Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

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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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary, Second Edition

Boasting 25,000 entries and more than 8,000 illustrations, the serendipity of discovery beckons on every page! Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “… a wonder to behold...” and I think you'll agree.

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Arts & Culture
5:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Cruising in Your Eighties is Murder

Lead character Paul Jacobson is an 80 year old with a daily short term memory challenges but he's one heck of a retired investigator! A thoughtful plot, appealing characters, and most importantly in my mind, an honest look at the travails and joys of old age today make this latest entry in the new genre of "Geezer Lit" worth your reading time.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

Jacob Tomsky’s  Heads in Beds is a great read for anyone who plans on putting their head in a hotel bed.  His posh hotel postings  give his true-life stories a glitz and glamour that rings true when he tells us what he's seen, heard, smelled - and done - to guests, to celebrities and to other hotel employees.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State

It's an irreverent, yet thoughtful, and very interesting look at one of our most fascinating states.  Perhaps as our author has it, the state that best describes America.

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Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Riddle of the Labyrinth

Mysterious ancient writing, a once spectacular palace, the fabled maze of the Minotaur, the sun drenched Mediterranean island of Crete.  All of these make up the building blocks for this marvelous true-tale of how a small band of men and women set out to decrypt and decipher the remnants of a long-gone lavish and powerful civilization.  It’s a true life tale of intellectual and archeological daring-do that I think you too will enjoy!

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

There's No Such Thing as a Comfortable Bra

Greater Lafayette’s Sara Jane Coffman writes in a style that is by turns snappy, thoughtful, wry, and humorous.   She can be self deprecating, winsome, and occasionally, in-your-face. Her choice of subject matter is the stuff of everyday life, giving her readers comfort even as they are challenged from time to time to examine this or that topic that has piqued the writer’s interest.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Prophet

The Prophet is a many layered novel by Hoosier author Michael Koryta: a murder mystery that climaxes in the very last pages of the novel; a character driven story; and a novel that offers a thoughtful examination of the enduring bonds of brotherly love, family strength and the power of high school football to inspire a small town despite tragedy.

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Arts & Culture
4:56 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Creamy and Crunchy

Creamy, Crunchy, organic, chocolate covered and chocolate free, served as pbj sandwiches or spread on celery and sprinkled with raisins... peanut butter is an ultimate comfort food of the last one hundred years!  And peanut butter in all its many forms is the topic of today’s book.

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