Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

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. 

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.

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