Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

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Sixteen-year-old Sarah Kelley just wants to dance with her friends underneath the moonlight, but what she finds in the dark of night is sinister and strange. Hoosier author Aaron Galvin constructs a chilling tale of the aftermath of the Salem witch trials in his historical thriller, Salem's Vengeance. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review of the first book in Galvin's Salem Trilogy.

The L.S. Ayres department store was a keystone of Indianapolis for more than a hundred years before its branch stores closed their doors in 2006. Ayres was known for its decadent tea room, ornate window displays, and collection of high-end women's fashion. Author Kenneth Turchi fondly traces the long history of the store in his book L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has this review. 

Before anyone got their news from Facebook or Twitter, telegrams made current events accessible around the globe. The invention's rise in popularity allowed the American Civil War to become one of the first conflicts to spark global interest.

The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War by Professor Don Doyle examines how the war was received in the rest of the world, and how both sides attempted to sway international opinion. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has this review.

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Purdue currently has a “Dean of Students,” as many colleges do. But in the early part of the 20th Century, it had a “Dean of Women” – a position held, in succession, by several women who shaped both the job and the way female students were seen at the school.

That position is the subject of Angie Klink’s book “The Dean’s Bible,” which itself is the subject of this week’s book review by West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel.

From her first comics published in the Evergreen State College school paper to her influential weekly comic strip, Ernie Pook's Comeek, books, novels, graphic memoirs and plays, Lynda Barry has been part of the North American alternative comics scene for thirty years. In her first book, What It Is: The Formless Thing Which Gives Things Form, Lynda Barry singlehandedly created a literary genre all her own: the graphic-memoir-how-to. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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