Nick Schenkel Book Reviews

Nick Schenkel Book Reviews


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Book Review: Diary of a Young Naturalist
October 15, 2021

In "Diary of a Young Naturalist," 15 year old author Dara McAnulty gives us several perspectives simultaneously: That of a teenager making their way into adulthood; that of person with autism interact

Book Review: The Killings at Kingfisher Hill
October 01, 2021

Author Sophie Hannah continues her series of mysteries following Hercule Poirot, the genius detective and original invention of Agatha Christie, with the novel, "The Killings at Kingisher Hill." West

Book Review: Send a Runner: A Navajo Honors the Long Walk
September 24, 2021

Over 150 years ago, the United States government forced the Navajo people to undergo a series of marches from what is now Arizona to eastern New Mexico. "Send a Runner: A Navajo Honors the Long Walk,"

Book Review: Binti: The Complete Trilogy
September 17, 2021

"Binti: The Complete Trilogy" is 2021's " Big Read ," A community reading event hosted by the Purdue english department, in parternship with the West Lafayette and Tippecanoe county public libraries.

Book Review: Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversation
September 02, 2021

West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel reviews the graphic novel: "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversation" by Mira Jacob. This book explores the realms of the very contemporary experiences

Book Review: 100 Things Purdue Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
August 27, 2021

Written by Tom Schott and Nathan Baird, with a forward from Robbie Hummel, "100 Things Purdue Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die," is a collection of chapters detailing 100 of the greatest people,

Book Review: The Musical Human
August 20, 2021

West Lafayette Public Library Director, Nick Schenkel, reviews "The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth." Truly sweeping in its scope, this book is a journey through the history of humankind as

Book Review: Best American Travel Writing 2020
August 13, 2021

This book's scope is wide, its writing inviting, and the sources sometimes suprising. It's one of those rare books that grabs us from the first lines of its introduction. Immerse yourself in the book

Book Review: The Thin Light of Freedom
August 06, 2021

One of the most examined and historically significant wars to the United States, the American Civil War, has always been a popular period of discussion between history buffs and otherwise, but what di

Book Review: The Forbidden Promise
July 30, 2021

One secret. Two lives changed forever. That’s the premise for Lorna Cook’s The Forbidden Promise, a tale of mystery and romance across two timelines. The first, from a war-torn Scotland of the 1940s,

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