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 highlights stories of Black Americans and beautiful African artwork from The Zamora Collection. Pieced together in full color side-by-side, the words and pictures gracefully depict the culture, experiences, and emotions of those Americans with African roots. Author Joe Barry Carroll will be visiting the West Lafayette Public Library on Sunday, September 24. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The elegant and various styles of Chinese dim sum can be difficult to navigate, but this week's feature demystifies the tea-time eating experience. With beautiful black-and-white drawings covering over 70 varieties of dim sum, author Carolyn Phillips gives anyone the ability to choose new and exciting bites from their favorite Chinese restaurant. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature delves into the complicated, sometimes violent, often beautiful life of author Sherman Alexie's mother. After her passing, Alexie revisits his tumultuous childhood, highlighting the strange but loving relationship he and his mother had. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature compiles in-depth interviews with iconic guitarists from the 20th century. From Stevie Ray Vaughn to Gregg Allman, Neil Young to Tom Petty, Jas Obrecht's questions are insightful and give readers a closer look at historical events in the world of music.West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The history and culture of the northern Scandinavian countries is deep and unique. From the stories of vikings to the modern tales written by authors like Stieg Larsson, globalization has allowed the rest of the world to revel in the mystique of the north. Described by an outsider, this week's feature explores the rich history of Scandinavia, both from centuries ago and from personal experiences in the last few decades. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Loosely based on historical fact, this week's feature showcases the struggle of Karl Stern, a Jewish teenager growing up in Berlin during the tumultuous 1930s.  After being bullied constantly for his family's religion, Karl seeks refuge and defense with Max Schmeling, a family friend and German boxing hero. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Space travel has been a resounding part of fiction and science throughout the centuries. Different modes of space transportation made appearances in literature and art, with some inspiring what has allowed humans to travel to the moon and beyond. This week's feature explores the developments of space travel, both real and imagined. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Fantasy books for all ages aim to enchant their readers. But when a book has never been picked up, how does that make it feel? Prolific children's writer Cornelia Funke explores the emotions of an unread book in this week's feature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature takes readers through the canals of Venice, traveling from past to present and back again. A hunchback man finds himself in the city after being sent on a mysterious quest from a woman he believes he loves, all the while envisioning how various people from the distant past experienced those same streets. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Though the Ilyiad is well-known, this week's feature delves deeper into the timeless tale. Highlighting the devastating consequences of war in eloquence, author Caroline Alexander combines the meticulous accuracy of a historian with the fluid narrative of a writer. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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