Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

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. 

Book Review: The Samaritan's Secret

Jul 12, 2019

Omar Yussef is a teacher and administrator for the UN schools in modern day Palestine. When Yussef travels to Nablus, the West Bank's most violent town, to attend a wedding, he little expects the trouble that awaits him. An ancient Torah scroll belonging to the Samaritans, descendants of the biblical Joseph, has been stolen. But when the dead body of a young Samaritan is discovered, a seemingly straightforward theft takes an unexpected turn. This is the mystery of The Samaritan's Secret by Matt Rees. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review  

Book Review: London Stories

Jul 5, 2019

Perhaps the city with the most famous literary history is the metropolis of London. From Shakespeare to Dickens, this historic town has housed some of the best writers. How fitting for this famous capital to have a collection of tales commemorating the life of London and its literature in London Stories by Jerry White. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: They Both Die at the End

Jun 28, 2019

 

​​Would you want to know if it was your last day on Earth? The young adult novel entitled They Both Die at the End explores this topic with two teens in a modern world. Despite the bleak title, author Adam Silvera fills this book with adventure, joy, and touching friendship. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Save Me the Plums

Jun 21, 2019

Renowned food writer and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl is well-known for her succesful years as editior-in-chief at Gourmet  magazine. In her memoir, Save Me the Plums, Reichl tells of her trials and tribulations at the esteemed food news outlet. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Animal

Jun 14, 2019

Since the beginning of time, humans have had an innate fascination with the images of various animals. From our cavemen days, to modern children-book illustrations, animals have been a captivating part of our art. The coffee table book Animal: Exploring the Zoological World depicts carefully selected images of the creatures of our planet. Author James Hanken combines science and art to give the full breadth of the animal kingdom through pictures. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

Book Review: Bedtime Stories for Managers

Jun 7, 2019

Are you a leader who has trouble sleeping at night? This may be the book for you! Scholar Henry Mintzberg presents 42 essays in his book entitled Bedtime Stories for Managers. Each story presents interesting ideas on how to best manage people. From business to family, this book will make leading so easy you could do it in your sleep. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Cities

May 31, 2019

Why are we so attracted to cities? How did we build them? Why do they exist? These are just a few of the questions archaeologist Monica L. Smith attempts to answer in her groundbreaking book Cities: The First 6,000 Years. There is a lot more to the urban environments than meets the eye. The wonder of cities is not only in their inception, but also in how they affect the people within them. Smith offers the detailed look at the true genius of our urban worlds. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

As "Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon,"  they explore the settings, themes, and characters popularized by Arthur Conan Doyle. Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, this collection from multiple authors showcases a wide variety of forms, eras, and adherence to source material.  West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Penguin Book of Hell

May 17, 2019

For over 2 thousand years, human civilization has been obsessed with the idea of Hell. In a Penguin Classic book called The Penguin Book of Hell, author Scott G. Bruce scares readers through a history on the stories of the underground afterlife. From the Bible to the stories of Dante, this book gives a comprehensive look at the Underworld. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

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