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Read This Book!

Lisa Von Drasek hosts Read This Book!, which features University of Minnesota librarians who review books from various genres: including children's literature, cookbooks, science, mysteries, and popular literature.

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‘Homemade’ by Beatrice Ojakangas on Read This Book!

Lisa Von Drasek discusses a book by Beatrice Ojakangas called: Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food in this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Ridgway Award winners

Lisa Von Drasek talks about the 2017 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award winners in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. "Hannah and Sugar," written and illustrated by Kate Berube was the 2017 winner, with Honor Awards going to Bethan Woollvin for "Little Red" and Dori Kleber for "More-igami."
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Books to Give 2017

Five University of Minnesota librarians and archivists recently joined Read This Book host Lisa Von Drasek to make recommendations for books to give this holiday season.  Still shopping? Then pay attention!
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Books to give with Alicia Kubas

In this special episode of Read This Book!, Librarian Alicia Kubas and host Lisa Von Drasek reviewed two books that would make great gifts this holiday season.  The books are: Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" — artwork by Yayoi Kusama, and "Poetry From Scratch" by Jennifer McCartney.
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Flying Funny by Dudley Riggs

Flying Funny: My Life Without a Net by Dudley Riggs was the featured book on this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.  Performing Arts Archivist Kate Hujda joined host Lisa Von Drasek in sharing insights into the book, Riggs, and Riggs' papers, which are in the Libraries' Performing Arts Archives. 
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The Magicians gets a big thumbs up

Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff and host Lisa Von Drasek discussed the Lev Grossman fantasy novel series, which started in 2009 with The Magicians on this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The series has been adapted on television and currently airs on Syfy.
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Nordic cooking and cookbooks

Nordic cookbooks was the subject of this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries, hosted by Lisa Von Drasek and featuring Megan Kocher.
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Journalism, media bias, fact checking

Books about journalism, media bias, and fact checking were reviewed in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Read This Book! — Short Stories

Three books with short story collections were featured in this episode of Read This Book! with Kaia Sievert and host Tim Johnson. The books will be featured beginning March 1 at the University of Minnesota's Wilson Library.
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Books about puppies, critical thinking

Veterinary Medical Librarian Andre Nault talks about raising puppies and about critical thinking — two widely different books — on this installment of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Ridgway Award winners

In this installment of "Read This Book!", children's librarian Lisa Von Drasek highlights the winners of the 2016 Marion Vannett Ridgway Book Awards, given to an author or illustrator in recognition of an outstanding debut in the world of children's picture books. Books discussed are: "Trombone Shorty" by Troy Andrews, "Voice of Freedom" by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Ekua Holmes, and "Smick!" by Doreen Cronin and Juana Medina.
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Books to Give, Vol. 4: Cooking

Books about cooking was the subject of this special holiday issue of Read This Book!: Books to Give 2016, Volume 4. Megan Kocher, curator of the Doris S. Kirschner Cookbook Collection recommended two books to give as gifts: "Come, You Taste: Recipes from the Iron Range" by B.J. Carpenter, and "The Vegetable Butcher" by Cara Mangini.
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Books to Give: Vol. 3: Architecture

Books about architecture were featured in this special episode of Read This Book! — Books to Give 2016, Volume 3, from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Cheryll Fong, interim curator for the Libraries' Northwest Architectural Archives, and host Lisa Von Drasek, recommended "Edwin H. Lundie, Five Decades: A Journey of Art and Architecture" by Peter O'Toole and "Minnesota Modern" by Larry Millett.
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Books to Give Vol. 2: Sherlock Holmes

Tim Johnson recommends three books about Sherlock Holmes in "Books to Give 2016, Volume 2," hosted by Lisa Von Drasek. The three books are: "Nerve and Knowledge," "The Missing Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes," and "Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899." Read This Book! is a production of the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Books to Give, Volume 1: Bob Dylan

Books about Bob Dylan were discussed in this episode of "Read This Book! — Books to Give," featuring Bill Pederson from the University of Minnesota Music Library. Dylan, a Minnesota native, recently was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.