Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Book Review: The Odyssey (Emily Wilson)

Dec 6, 2019

Has your doctor been telling you to eat a more Mediterranean diet? Has it been difficult? Perhaps reading the classic Greek tale The Odyssey will get you in the right mood. The praised translation by Emily Wilson is this years "Big Read" in Greater Lafayette. So, not only could this book help inspire a new diet it could help foster your reading chops in the community! West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

P.S. As mentioned in this episode, Emily Wilson will visit Purdue today! Click here for details.

Book Review: Five Windows

Nov 22, 2019

A work-at-home book publisher witnesses three nearby houses burn down in his suburban San Francisco neighborhood. A mystery unravels as this main character becomes more concerned with the events surrounding him. This is the Hitchcockian story of Five Windows by Jon Roemer. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Real Talk About LGBTQIAP

Nov 15, 2019

We have all had our secret questions on the nature of human sexuality, gender identity, and biological sex in this day in age. The book entitled Real Talk About LGBTQIAP is a written conversation aiming to answer your concerns and curiosities. From bathroom laws to freedom of speech, this book covers everything you could think of with anecdotal and academic research. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Turned On

Nov 8, 2019

It seems that most humans greatly fear the rise of machines. From Elon Musk's fears of Artificial Intelligence to presidential candidate Andrew Yang's fear of automation of American jobs. However, Turned On: Science, Sex, and Robots by Kate Devlin looks at a less bleak, potential benefit of robots. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Movie Guides

Nov 1, 2019

We have all had the moment in our lives where we cannot decide on what movie to watch. If you are the type to be browsing the internet all night looking at movie reviews, perhaps consider one of these film books. Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide and New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi and K-Pop are two very different, but knowledgable, movie guides. So grab your popcorn as West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Proof!

Oct 25, 2019

You may remember the days of taking geometry in high school. You may have even considered the discipline as "useless" while in fury at your hard homework. Proof! by Amir Alexander gives readers the historical proof that geometry matters more than we think. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: A Beginner's Guide to Japan

Oct 18, 2019

You walk into a room and flip the light switch down to turn the lights on. Each member of your family has a different street address despite you all living in the same home. What kind of crazy place is this? A Beginner's Guide to Japan shows these are just a few of the peculiarities of this fascinating country. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Ultimate Tool Book

Oct 11, 2019

Are you the type to install your own cabinets, build furniture, and considered the "handyman?" If so, this book may be a necessary addition to the bookshelf you made. The Ultimate Tool Book: Every Tool You Need to Own, written by the Popular Mechanics magazine, is an in-depth analysis of tools you may have never thought to use. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Tapestry

Oct 4, 2019

A huntsmen stumbles upon a mute girl lost in the woods and unfamiliar with her past. After taking her in, they slowly put together the fragments of the former life she has forgotten. The first of an epic fantasy series, this is the story of  Tapestry: Strands of Yellow and Blue by Cady Elizabeth Arnold. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

It all started with a mistake. The earliest known human, Lucy, fell from a tree and died. It doesn't get much better from there in Humans: A Brief History of How We F***ed It All Up by Tom Phillips. This comedically thought provoking book looks at the messy mistakes caused by our human nature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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