Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

The newest book in the The Grantchester Mysteries series is Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love. The book takes places as a 1970s priest ventures and solves mysteries in a small town just outside of Cambridge, United Kingdom. What will he do when he and his daughter run across a dead body? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. 

This week's feature highlights a beautifully illustrated fairy tale. Authors Mark Twain and Phillip Stead tell the story of a young boy who is given a magical ability, and the quest he is sent on. Filled with lessons and interesting characters, readers can find this to be a new bedtime favorite. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature explores children's literature through the more insightful eyes of adulthood. Nostalgically thumbing through old favorites and through new releases, author Bruce Handy presents his top ten picks with backstories on the authors and their lives at the time of publishing. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The 13th novel in Clive Cussler's NUMA series, this week's feature takes action to new heights along the shore of Lampedusa. A power-hungry villain plans to take over the world using a new and deadly weapon called the black mist, while the NUMA team seeks his destruction through legendary means. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The West Lafayette Fire Department has a rich history beginning over a century ago. After the small town was ravaged by several large fires, Fire Station Number 1 and the first squad of firefighters took over to protect the growing community. Many years and fires later, administrator Beth Lane DeHahn has pieced together pictures and stories telling the bravery of the men and women of the department. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

This week's feature highlights some of the spirited cats you can find at local distilleries across the world. As mice killers and social media stars, these cats bring warmth and fun to the places they work. Filled with cat profiles and even cocktail recipes, any reader can find something perfect just for them. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Some books find us at the perfect moment in our lives, when we need their words the most. Author Will Schwalbe takes readers through some of the most impactful in his life in this week's feature. Spanning decades from the classics to today's bestsellers, each chapter explores the life lessons he discovered in the pages. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Though seemingly stripped from political headlines from the past year, this week's feature was originally published in 1980 as a fictional spy thriller. The reprint is fitting for today's America, as it discusses a businessman's rise to political power and one spy's mission to prove he is working with the Soviet Union. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Years after losing her sister to an eight-year bout with cancer, Molly decided that a deeper dive into her family's healing process was necessary. Her mother, a clinical psychologist from the Lafayette area, pieced together diary entries, interviews, and reflection pieces into a beautifully written memoir of the journey of their grief. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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