Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

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.

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.

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