Nick Schenkel

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

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"Wade in the Water" is a collection of poems by Tracy K. Smith. Smith is currently serving as the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States. West Lafayette public library director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

 

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die features the most interesting, peculiar and remarkable cemeteries across the globe. The books author, Lauren Rhoads, is also the host of the popular Cemetery Travel blog. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: Renee

Jun 22, 2018

  

"Renee" is a suspenseful sci-fi novel about a woman who travels 1,000 years into the future. The books author, Jessica Eise, is a Ross Fellow in the Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication doctoral program. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Jieun Baek reveals the inner workings of North Korea’s Information Underground, a courageous group of people risking their lives to bring the isolated country all of the films, television shows, soap operas, books, and encyclopedias that its own militaristic regime has banned. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

This country is filled with beautiful people from all different ethnicities and this week's book features a delightful amount of Puerto Rican dishes. Not only are there recipes, but there are also detailed stories about the dishes and why it was significant to the author. It can be hard to immigrate to another place, but food always helps! The author adds a southern twist to many recipes and does not forget dessert. She has also incorporated some recipes for vegetarians. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's book highlights the unique geography of these United States. He drives from coast to coast, noting different things about each part he goes through. Kaplan notes Purdue, among other universities in the modern Midwest and their impact on the Midwest. He talks about the Mormons culture, as he moves towards Utah and the West. He eventually makes it all the way to the naval base at San Diego, California. A beautiful cross country travel log by Robert D.Kaplan. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's book features a sleepy town, whose main interest is in the sport of hockey. A win at the junior  ice hockey championships seems like the only cure for this long forgotten town. Everything seems to be going right until a scandal sweeps the team. Accusations between one of the star players and a local girl spreads like wildfire. What will the town do?  West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Sara Jane Coffman is a local author who has written some interesting books in the past. She is very candid and likes to share details of her life for a good laugh. In the process, Coffman gives us some tips on travel and life. She likes to discuss hard topics like the Chicago Cubs and Indiana's obsession with the team.  She talks a lot about her family and personal life which are a pretty interesting read. She has a great personality and gives a great look into a middle class family in Indiana. It is quite a fun read, West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week we have two books. April, celebrates National Poetry month, and it is only right for us to talk about not one, but two poetry books. The first book features a little troublesome boy and the mischievous things that he is up to. To contrast that, we have a book of poems written by Suleyman, a very important and loved sultan in the 16th century Ottoman empire. Even though it is a translation, it is still interesting to compare and contrast it with the children's book.  West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Book Review: Craeft

Apr 6, 2018

Alexander Langlands brings to light the word craft and what has happened to that word in recent years. He takes us back in time as he discusses how things were made especially the craft of makings things  in the past. The archeologist and medieval professor adds his own flare of facts and details as he progresses through the book. What has industrialization done to our society and how has it influenced our understanding of the word craft? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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