Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

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.  

Book Review: Sins of the Fathers

May 10, 2019

Sins of the Fathers by author Anthea Fraser is a mystery novel set in the countries of Scotland and England. The book follows three families seemingly unconnected except by the sins of their respective fathers. These sins continue to unravel into tragedy and mystery that one must read to believe. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Scheckel has the review.

Book Review: More Than True

May 3, 2019

Have you ever wondered how classic fairy tales have come to be, or what they were really trying to say? Poet Robert Bly has been asking these questions, and attempts to find an answer in his book More Than True: The Wisdom of Fairy Tales. Six tales are retold in this book, and Bly adds his own ideas on the meaning and origin of these stories. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Kindred (Graphic Novel)

Apr 26, 2019

  

Kindred is a classic 1979 novel by Octavia E. Butler. The novel has continued to gain popularity with its fascinating sci-fi exploration of slavery and racism. This graphic novel adapatiation was released last year, and was given much praise. It was a New York Times bestseller, and recieved the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Angela's Quilt Arrived Today

Apr 19, 2019

Angela's Quilt Arrived Today is a collection of poems and essays written by the late Kathy Mayer. Mayer was a Lafayette, Indiana, journalist, freelance writer, and feminist who wrote about moments that touched her heart—memories, discoveries, family, and nature. The book weaves together Mayer's poetry and essays to commemorate her legacy. It is a sampling of her efforts, drawing on experiences when she grew up and lived in Albuquerque, where she graduated from the University of New Mexico, and from her later years in Lafayette.

Book Review: Sea People

Apr 12, 2019

The great islands of Polynesia are dispersed far across the pacific ocean from Hawaii to New Zealand. How did the very early Polynesians get to these places without metal tools or writing? How could they have known about these islands at all? In her book, Sea Peoples: The Puzzle of Polynesia, author Christina Thompson delves deep into these questions that have puzzled anthropologists, geographers, and others since the eightenthenth century. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Underground Railroad

Apr 9, 2019

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a Historical Fiction following two slaves in 19th century America. These two characters follow the “underground railroad” to attain their freedom. The underground railroad in this fictionalized past not only includes secret routes and safe houses but also has a real railroad with a train underneath the soil. The novel has received a number of awards, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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