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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   Public libraries rank only below emergency services and fire departments as the most important public service to local communities. As an establishment that has been around for centuries, public libraries have seen all facets of American culture, and has adapted with the changing times. Part Of Our Lives explores the history of the first libraries and how they came to be in almost every community around the nation.

Traveling books are among the most popular checked out of public libraries, and today's books are unique variations on the normal "where to go and eat" guides. Escape London is for the London traveler or native, looking for quainter locations outside the busy city. The Rough Guide to Vintage London explores the alternative spots within the city, alive with food, fashion, and culture. The combination of these books cover the traveling needs for any tourist. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

A bold new twist on the average take of Christianity is waiting in the pages of Accidental Saints. Contemporary and relatable, the chapters following author Nadia Bolz-Weber's life as she navigates her faith provides both believers and non-believers a new way to look at the world. As her second book, Bolz-Weber dissects the good and bad in others, and discusses how her interactions shape her faith. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

  Author Hisham Matar, known widely for In the Country of Men, has released a biographical account of his journey that inspired his first novel. As he searched for information about his missing father from the Gaddafi regime, he returns to his childhood home in Libya. Beautifully written and brutally honest, Matar brings the controversy of the Libyan dictatorship to the forefront. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

   Guides to travel are incredibly popular and usually highlight great places to eat and see, and things to do. But many travelers do not include some important sites on their itinerary. The Atlas of Lost Cities invites travelers to peruse the globe of destinations forgotten, destroyed by natural and manmade causes, and places yet to be inhabited. From ancient civilizations to future sites of life, include some of these fascinating places in your itinerary. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  Set in ancient Rome, this mystery novel is perfect for the election season. An unidentified corpse is found by workers in an auction house, and it strangely has ties to the fierce upcoming political race. Our protagonist, Flavia Aeria, sets out to solve the mystery and help her friends win the election. Full of wit, history, and relevance, Deadly Election is just one of many mystery novels by author Lindsey Davis. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  Poetry month in April celebrated many great titles, including One Today by Richard Blanco, Digest by Gregory Pardlo, and The Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. Each are prize-winning pieces, covering a multitude of subjects like fatherhood, progress and hope, thankfulness, and more. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.   

  The much-anticipated eighth part of the Harry Potter saga is released on July 31. The story begins nineteen peaceful years after the Battle at Hogwarts, where Harry and Ginny are saying goodbye to their children on their way to school. Although in script-form, the next addition is full of the same intricate dilemmas, light humor, and magic that are characteristic of the seven novels that came before. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  Often, what makes a great horror novel is the notion that the characters and situations are easily perceived as possible. An unseen, lurking evil that seems to exist only for you - that is a fear we all can relate to when we find ourselves in a place alone.  The Sorrows bring those fears to life with characters temporarily residing on an abandoned island for musical inspiration. The building suspense throughout the novel grips readers, as Johnathan Janz makes his writing debut. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.