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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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.

This week's book title seems to grab at your attention. Rightfully so, this book covers what might contribute to bad practices at work environments in the 21st century. Dr. Will Miller offer some great explanations and suggestions as to increase your wellbeing at work. The book does not seem like a lecture, but rather, a conversation about habits with the Purdue Professor. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's book is a grand book that features African American folkloric literature. The chapters are grouped into thematic titles and makes for an interesting and informative read.  This encyclopedic book features a chapter of illustrations. This book reminds us that this country's culture draw upon the wealth of those all around the world. The book is also full of stories to make one think of the beautiful world we live in. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

This week's book is a detailed read about one of the world's most iconic mountain ranges from an author who is afraid of heights. The Alps have played a significant role in history and in the cinema. The book weaves readers in and out of the tall peaks and first person perspective of the mountains. On the way you will find many interesting and insightful observations from the author. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's book covers one of the world's most interesting art mysteries. To this day the painting from the Gardner Heist are still missing, with a 10 million dollar reward. Follow Ulrich Boser as he takes you deeper into the mystery and as he eventually uncovers new evidence for the case. A great read for those who love a mystery. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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