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Host Lisa Von Drasek features University of Minnesota librarians who review books in the following genres: children's literature, science, popular literature, mysteries, cookbooks, and more.

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Host Lisa Von Drasek features University of Minnesota librarians who review books in the following genres: children's literature, science, popular literature, mysteries, cookbooks, and more.

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    ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ reviewed on Read This Book!

    ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ reviewed on Read This Book!

    Lacie McMillin discusses Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom, with Lisa Von Drasek, on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.



    Transcendent Kingdom is a novel about faith, science, religion, and love, centered on a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief. It's Gyasi's followup to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Lacie McMillin

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Lacie McMillin is a Library Assistant at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes.

    • 7 min
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    ‘Cribsheet’ reviewed by Carissa Tomlinson

    ‘Cribsheet’ reviewed by Carissa Tomlinson

    Carissa Tomlinson joins host Lisa Von Drasek to discuss Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster, on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Carissa Tomlinson

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Carissa Tomlinson is the Director of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 8 min
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    ‘The Lightning Thief’ reviewed on Read This Book!

    ‘The Lightning Thief’ reviewed on Read This Book!

    Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief" is discussed by Jessica Abbazio and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book, from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Jessica Abbazio

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Jessica Abbazio is the Music Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 3 min
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    Books by Kiersten White reviewed

    Books by Kiersten White reviewed

    Slayer and Chosen are two of the books in a series by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.  The series is set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.



    Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the  University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections, reviews these two books with "temporary" host and frequent Read This Book guest, Tim Johnson.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Tim Johnson

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Tim Johnson is Curator of Special Collections and Rare Books and the E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 3 min
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    The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

    The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

    Lisa German — University Librarian and Dean of Libraries — joins Lisa Von Drasek to review The Color Kittens on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.



    The Color Kittens is a children's book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, and published, as part of the Little Golden Books series, in 1949.

    About Lisa Von Drasek and Lisa German

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Lisa German is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

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    Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

    Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Kristen Mastel has chosen three books to highlight the environment and the world around us, in this installment of Read This Book! 



    They are:



    * Braided Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer,

    * Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year by Linda LeGarde Grover

    * Climate Justice by Mary Robinson



    About Lisa Von Drasek and Kristen Mastel

    Lisa Von Drasek is the Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries and host of Read This Book! Kristen Mastel is an Outreach and Instruction Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

    About Read This Book!

    Read This Book! is a video podcast produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is available on YouTube and iTunes. Audio from Read This Book! is available on iTunes at Von Drasek's The Blue Ox Review podcast.

    • 8 min

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