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Book Review: The Disappearing Spoon

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What is your relationship to the periodic table? Were you one of the many unlucky ones who had to tediously memorize its contents? Has this strained your relationship with the table? Consider this book couple's counseling. Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon gives fascinating stories for many of the elements in the table. It's not too late to heal your relationship <3.  West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Driving While Black

Feb 26, 2021

History is full of moments where the mobility of African Americans was limited. Whether it be the shackles on their feet or the Jim Crow laws for public transport, they have lacked the complete freedom of travel. In Driving While Black, esteemed historian Gretchen Sorin shows us that the introduction of the automobile helped to bring more independence to the lives of African Americans. Not only did it give African Americans the freedom of the open road, but it also presented an escape from the dangers of racism on the streets.

Book Review: Solutions and Other Problems

Feb 19, 2021

Adult books with pictures. A rare breed. This book is one unlike any other. It's a humorous book filled with deep topics and great artwork. Allie Brosh is a pretty famous author at this point. Is the hype overblown? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture outside the Indianapolis Museum of Art. (Serge Melki, Wikimedia Commons)

The president of the Newfields art campus in Indianapolis resigned Wednesday after dozens of staff members signed a petition calling for him to go.

Book Review: Oil and Marble

Feb 15, 2021

Finally! A novel retelling the interesting relationship between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michaelangelo and Leonardo! ... What's that? It's actually about the renaissance artists? Well, that's cool too I guess. Oil and Marble is the art history thriller by Stephanie Storey and West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Big Thaw

Feb 5, 2021

Climate change is depressing. But you know what isn't depressing? The amazing research projects working to save the world from it! In The Big Thaw, readers get an inside look at the Polaris project and the amazing science behind how the Earth is being saved. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Did you ever have a mean science teacher that told you that if you didn't learn your metamorphic rock types you would fail to be a successful human being? Well, I hope you didn't, but if you did, reading this book would be a great way to rekindle your broken relationship with the field of science. The Best American Science and Nature series has been around for a little while now and this year's 2020 version is nothing to shake a stick at. But don't take it from me, take it from the West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel who has the review.

Book Review: How I Built This

Jan 22, 2021

You ever start a lemonade stand as a kid and then wonder how you're supposed to make it in the cuthroat business world with Big Lemonade pulling the strings? Maybe this book will help. How I Built This by Guy Raz is a collection of stories on how succesful entreprenaurs made it. Based upon the NPR podcast, Guy Raz has interviewed hundreds of entreprenaurs and has the tips you need for success (doesn't have to specfically be in the lemonade market). West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: Ball Park

Jan 15, 2021

Are you a fan of mysteries with good plot and character development? Aren’t we all? Ball Park is one of seven detective mysteries featuring the Montreal detective Émile Cinq-Mars. Here are a few quotes from online book reviews about Ball Park: “Strongly recommended”, “Fascinating”, and “Happy Birthday!” (Note that the last quote was actually from my Facebook page on my birthday). West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: American Utopia

Jan 8, 2021

It is a new year and the world may be changing, but the book reviews are the "same as it ever was." Today's book is an artistic retelling of the Broadway musical American Utopia. Now you may be asking "qu'est-ce que c'est?" Well, American Utopia is a musical by David Byrne who is perhaps most famous for being another Talking Head. He created this musical and, under the direction of Spike Lee, released an HBO recording of a performance.

Book Review: The Last Passenger

Dec 19, 2020

It's the holiday season! You may be wondering, how can I celebrate? Well maybe you could read a 19th century mystery set in London! Does the book have anything to do with the holiday season? No! But that can just be our little secret ;). West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: Can't Even

Dec 11, 2020

Millenials are a hot topic. You might hate them, you might empathize with them, or you might read books about them. Can't Even is an exploration on why millenials feel burnout from modern life. Should we blame millenials for their own misfortunes? What can we do moving forward? Self-proclaimed "Boomer" and West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Socrates Express

Dec 4, 2020

Is water wet? Are hot dogs sandwiches? What about tacos? If these questions haunt your mind then maybe you should read some philosophy. And what better way to start reading this genre than with The Socrates Express by Eric Weiner. While it may not answer the hot dog sandwich inquiry, the book does offer practical and spiritual lessons for today based upon past philosophers. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: A Rogue of One's Own

Nov 27, 2020

Happy Black Friday! What's better than buying cheap TVs and other gadgets on sale today? Well, reading a romance novel! If you love The Crown on Netflix or are just a fan of Victorian England, then you will love this one. A Rogue of One's Own is a witty romance with tons of historical detail, great banter, and romance (did I mention it has romance?). West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: She Came to Slay

Nov 20, 2020

Harriet Tubman has a life story like no other. She was an American Abolitionist, Union army spy, leading suffragist, and more. The resume of this American hero is impressive. She Came to Slay gives an in-depth look at Tubman's story through an expansive timeline, illustrations, photos, data, and more. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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