Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

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.

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