Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Book Review: If Mayors Ruled the World

If Mayors ruled the world we’d be much better served- no matter how large a population is involved, Mayor-led  government, in the end as in the beginning, is about filling potholes in the street – not so much ideology as practical “how do I get this done” government.  That’s the thesis of this international look at why local government might just be the nexus for all government in the coming decades.

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Arts & Culture
7:20 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Book Review: In The Country of Men


The unnamed North African nation is a state of being more than a country, a story without borders or time told in this emotionally moving tale through the eyes of a man remembering a summer of his boyhood when his family and the world he knew was torn apart by revolution.  Nominated for a Mann Booker Prize In The Country of Men will be the featured book in our new Fall Muslim Journeys Book Discussion at the West Lafayette Public Library on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Book Review: No Graves As Yet

One hundred years ago this month Sir Edward Grey wrote "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time" as the First World War began. 

Novelist Anne Perry takes us deep into the British psyche that fateful summer of 1914 with this murder-mystery where we meet characters whose idyllic lives at Cambridge University are torn apart by murder, deceit and the looming darkness of continental war. 

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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Nick Schenkel Book Reviews: The Starboard Sea

A first novel, this is one of those rare and exciting finds, marvelously capturing both the brittleness of youth culture and the soon-to-be, wanting-to-be adult personality – the bravado and the inner doubts. It's a book that features young adult characters with themes and prose that will captivate readers regardless if they are teens or adults.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

These essays written by young Muslim women take us into their everyday lives with extraordinary insights and writing skills. It is, as well,a thoughtful antidote to the fear expressed by many Americans towards those who profess Islam. Love InshAllah is a book I’m glad to recommend to your attention!

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