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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Aug 3, 2012

Toni Morrison’s quiet evocation of an America deeply divided by racial segregation is thought provoking and at the same time uplifting and redemptive.  The beauty of her prose paints this story with poetic grace.

Bringing Nature Home offers us a new way of gardening and landscaping, a new way of thinking and doing, all  aimed at bringing native American wildlife back to the forefront of the American suburban and urban landscape.

Vonnegut's tale of family greed and compassion in a rural Indiana community can certainly be read as a screed against wealth.  I'd like to suggest that we can also read God Bless You Mr. Rosewater through Vonnegut's lens of finding fault with nearly every human character he encountered -- AND finding a spark of humanity in those same characters as well.  Give my review a listen -- or better yet, read the book -- and let me know what YOU think!

Agony of the Leaves

Jul 13, 2012

The Agony of the Leaves: the ecstasy of my life with tea is a tangy “foodies” remembrance and celebration of teas past – and present!

Mid-Life

Jul 6, 2012

Mid-Life a graphic novel that tells the story of 40 year John, an every-man who struggles to make sense of the often perilous territory that is the life of so many men today.  For all John’s and the other characters foibles, our story ends on a surprisingly optimistic note.

Mary Granville Pendarves Delany, upon her second husband's death, arose from her grief, picked up a pair of scissors, and, at the age of seventy-two, created a new art form: mixed media collage.

Join Poggio Brocciolini, Renaissance Humanist, as he uncovers a long lost poem from Ancient Rome that shakes up the Western World’s way of thinking about our world and our place in it. A blend of mystery, biography, intellectual adventure and the quirky ways that luck plays into life, The Swerve is a marvelous example of intelligent writing and storytelling!”

An illustrated 'field' guide to the technology that keeps our cities and town working!

Deciding the family’s condo is much too small for her newly blended family, amateur sleuth Claire Malloy falls in love with the home of her dreams – too bad it’s located in a neighborhood populated by an extended family whose members sport a range of eccentricities which Claire discovers includes murder!   Still….there’s the lure of THAT house….When the last page was turned I found Claire Malloy is a character I’d like to spend more time with and I think you will too!

How Rome Fell

Jun 1, 2012

What happened to the greatest empire the Western world has ever known? Historian Adrian Goldsworthy takes up his pen after his marvelously written biography of  Caesar and takes up the epic history of the last centuries of the Roman Empire, telling the story with a novel’s ebb and flow, enough characters to make the eyes and the mind dance, and a few hints here and there about what Rome’s decline may – or may not – portend for our modern world.

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