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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Magnetic North is magnetic in more ways than one! Author Sara Wheeler takes us into the far north of our planet, a region that has drawn explorers from all over the world in search of fame, fortune, or a place to call home.  Responding to her own curiosity about the arctic world, Wheeler – and her reader --  finds a world of frozen landscapes, daring adventure and sometimes, warm hearts. 

The villagers of Three Pines, Quebec are thrown into an uneasy state of suspicion and suspense as they learn that one of their own residents was most likely murdered.  Author  Louise Penny introduces us to an endearing cast of small town characters as Montreal detective Inspector Gamache and his team interrupt small town life to solve the mystery of ‘who killed Jane Duncan as she was walking through her beloved woods’.

Phillip Gulley's writing is simply presented, thoughtful and wise.  With Porch Talk Gulley engages his readers in a conversation about the unintended joys and sometime surprises of small town living - Gulley is a long time resident of Danville, Indiana.  You could say that reading Phillip Gulley is like conversing with an old friend - time well and honestly spent.

It was a truce called by the soldiers themselves at Christmas on December 25, 1914.  Amidst the slaughter and filth that was trench warfare during WWI, British and German soldiers themselves halted the war so that each could celebrate peace on earth and good will to men for one special day.

Also recommended: Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub

We The Animals

Dec 2, 2011

We the Animals, a debut novel by Justin Torres.  The book is narrated by the youngest of three sons as chapter by chapter they 'tear' their way through childhood.

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer, Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder.

Food writer Dave DeWitt describes how some of America's most famous colonial leaders not only established America's political destiny, but also revolutionized the very foods we eat.

Rafa

Nov 11, 2011

The sports auto-biography of one of the greatest tennis players of this generation, Rafael Nadal.

Divided Paths: Common Ground, The story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, two pioneering Purdue women who introduced science into the home.

Author and photographer Harold Lee Miller has put together a collection of over 100, full page photos taken at county fairs and the Indiana state fair.  This book is published by the Indiana Historical Society Press and has a forward written by Indiana essayist Phillip Gulley.

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