Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Book Review: Follow This Thread

Mar 29, 2019

If you are tired of the monotonous book format, Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In offers a format like no other that also includes in-depth information on everything maze-related. From Labyrinths to Pac-Man, you will twist and turn this book around with its interesting curving illustrations by Quibe and text by Henry Eliot. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

Book Review: Pops

Mar 22, 2019

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces is a collection of short stories and essays by the writer Micheal Chabon. Famous for his complex language, Chabon's latest collection focuses on the rewards and challenges of fatherhood. Through various stories about Chabon's four children and other aspects of his life, the reader learns how the job of parenting is one of a kind. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Sacred Spaces

Mar 8, 2019

No matter what religion, Christian Cathedrals continue to inspire and astonish all who have the privilege to walk in their chambers. Critically-acclaimed photographer Guillaume de Laubier takes readers on a journey to these churches in the visually pleasing coffee book Sacred Spaces: The Awe-Inspiring Architecture of Churches and Cathedrals. The book features unprecedented access to various religious landmarks around the European continent.

Book Review: Debussy

Mar 1, 2019

Author Stephen Walsh presents a well-researched in-depth biography of the famous French musician Debussy. The book describes how the artist found his musical voice, and emphasizes the legacy he left behind. Not only does it delve into the man’s life, but also his works. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Art Forger

Feb 22, 2019

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro follows a young artist by the name of Claire Roth. Claire seeks fame and desperately needs a venue to hold her one woman show. As a result, she makes a deal with a powerful gallery owner to forge a famous Degas (de-gah) painting in exchange for using a venue. This particular painting had been stolen 25 years earlier, but has since been returned to the Boston studio. Things start to get puzzling as Claire realizes that this Degas is far from being the original. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Have Dog, Will Travel

Feb 15, 2019

Have Dog, Will Travel is an autobiography of a blind poet by the name of Stephen Kuusisto. The book focuses on the newfound partnership with a guide dog that changes the author’s perspective on life. It is a spiritual journey, and allows the reader to truly see the world through Kuusisto’s blind eyes, as well as the eyes of his dog. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Travelers in the Third Reich

Feb 8, 2019

Travelers in the Third Reich is a nonfiction historical retelling of the rise of Hitler through the firsthand accounts of foreigners. Author Julia Boyd gives various fascinating stories from politicians, scholars, celebrities, and even schoolchildren of the pre-world war two era on their time in Nazi Germany. These accidental eyewitnesses to history outline the overall atmosphere of the rising fascist state giving the reader a unique look at the catastrophic events that followed. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: One Perfect Lie

Feb 1, 2019

One Perfect Lie is a suburban Crime story written by bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. The story is a thrilling mystery following a main protagonist who goes undercover as a high school teacher and baseball coach. Why? Perhaps because the high school is threatened with acts of terrorism. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

In the book, A Culinary History of Taipei: Beyond Pork and Ponlai, the authors delve into the diverse foods of Taiwan's Capital. From the 5-star restaurants to the city-street food stands, this book offers a look at a lesser-known food destination. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

The Book of Hidden Things, Francesco Dimitri's debut English novel, is an intriguing and mystical fantasy following four old friends and the secrets they keep. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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