary cryptocurrency, Mastering Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M Antonopoulos offers a great starting point. Bitcoin mining is one of the most radical and most influential trends in the digital era. It can be an extremely lucrative field for those who understand how things work in cryptocurrency and how to exploit them. Although mostly intended for more advanced coders/programmers, the book also provides basic and fundamental explanation for new comers in Bitcoin.
Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book 2017 Release is a thorough lesson on the most powerful (and used) image editing software. Written by Andrew Faulkner and Conrad Chavez, the book offers easy-to-follow tutorials for various levels of readers. New comers in Photoshop can learn the fundamental concepts and features to master the program. While more advanced users might discover new tips and techniques to unleash the full potential of the program (and themselves).
To-the-point and easy, complete with instructive images, Excel Basics in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont is a very handy guide to get to know with Microsoft Excel. The book offers valuable tips and tricks for those with limited mastery on the software. For those who never used the Excel, it offers an excellent and solid foundation to master the software.
Delivering a mind-boggling true story of a most wanted con man, Catch Me if You Can by Frank W Abagnale is an outrageous and uproarious semi-autobiography. Co-written by Stan Redding, the book chronicles Frank’s notorious “adventure” during his younger years when he conned numerous people and cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks.