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 week's feature explores children's literature through the more insightful eyes of adulthood. Nostalgically thumbing through old favorites and through new releases, author Bruce Handy presents his top ten picks with backstories on the authors and their lives at the time of publishing. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The 13th novel in Clive Cussler's NUMA series, this week's feature takes action to new heights along the shore of Lampedusa. A power-hungry villain plans to take over the world using a new and deadly weapon called the black mist, while the NUMA team seeks his destruction through legendary means. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The West Lafayette Fire Department has a rich history beginning over a century ago. After the small town was ravaged by several large fires, Fire Station Number 1 and the first squad of firefighters took over to protect the growing community. Many years and fires later, administrator Beth Lane DeHahn has pieced together pictures and stories telling the bravery of the men and women of the department. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature highlights some of the spirited cats you can find at local distilleries across the world. As mice killers and social media stars, these cats bring warmth and fun to the places they work. Filled with cat profiles and even cocktail recipes, any reader can find something perfect just for them. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Some books find us at the perfect moment in our lives, when we need their words the most. Author Will Schwalbe takes readers through some of the most impactful in his life in this week's feature. Spanning decades from the classics to today's bestsellers, each chapter explores the life lessons he discovered in the pages. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Though seemingly stripped from political headlines from the past year, this week's feature was originally published in 1980 as a fictional spy thriller. The reprint is fitting for today's America, as it discusses a businessman's rise to political power and one spy's mission to prove he is working with the Soviet Union. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Years after losing her sister to an eight-year bout with cancer, Molly decided that a deeper dive into her family's healing process was necessary. Her mother, a clinical psychologist from the Lafayette area, pieced together diary entries, interviews, and reflection pieces into a beautifully written memoir of the journey of their grief. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature delves into the moving memoir of Ariel Levy, a staff writer at The New Yorker. When her life seemed at its peak, with a successful career, marriage, and baby on the way, it all unexpectedly fell apart and left her scrambling to pick up the pieces. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Set in a dark future following a worldwide flu pandemic, a troop of actors set out to save the arts as humanity crumbles. As they travel from town to town, a power-hungry prophet twists the fate of the troop and threatens their existence. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

An overnight sensation when she upset Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in 2004, Maria Sharapova has experienced her fair share of highs - and lows. After serving a 15-month suspension for a drug violation, she has come back as a stronger competitor and is sharing her rags-to-riches story with her fans. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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