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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.

More books to give over the holidays

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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.

Books to give this holiday season

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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.

Read This Book! – Mars

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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.

Read This Book! with Tim Johnson

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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.

Read This Book! – Pirates!

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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.

Read This Book! – Picture Books

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In this episode of Read This Book!, Lisa Von Drasek reviews the top Picture Books published in the last year.

More summer reading picks from our librarians

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In this episode of "Read This Book!", University of Minnesota librarians Lisa Von Drasek, Carolyn Bishoff, and Megan Kocher provide recommendations for summer reading.

Summer reading recommendations from our librarians

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

Read This Book! – Sharon Creech

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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.

‘Read This Book!’ – African American Women Authors

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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.

Read This Book! – Science Fiction

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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.

Books to give this holiday season

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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.

Holiday cookie recipes discussed in ‘Read This Book!’

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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.

Scientific Milestones in October – Read This Book!

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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.

‘Read This Book!’ – Back to School

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In this special Back to School episode of "Read This Book!," Lisa Von Drasek discusses “The Pilot and the Little Prince," by Peter Cis, “Park Scientists,” by Mary Kay Carson, and “The Story of Buildings,” by Patrick Dillon (Author) and Stephen Biesty (Illustrator). Von Drasek is curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

‘Read This Book!’ – Books turned into movies

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Kaia Sievert, University of Minnesota Libraries, discusses books that are being turned into movies, in this episode of "Read This Book!" The books recommended by Sievert include: “Gone Girl” By Gillian Flynn, “In the Heart of the Sea” By Nathaniel Philbrick, “The Hobbit” By J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Jungle Book” By Rudyard Kipling, and “Unbroken” By Laura Hillenbrand.

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