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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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Great Kitchens and the Great Midwest

The books "In Winter's Kitchen" by Beth Dooley and "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal were featured on this episode of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Dooley and Stradal will be featured at a special event on Dec. 1, 2016, at the University of Minnesota.
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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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‘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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Raina Telgemeier book launch

Lisa Von Drasek discusses books by Raina Telgemeier in this episode of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries, hosted by Tim Johnson. Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels "Smile," "Drama," and "Sisters" — all New York Times best-sellers. She will launch her latest graphic novel, "Ghosts," at the University of Minnesota's Cowles Auditorium on Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.
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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.
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Books about death, dying, and rituals

In this installment of "Read This Book!" Janice Jaguszewski talks about books related to death, dying, funerals, and rituals related to dying. Jaguszewski is the director of Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota.
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All things Betsy-Tacy

Jan Fransen discusses Betsy-Tacy, the beloved set of semi-autobiographical books set in Minnesota by author Maud Hart Lovelace, on this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Books about dogs

Books about dogs was the theme of this installment of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Host Lisa Von Drasek reviews "Dog Crazy," by Meg Donohue, and "All Dogs Go To Kevin," by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang. Von Drasek is the curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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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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The New Mediterranean Table

Librarians Megan Kocher and Lisa Von Drasek review The New Mediterranean Table cookbook in this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Chef Sameh Wadi, author of The New Mediterranean Table, was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation "Best Chef " and "Rising Star" awards and was the youngest contestant to appear on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America."
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More books to give over the holidays

Sherlock Holmes and the Betty Crocker Cooky Book are the topics of this special episode of Read This Book! – on books to give this holiday season, part 2. Host Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections, interviews University of Minnesota librarians Tim Johnson and Megan Kocher.
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Books to give this holiday season

It's that time of year again and our expert librarians at the University of Minnesota are here to make recommendations on books to give this holiday season. Watch this installment of Read This Book!, Books to Give 2015, Part 1.
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Read This Book! – Mars

Mars is the subject of this installment of Read This Book!, which features Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff and Social Sciences Librarian Amy Riegelman. The two discussed the popular book, The Martian and five other books about Mars.
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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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Read This Book! – Pirates!

Maggie Ragnow discusses books about Pirates, including Bucaniers of America – just in time for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is Sept. 19, 2015.
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Read This Book! – Picture Books

In this episode of Read This Book!, Lisa Von Drasek reviews the top Picture Books published in the last year. They include: “This Book Just Ate My Dog," by Richard Byrne; “Thank You Octupus,” by Darren Farrell; “Shh! We Have a Plan,” by Chris Haughton; and “Edda,” by Adam Auerbach.

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