Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Book Review: Agrippina

Sep 20, 2019

In the limited amount of ancient history we have, many women have been swept under the rug. It's difficult for historians to really know much about ancient women, as little could be written about them. In the book Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World, author Emma Southon  looks at one of the few Ancient Roman women that was written about. A mother of an emperor and eventual empress, Southen argues that historians may have it wrong about Agrippina. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Middle-Earth

Sep 13, 2019

What mythical beings eat six meals a day, live in underground homes, and are about two or four feet tall? If you instantly knew the answer was Hobbits then the coffee book Middle Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend by Donato Giancola may be the perfect read for you. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Rolling in Dough

Sep 6, 2019

Would you ever leave a safe, well-paying job and risk everything to start a doughnut shop with your family? That’s what Purdue Professor Glen Sparks’ family did as is told in his memoir Rolling in Dough. A family-run small business making doughnuts sounds like the American dream, but, as Sparks tells us, every business has its costs. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Taiga Syndrome

Aug 30, 2019

Not many books can say they are of the "Metaphysical, existential, fairy-tale inspired, detective-mystery genre," however The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza is one of those books. Filled with fascinating, philosophical curiosities and events that blur the line between fantasy and reality, this is a book unlike any other. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: A Murder Unmentioned

Aug 23, 2019

It's the winter holidays 1933, the hottest time of the year in a small town of Australia. However, the temperature isn't the only thing heating up as a local murder left unresolved for over a decade has new evidence. This brings our main character, Rowly, into suspicion, as his abusive father was the victim. Will Rowly and his brother prove his innocence? That's the question in A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond

Aug 16, 2019

The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. According to local residents, the mythical sasquatch is a well-known creature of the woods. Author John Zada compiles their stories and more into In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond. 

Book Review: End of the Megafauna

Aug 9, 2019

Could you imagine gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and giant lizards? This isn’t science fiction, it’s our natural history. End of the Megafauna explores the inexplicable death of the huge creatures that roamed the Earth at a time period that overlaps with our own human existence. Was it climate change? Did humans kill these massive creatures? West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Undeniably Indiana

Aug 2, 2019

A book for hoosiers about hoosiers. Undeniably Indiana is the first crowdsourced book of stories from Indiana residents about their "wacky and wonderful state." This well-written collection features nostalgic stories of basketball, unpredictable weather, and, of course, corn (P.S. don't ask who published this). West Lafaytte Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

A young grad student is struggling to get by, but that all changes when she determines the subject of her dissertation. Even the finest historians have missed this story, and it will knock their socks off. She has discovered The Secret History of The Pink Carnation a fictional tale by Lauren Willig. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

 

 

Book Review: Beastie Boys Book

Jul 19, 2019

Pop Quiz: What band has released seven multi-platinum albums from 1981 to 2011, recieved three grammy awards, and had the first album of their genre to be #1 on the charts? If you said the Beastie Boys you are correct, and may be fascinated by the Beasite Boys Book. This  collaborative effort among the two living Beastie Boys, Mike D and Adam Horovitz, uncovers the history of the group with various other famous contributors giving their take on the legendary music group. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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