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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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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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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.
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Summer reading recommendations from our librarians

Our librarians provide recommendations on good reads for the summer, in this episode of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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Read This Book! – Sharon Creech

In this episode of Read This Book!, Lisa Von Drasek highlights the work of Sharon Creech, the Newbery Medal winner who also will be accepting the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Award on April 18. Drasek is the curator of the University's Children's Literature Research Collections.
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‘Read This Book!’ – African American Women Authors

In this episode of "Read This Book!," Tia Gardner discusses books from the University's Givens Collection of African American Literature, which feature collaborations among African American Women.
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Read This Book! – Science Fiction

Kaia Sievert discusses three science fiction books in this episode of Read This Book!, brought to you by the University of Minnesota Libraries. The books are: "The Three-Body Problem" by Cixin Liu, "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel, and "The Martian" by Andy Weir. These books are part of the Robert and Virginia McCollister Collection for Contemporary Literature at Wilson Library, University of Minnesota.
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Books to give this holiday season

University of Minnesota Librarians discuss the books they plan to give and the ones they'd love to get as gifts this holiday season in a very special episode of Read This Book! Genres covered include children's literature, mysteries, cookbooks, and cool science.