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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.


‘When Women Didn’t Count’ reviewed by Alicia Kubas

Alicia Kubas reviewed "When Women Didn't Count: Behind the scenes on data collection and women in the USA" by Robert Lopresti, which details the startling facts of how women have been sidelined, neglected, and just plain lied about in U.S. government statistics for more than two centuries.

Holiday cookie recipes discussed in ‘Read This Book!’

In this episode of "Read This Book!," Megan Kocher, curator of the Doris Kirschner Cookbook Collection at the University of Minnesota, discusses books with holiday cookie recipes.

Summer garden party books

Wow your guests at your summer garden party this year! Megan Kocher and Lisa Von Drasek discuss books for foodies that provide tips on growing food in your house, making sweet corn pancakes, and baking delicious pies. On this episode of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries, Kocher and Von Drasek discussed the following books: "Indoor Kitchen Gardening" by Elizabeth Millard; "Sweet Corn Spectacular" by Marie Porter; and "First Prize Pies" by Allison Kave.

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. 

Free ebooks for all Minnesotans!

Here's a New Year's Resolution for you: Read all of the books you can — and keep them as long as you want! You can find them at Ebooks Minnesota, a service from Minitex at the University of Minnesota. In this episode, Zach Miller talks about the benefits of Ebooks Minnesota — and plugs one of his favorite children's books, "What To Do With a Box."

‘Read This Book!’ – Award Winning Books

"Read This Book!:" Award Winning Books, featuring Danika Stegeman, University of Minnesota Libraries. In this episode, Danika highlights four books from the collections at the University of Minnesota.
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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.

Johnson reviews ‘Revenge of the Nerd’

Tim Johnson reviews Revenge of the Nerd: Or . . . The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger by Curtis Armstrong, in this edition of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Armstrong, who played Booger in the 1984 film, "Revenge of the Nerds," is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan, and Johnson is Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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.

Review: ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’

Host Lisa Von Drasek and Jan Fransen discussed the true-life crime book I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer on this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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."

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.

‘Dread Nation’ reviewed by Von Drasek

Dread Nation — a New York Times bestseller — is at once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive. Written by Justina Ireland, Dread Nation represents a stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar — a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. University of Minnesota librarian, Lisa Von Drasek, reviews Dread Nation in this installment of Read This Book!, hosted by Alicia Kubas.

More summer reading picks from our librarians

In this episode of "Read This Book!", University of Minnesota librarians Lisa Von Drasek, Carolyn Bishoff, and Megan Kocher provide recommendations for summer reading. They include: “Dataclysm," by Christian Rudder, “The Language of Food," by Dan Jurafsky, and “Syllabus," by Lynda Barry.

Best children’s books for 2013

In a series of "Read This Book!" episodes, Lisa Von Drasek discusses her favorite children's books for 2013. Von Drasek is the curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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