Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Book Review: Dept. of Speculation

Department of Speculation puts a welcome spin on stream-of-thought fiction with quirky writing focused on the life of a young urban dweller that is diving into speculation about her life, discovering the excitement of romance and the confusing and ultimately rewarding world of marriage and family life.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Sharpshooter: A Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Mystery

Napa Valley offers sunny skies, fine food and especially rich tasting wines.  But there are sharpshooters wandering this beautiful land - one a tiny wasp that murders the grape vines of the valley, the other a human character who takes the life of a local vintner on a quiet moonlit night. Sunny McCoskey entangles herself – and us - in both threads in this taut, fast paced mystery novel.

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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

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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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