Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Arts & Culture
8:55 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Third Coast: When Chicago Built The American Dream

Author Thomas Dyja writes that "the most profound aspects of American modernity grew out of the flat prairie land next to Lake Michigan." - Chicago

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Arts & Culture
12:15 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale

Chasing Francis is the peripatetic story of Chase Falson, a minister whose strong faith in a comprehensible God is shredded by a tragedy within the mega-church his sweat, words and tears built. Told in sensitive prose, we experience Chase’s search for God as if we were there walking with him as he travels Italy in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, a man from 800 years ago who’s own search for God led to a stirring refreshment of Medieval Christendom’s  faith.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

It Can't Be True

This color jammed Doring Kindersly book takes up the gauntlet long ago thrown down by the folks at “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, presenting us with an image rich look at the strange, the odd, the fascinating  world around us. From the depths of space to the deeps of the ocean, from the high mountains to the deep valleys, densely populated modern world to the prehistoric earth of yesteryear, the range is wide and full of surprising comparisons to delight readers of all ages.

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War

It’s a warm summer in 1812 as our story opens in the wooded environs of Fort Wayne, Territorial Indiana.  Our story alternates between James, the American and Anikwa, the Miami Indian, their friendship founded on the like interests of two young men living on the edge of the new American civilization, more familiar with the woods that surround them than with the brewing war between the new American nation and the British Empire and their Native American allies that inevitably reaches their wooded outpost.  Helen Frost presents a riveting story where tensions slowly build between these soon-t

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri October 4, 2013

The Arabian Nights

This translation of "The Arabian Nights" is the complete text of the Mahdi edition, said to be the definitive Arabic edition of a fourteenth-century manuscript, which is the oldest surviving version of the tales and considered to be the most authentic.

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Arts & Culture
5:28 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

All The Babe's men

The newest book by Eldon Ham "All The Babe's Men: Baseball's Greatest Home Run Seasons and How They Changed America"

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Arts & Culture
7:58 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

The Northwest Passage: Atlantic to Pacific

Thread the icy waterways with this Bradt travel guide of The Northwest Passage: Atlantic to Pacific: A Portrait and Guide.  Adventurous travelers will grab the chance, and this book, when they see the spectacular Canadian archipelago in a way 16th century mariners could only dream about.

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Arts & Culture
6:34 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Love Potion No. 10

A local pharmacist is so taken with the early 1960's hit song "Love Potion Number 9" that he develops a “good for what ails ya” tonic t to capitalize on both the song’s popularity and the tonic’s reputed romantic results with hilarious success. Love Potion No. 10 is quiet fiction that sings.

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Arts & Culture
7:29 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Manuscript Found in Accra

This is the latest 'novel' by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho.  Unlike his most recent books, "A Manuscript Found in Accra" follows the pattern of one of his earlier works and is a collection of wisdom sayings and sage advice around various life topics.

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Arts & Culture
5:42 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Storm Kings

This is the story of our nation’s earliest tornado chasers – from the day Benjamin Franklin whacked his riding crop at a whirlwind he chased into a Maryland woodland to the storm watchers of WW II, meet up with early proto-scientists and awe-struck adrenalin junkies who back in the day didn’t have motor cars to drive nor much scientific knowledge to explain the violent weather they chased.  But  they were as awed by the power of rampaging nature as those who travel with storms today.  This is quite a story!

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