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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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‘Murder at the 42nd Street Library’

Murder at the 42nd Street Library was reviewed in the most recent installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Host Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson review the 2016 novel by Con Lehane. But they also discussed the role of advanced uncorrected proofs in the publishing world.
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Schumacher discusses ‘The Shakespeare Requirement’

Lisa Von Drasek interviews Julie Schumacher — author of "The Shakespeare Requirement" — in this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune keep hitting beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger right between the eyes in The Shakespeare Requirement, the hilarious and eagerly awaited sequel to the cult classic of anhedonic academe, the Thurber Prize-winning Dear Committee Members.
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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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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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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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Minnesota cookie recipes and Somali American cookbook

Megan Kocher reviewed The Great Minnesota Cookie Book and Soo Fariista, a Somali American cookbook, on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Summer reading tips for kids — Part 2

Lisa Von Drasek recommends several books from independent publishers in Part 2 of Summer Reading for Children on Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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‘Master and Commander’ and nautical historical novels

Master and Commander and the series of nautical historical novels by Patrick O'Brian was the topic for this installment of "Read This Book!" brought to you by the University of Minnesota Libraries. This episode focuses not just on the series, but on its very active community of readers.
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Read This Book! with Tim Johnson

In this installment of Read This Book!, Tim Johnson discusses Neil Gaiman's "Make Good Art" commencement speech, "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee, "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown, and "Art in the Blood" by Bonnie MacBird.
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Scientific Milestones in October – Read This Book!

In this episode of "Read This Book!," Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff recommends three books that relate to scientific milestones to celebrate that occurred in October. The books are: "Much Ado About (Practically) Nothing," by David E. Fisher, "Live from the Moon," by Michael Allen, and "Nobel Prize Women in Science," by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.
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‘Read This Book!’ – Summer Grilling

It's summer grilling season in Minnesota and a perfect time for Megan Kocher, curator of the University Libraries Kirschner Cookbook Collection, to make recommendations on books about grilling, in this episode of "Read This Book!"
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Read This Book!: Armchair Travel

The theme of this installment of Read This Book! is Armchair Travel, which features University of Minnesota library assistants, Kaia Sievert and Amber Fick. The two review books set in various regions of the world.
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Summer reading tips for kids — Part 3

Lisa Von Drasek recommends two children's books for writing on Part 3 of Summer Reading for Children on Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The books are: Heart Maps by Georgia Heard and Happy Mail by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle.
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Summer reading tips for kids — Part 1

Lisa Von Drasek recommends informational books from National Geographic in Part 1 of our 2018 Summer Reading recommendations for children on Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The books are: Almanac 2019, Brain Games, Extreme Records, and Explore My World: Lions.