Nick Schenkel Book Reviews http://wbaa.org en Indianapolis Author Mike Mullin trilogy - Ashfall http://wbaa.org/post/indianapolis-author-mike-mullin-trilogy-ashfall <p><em>Ashfall</em> and the follow-up tale, <em>Ashen Winter</em> by Hoosier author Mike Mullin, is part coming of age story and big part adventure – taking us on a peril filled journey of discovery through a modern-day Midwest America ravaged by a cataclysmic natural disaster.&nbsp; The concluding volume, <em>Sunrise</em> will be published this Spring.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:19:32 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 56736 at http://wbaa.org Stealing Athena http://wbaa.org/post/stealing-athena <p>Two strong woman, two very different eras, one uniting story.&nbsp; Mary Elgin used her Scottish fortune to fund the removal (“stealing”) of the marble statuary from the Athenian Acropolis, statuary that the Greek consort to ancient&nbsp; Perikles&nbsp; was so influential in imagining in their original creation.&nbsp; <em>Stealing Athena</em> takes us to both Napoleonic and Ancient Classical Athens as the tales of these two incredible women play out, separated by over 2,000 years, united by a love for beauty.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:28:24 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 54581 at http://wbaa.org She Who Tells A Story http://wbaa.org/post/she-who-tells-story <p><em>She Who Tells A Story</em> takes us into the world of the modern Arab and Iranian culture seen through the lens of women photographers.&nbsp; Beautiful and sometimes jarring, always insightful photographs and essays make this a book you won’t want to miss.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:41:09 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 54067 at http://wbaa.org Death and the Penguin http://wbaa.org/post/death-and-penguin <p><em>Death and the Penguin</em> is one of the more memorable tales you’ll read this year, reminding one of early 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;century absurdist novelists – though without the insects.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 53612 at http://wbaa.org Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe http://wbaa.org/post/architecture-barry-byrne-taking-prairie-school-europe <p>Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan left lasting architectural imprints on West Lafayette.&nbsp; Their student &amp; colleague architect Barry Byrne took their iconic Midwestern prairie architecture to a European audience and perhaps did his mentors “one better”, for Byrne’s influence on modernizing church architecture in both Europe and North America re-imagined the architecture of the Catholic churches he designed.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:59:15 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 52884 at http://wbaa.org Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking http://wbaa.org/post/mastering-art-soviet-cooking <p><em>Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking</em> joins a grand parade of good reading – and eating – by presenting the culinary memories of three generations of a Soviet family as mother and daughter seek to renew their bittersweet&nbsp;memories&nbsp;of Russia’s 20<sup>th</sup> century history through the venue of decadal dinners.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:06:15 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 52114 at http://wbaa.org Erdos and Moore http://wbaa.org/post/erdos-and-moore <p>One was a mathematical genius and the other a leader of offering library services to children.&nbsp; One was focused on the joy of his life to the exclusion of almost everything else, the other was a people person who delighted in working with children and adults. &nbsp;Both are the subjects of delightful biographies for children, parents and anyone else who wants to learn more about the fascinating people&nbsp;who've&nbsp;helped to craft the world we live in today!</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:38:20 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 51105 at http://wbaa.org The Eclectic: The Life and Times of Dr. Wallace W. Wheat http://wbaa.org/post/eclectic-life-and-times-dr-wallace-w-wheat <p><em>The Eclectic</em> tells the story of an iconic Hoosier of his time, Dr. Wallace Wheat, the “herb doctor of the Wabash Valley” who utilized the pharmaceutical powers found in medicinal herbs, focusing on allaying pain and building stronger bodies with natural materials that were ready to hand, techniques and medicines in sharp contrast to the often crude and painful remedies popular among physicians at the time. Hoosier author Laura Clavio’s fictionalized story of Dr. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:50:37 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 50727 at http://wbaa.org Christmas Classics http://wbaa.org/post/christmas-classics <p>The ghost of Christmas future as written by Charles Dickens to the Nativity story told by Luke; Clement Clarke Moore’s “Night Before Christmas” to the culinary delights of Mrs. Beeton’s “One Shilling Cookbook”.&nbsp; O’Henry’s sly “Gift of the Magi” to Sherlock Holmes’ “The Adventure of Blue Carbuncle” – they're all here for you to enjoy in this delightful holiday collection!</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:34:09 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 50308 at http://wbaa.org Snow http://wbaa.org/post/snow <p>Religious vs. Secular.&nbsp; Urban vs. Rural.&nbsp; Orhan Pamuk delves into the differences that set the current Turkish cultural scene and that resonate with many of us in the States as well. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:44:38 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 49553 at http://wbaa.org