Nick Schenkel Book Reviews en Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter <p>As a young girl growing up in the 1860s on a Wabash County, Indiana, farm, Geneva Grace Stratton received a wondrous gift from her father, Mark, who had noticed his daughter's love for nature and wildlife, especially the larks, cardinals, passenger pigeons, swallows, and hawks that flew overhead.&nbsp; He declared that all birds on the farm belonged to her, and she was to become their protector.&nbsp; "I was the friend and devoted champion of every bird that nested in the garden, on the fences, on the ground, in the bushes, in the dooryard, or in the orchard trees," she noted years earlier. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:37:40 +0000 Nick Schenkel Book Reviews 58983 at 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 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 She Who Tells A 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 Death and the 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 Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to 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 Mastering the Art of 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 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 The Eclectic: The Life and Times of 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 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