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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With a bee population that continues to decline of late, the fruits and vegetables grown to feed the world may be in jeopardy. The Xerces Society works to encourage the general public to reincorporate bees into their lives, and have released a guide to plants that can attract them. With a lengthy index and detailed information about each plant, gardeners all over the country can find things to grow that are native to their region. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Renowned author Michael Chabon explores the life of his terminally-ill grandfather in this week's feature. Through his adventurous tales, ranging from love and marriage to space shuttles, Chabon's grandfather toes the line between extraordinary and fantasy. Leaving readers wondering what is real and what is not, Moonglow paints a deathbed confession in a whimsical light. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

A tale of teenage love and loss, this week's feature explores small-town life in the Midwest and a family navigating through it. A tragic accident takes the life of Dru Ann's love, and her spiral of grief trickles into the lives of everyone around her. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Many presidents tend to fade into seclusion after their tenure in the White House, but George W. Bush has brought his post-presidency hobby to the public's attention. An avid painter, he decided to create portraits of American war veterans and service members, to commemorate the sacrifices they made for their country. The paintings are accompanied by stories that give insight to the veteran's personal lives, with Bush's comments on his time spent with them. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Native American life is largely characterized by stereotypes when looking from the outside in, ignoring the unique cultures that truly exist. Author Kent Nerburn has immersed himself into Native American communities, learning about their beliefs and values, and understanding how their perspective differs from Western culture. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Although globalization has brought Easterners and Westerners closer, differences in culture are still stark. The focus of the self, business practices, and education are just a few ways the two sides of the globe seem to split. Author Gish Jen has constructed this week's feature with cultural psychology research and personal anecdotes to bring light to how the culture gap can be understood and ultimately appreciated. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

One of the largest marches in recent history, the Women's March in January 2017 was an international event. Spanning two days, women, men, and children marched in all seven continents to support minority rights and equality. This week's feature is a collection of full-color photos, telling the stories of the individuals who were part of the movement. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, this week's features showcase two collections of prose by female authors. Carrie Newcomer, a beloved singer-songwriter based in Indiana, released an insider-look into her writing process and inspirations in A Permeable Life. And Lynn Emmanuel, a prominent poet, has collected pieces from her other collections and formed The Nerve of It. ​West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

From local author Carmen Pascal Fabian, this week's feature follows the lives of two peasants from rural Italy as they maneuver through the rule of Mussolini. A tale of love and loss, distance and reunion, The Long Years brings a history-rich plot to the age-old story of true love. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

While the universe seems like a large and fearful place, humans have come to understand more and more about what lies beyond the atmosphere in recent history. Known for their understandable prose, this week's feature is written by three famous astrophysicists who aim to get readers excited for the complicated world outside our own. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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