Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

Book Review: A Walk Around the Block

Nov 13, 2020

Walking has become the new fad in the COVID era. When people are stuck in their homes, the best thing they can do for themselves is go on a walk. If you need a book to make that walk more interesting, A Walk Around The Block might be the perfect book for you. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Spinning Silver

Nov 7, 2020

Ever wish you could read a book of fiction that everyone else in town was also reading and discussing? And then wouldn't be cool if the town held events celebrating the book? Yeah that would be cool...oh wait that exists and it's called "The Big Read" and this year's book is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik! Here is West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel with the review.

Book Review: Creativity

Oct 30, 2020

Have you not been given the "gift" of creativity? Wish you had more creativity? Well, John Cleese, the famous actor and writer of Monty Python, will tell you that creativity is not something you are given. Like any skill it is something you can work on, and this practical and "cheerful" guide aims to help you aquire it. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Growing Season

Oct 23, 2020

From farmer girl with a community college education to CEO of a major corporation. Sounds like an interesting memoir right? The Growing Season is one such memoir about the life of Sarah Frey and her rise out of her humble midwest beginnings. It's a classic American story. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Near Dark

Oct 16, 2020

This is your mission should you choose to accept it: A New York Times bestselling story is in distirbution at the local West Lafayette Public Library. It is an action-packed thriller featuring famous literary spy Scot Harvath. Listen to the book review by West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel. If the book sounds interesting, rent it from the library. Good luck and remember, your nation is counting on you.

Book Review: Strong Towns

Oct 9, 2020

 

Remember when people used towalkto places? Well, Charles Marohn (mar-un) sure does. In his bookStrong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity,he details how cities have continued to fail. Especially after we started designing cities for cars and not people. Is the book a good read? Well, West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Slave Narratives Indiana

Oct 2, 2020

Perhaps the story of history is most powerful when it takes place right on the ground you stand. Slave Narratives Indiana is one such example. This book is a personal look at the stories of Indiana ex-slaves. They bravely retell some of the darker sides of our state's history with lessons we should never forget. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: Superman Smashes the Klan

Sep 25, 2020

What kind of loser reads books without pictures in them? YUCK! Luckily today's book review is a graphic novel entitled Superman Smashes the Klan. It's a tale of the classic 'Man of Steel' superhero dealing with the evil villains of "The Klan" and the racism they are spreading through Metropolis. And yes, it does have pictures in it. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Bard's Blade

Sep 18, 2020

Do you ever have fantasies? Does your fantasy involve a musician and a winemaker forced to face the dark evil forces threatening to destroy the world? Or, better yet, does your fantasy involve listening to a book review? If so, The Bard's Blade may be a written account of one of your fantasies, and you're about to live through the other fantasy as West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

 

Book Review: Tortured Artists

Sep 11, 2020

What fuels artists? What fuels their passionate works? According to Christopher Zara, emotional pain is the fuel of art. In the book Tortured Artists, Zara unveils how some of our favorite artists were fueled by inner turmoil. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Decent Inn of Death

Sep 4, 2020

It's a small village in England. It's seemingly quaint. Tragedy strikes when the beloved church organist dies from falling into a creek. Was it a fall? Murder? It's a mystery. However, the real mystery is the quality of this mystery novel The Decent Inn of Death. To help us get to the bottom of this, West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Not Afraid of the Fall

Aug 28, 2020

Today's social media culture is flooded with "world travelers" that show off the amazing views and experiences they get from traveling. It may feed our envy, but what these Instagram-ers don't show is the headaches of traveling: making your flight, packing the right things, budgeting, etc. Well, Not Afraid of the Fall takes a different approach by talking up the headaches more than the experiences. Does it make for a better read? Well...West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Book Review: Laughing Lines

Aug 21, 2020

SNL, It's Garry Shandling's Show, and the movie North: what is at the center of this venn diagram? If you said Alan Zweibel then you must know a lot about comedy. Laugh Lines is Zweibel's account of his life writing in the show business. Will this book give readers there own "laugh lines"? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Becoming Wild

Aug 19, 2020

What makes humans separate from animals? Is it our bipedal structure? Our economic system? Or is it our love of funny looking socks? Well, according to the book Becoming Wild, the differences are not as big as we think. In this book, author Carl Safina proves how many animals deal with culture, hierarchy, and the meaning of life just as much as your average human. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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