Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

This week's feature highlights stories of Black Americans and beautiful African artwork from The Zamora Collection. Pieced together in full color side-by-side, the words and pictures gracefully depict the culture, experiences, and emotions of those Americans with African roots. Author Joe Barry Carroll will be visiting the West Lafayette Public Library on Sunday, September 24. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature delves into the complicated, sometimes violent, often beautiful life of author Sherman Alexie's mother. After her passing, Alexie revisits his tumultuous childhood, highlighting the strange but loving relationship he and his mother had. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature compiles in-depth interviews with iconic guitarists from the 20th century. From Stevie Ray Vaughn to Gregg Allman, Neil Young to Tom Petty, Jas Obrecht's questions are insightful and give readers a closer look at historical events in the world of music.West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The history and culture of the northern Scandinavian countries is deep and unique. From the stories of vikings to the modern tales written by authors like Stieg Larsson, globalization has allowed the rest of the world to revel in the mystique of the north. Described by an outsider, this week's feature explores the rich history of Scandinavia, both from centuries ago and from personal experiences in the last few decades. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Loosely based on historical fact, this week's feature showcases the struggle of Karl Stern, a Jewish teenager growing up in Berlin during the tumultuous 1930s.  After being bullied constantly for his family's religion, Karl seeks refuge and defense with Max Schmeling, a family friend and German boxing hero. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Fantasy books for all ages aim to enchant their readers. But when a book has never been picked up, how does that make it feel? Prolific children's writer Cornelia Funke explores the emotions of an unread book in this week's feature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature takes readers through the canals of Venice, traveling from past to present and back again. A hunchback man finds himself in the city after being sent on a mysterious quest from a woman he believes he loves, all the while envisioning how various people from the distant past experienced those same streets. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Though the Ilyiad is well-known, this week's feature delves deeper into the timeless tale. Highlighting the devastating consequences of war in eloquence, author Caroline Alexander combines the meticulous accuracy of a historian with the fluid narrative of a writer. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The concept of pretty is changing as women and girls are empowered to take on the world fearlessly in their unique ways. Photographer Kate Parker captures the individuality of girls and their own definitions of "pretty" in this week's feature, displaying each of them actively in their personal endeavors. From ages three to 18, the subjects of her photos define what strong is for the coming generations. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature revisits author Mark Kurlansky, with a new travel log depicting Cuba's capital. With vivid descriptions and observations of the city's social scene, Kurlansky paints Havana as romantic and rich in its historic ties. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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