Nick Schenkel


Nick Schenkel is the director of the West Lafayette Public Library, and reviews books from all walks of literature.

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  Translated from it's original text by Howard Goldblatt, Apricot's Revenge follows the case of a rich Chinese businessman, suspiciously found dead during a casual afternoon swim. Along with twists and turns that take the reader from suspect to suspect, the beautifully translated language is as gripping as the plot. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.



  Life always has its challenges we must deal with. But when the challenge is a degenerative disease like early-onset Alzheimer's, it can make even the most simple things difficult. The Day We Met is such a story about a woman who finally puts all the pieces of happiness together, just to realize she has been diagnosed with the terrible disease. The novel is a collection of her journal entries, and the entries of her loving husband and oldest daughter.

  While the entire state of Indiana is celebrating its 200th birthday, the establishment of Indiana's state parks is having it's 100th anniversary in 2016. The 24 parks around the state have been commemorated by Matt Williams, who has captured the beauty and wonder of each unique location. With historical narrations and explanations of what each park has to offer, Hoosiers now have a breathtaking guide to the state's wilderness. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  A book written by the second man on the moon would be expected to encapsulate that incredible experience and give detail as to the space mission itself. Buzz Aldrin though, a man described as quirky, hilarious, and very witty, decided instead to incorporate that story into a large memoir and life guide for readers. Filled with life lessons on how to be happy, pursue the biggest dreams, and enjoy every moment of life, No Dream Is Too High brings the thrill of Apollo to the newest generation. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

  Sherlock Holmes, by far the most famous detective in the world, has spurred interest for over a century. With incredible amounts of fan fiction, a few blockbusters, and even replica home tours attributed to his name, the detective is still an international icon. Author Zach Dundas explores Holmes' rise to fame and how his legend has lived on throughout the decades in  The Great Detective.

  Thousands of holidays are recognized around the world, celebrating a multitude of different historic events and rituals. In the US, popular holidays hold religious, secular, and fun meanings, and sometimes combinations of the three. America's Favorite Holidays: Candid Histories delves into the histories and traditions of some of the most renowned holidays in this country, recounting both religious backgrounds and traditions carried through recent history. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  Although the US space program played a huge role in pop culture decades ago, the new century and new generations bring with it a push toward the future and a fading of the past. Abandon In Place, written and photographed by Roland Miller, depicts the forgotten landing sites left behind during the space era. With equally beautiful and haunting photos of rusted crafts and hangers from around the country, readers are brought back to the historical significance of NASA and its many launches into space. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Book Review: Emporium

Mar 25, 2016

  Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winning author, has re-released Emporium, his collection of short stories. While originally written years ago, Emporium contains futuristic and realistic scenarios that are still relevant today. Focusing on stuck middle-aged characters, Johnson weaves mesmerizing tales about desert adventures, flower beds, wolf encounters, and every lonely moment that falls in between. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  It is human nature to question why we exist, and if there is some other form of life in another universe. Science over the last 500 years has been pondering the possibilities of life, both on the micro scale and on other planets. Although some things have turned from science fiction into science fact, we still have hundreds, even thousands, of "what ifs" left unanswered. The Copernicus Complex delves into these inquiries with a discussion of past discoveries in the fields of biology and astronomy, and looks into the future with hypotheses and hopes for discoveries to come.