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For Real is a biweekly nonfiction podcast that puts the spotlight on new books and old favorites that tell it like it is, or at least try to.

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For Real is a biweekly nonfiction podcast that puts the spotlight on new books and old favorites that tell it like it is, or at least try to.

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Is it for real?

By muchalua - Dec 13 2019
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The answer is yes. Five stars

So many fantastic books!

By katbeezy123 - Dec 08 2019
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The hosts are great and I love their taste in books. This podcast is great for all reader's!

iTunes Ratings

109 Ratings
Average Ratings
106
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Is it for real?

By muchalua - Dec 13 2019
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The answer is yes. Five stars

So many fantastic books!

By katbeezy123 - Dec 08 2019
Read more
The hosts are great and I love their taste in books. This podcast is great for all reader's!
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Rank #1: E46: Best Nonfiction of the Decade

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This week Alice and Kim take a trip down memory lane to talk about books that appeared on best of the decade lists. 

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot's Read Harder Journal, Book Riot's Read Harder 2020 Challenge, and Book Riot's Tailored Book Recommendations.

Subscribe to For Real using RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

Follow Up

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

New Books

A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution by David Head

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee

Best Books of the Decade

Paste Magazine: The 25 Best Memoirs of the 2010s

LitHub: The 20 Best Works of Nonfiction of the Decade

Time: The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s

Entertainment Weekly: Here are EW's top 10 nonfiction books of the decade

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Emperor of All Maladies by Sidhartha Mukherjee

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Reading Now

Guest House for Young Widows by Azadeh Moaveni 

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #2: E8: #8 The Nonfiction of Book Expo

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This week, Kim and Alice do a recap of some of the best nonfiction of Book Expo America, the publishing industry's big trade show each spring.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Annotated and Recommended podcasts. Give them a listen! And don’t forget that Book Riot is giving away a $500 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. Go to bookriot.com/bookstore500 before June 21 to enter.


FOLLOW UP

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmeri

Bombay Anna by Susan Morgan


NEW BOOKS

What Would the Great Economists Do? by Linda Yueh (June 5, Picador)

The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler (June 5, Doubleday)

First in Line by Kate Andersen Brower (June 5, Harper)

Woman at the Devil’s Door by Sarah Beth Hopton (June 1, Indiana University Press)


BOOK EXPO

The Impatient Dr. Lange by Seema Yasmin (July 2018, Johns Hopkins University Press)

Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit (September 2018, Haymarket)

American Prisons by Shane Bauer (September 2018, Penguin)

One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson (September 2018, Bloomsbury)

Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin (September 2018, Liveright)

Born Criminal by Angelica Shirley Carpenter (September 2018, South Dakota Historical Society Press)

Interior States by Meghan O'Gieblyn (October 2018, Anchor Books)

8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens (October 2018, Overlook Press)

How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England by Ruth Goodman (October 2018, Liveright)


BEA EDITOR'S BUZZ (Nonfiction)

Small Animals by Kim Brooks (August 21, Flatiron Books)

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman (Sept. 11, Ecco/HarperCollins)

There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald (October 2, Riverhead Books)

Maid by Stephanie Land (January 2019, Hachette Books)


READING NOW

City of Devils by Paul French (July 2018, Picador)

The Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke


OTHER TITLES

Sioux Women by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Newjack by Ted Conover

Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly

Jun 12 2018

56mins

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Rank #3: E16: #16 True Stories of the Supernatural

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This week, Kim and Alice share some books that try to find the truth behind the supernatural or that might be perfect haunting reading in October.

This episode is sponsored by Oxford University Press, LibraryReads, and TBR, Book Riot's new subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes.


NEW BOOKS

Behold, America: The Entangled History of "America First" and "the American Dream" by Sarah Churchwell

The Ravenmaster: My Life With the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Feuding Fan Dancers: Faith Bacon, Sally Rand, and the Golden Age of the Showgirl by Leslie Zemeckis

Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

Six By Ten: Stories from Solitary, edited by Taylor Pendergrass


TRUE STORIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum

The Secret History of the Jersey Devil: How Quakers, Hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin Created a Monster by Brian Regal and Frank J. Esposito

American Ghost: A Family's Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier by Hannah Nordhaus

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke


RIP READING CHALLENGE

Readers Imbibing Peril

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey


READING NOW

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up, and the Making of the Atomic Bomb by Peter Watson

Oct 02 2018

56mins

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Rank #4: E5: #5 Mother's Day and the Busman's MBA

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Kim is joined by guest co-host Jeff O'Neal to talk about two of the biggest nonfiction-related news stories of the year, along with books for Mother's Day and Jeff's Busman's MBA.

This episode is sponsored by The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska.


Follow Up and Nonfiction News

A Higher Loyalty sells 600,000 copies in the first week! 

The Golden State Killer has been caught! 


New Books

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil (April 24 from Crown)

Minority Leader by Stacey Abrams (April 24 from Henry Holt)

Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King (April 24 from Riverhead)

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson (April 24 from Viking)


Weekly Theme: Mother's Day

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Stuck in the Middle With You by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Hammer Head by Nina MacLaughlin


The Busman's MBA

Back to Work podcast by Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi


Reading Now

Odd Girl Out by Laura James

The Power of Different by Gail Saltz

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

May 01 2018

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Rank #5: E48: Exciting Nonfiction Coming in 2020

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This week Alice and Kim talk about the failure of their 2019 reading resolutions and look ahead to some of the books they’re excited about in 2020.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and Book Riot Insiders.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

NEW BOOKS

And Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood by Rachel Friedman

Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol: The Explosive Story of M19, America’s First Female Terrorist Group by William Rosenau

ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2020

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson

A Black Woman’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch

Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier by Victoria James

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo

Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Colette Goldbach

How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer

READING NOW

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food by Lenore Newman

Jan 07 2020

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Rank #6: E25: #25 Black History Month Pt II

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This week, Alice and Kim discuss contemporary reads for Black History Month, an accidental con artist, and all new books to watch out for.

This episode is sponsored by Audible and , Book Riot’s Swords and Spaceships newsletter.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

Follow Up

True story podcast, The Dropout from ABC Radio, about Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

New Books

The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America, ed. by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman

Parkland by Dave Cullen

Brown, White, Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion by Nishta J. Mehra

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman

Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Black History Month II: Contemporary Voices

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim

Reading Now

First Generations: Women in Colonial America by Carol Berkin

Atomic Habits by James Clear

CONCLUSION

Find us on Twitter @itsalicetime and @kimthedork.

RATE AND REVIEW on ITUNES so people can find us more easily, and subscribe so you can get our new episodes the minute they come out.

Feb 19 2019

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Rank #7: E22: #22 New Year, New You

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This week Alice and Kim talk about nonfiction to help you with your New Year’s resolutions and the reading resolutions they’ve set for the year.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal by Book Riot.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

BOOKS WE GOT FOR CHRISTMAS

How to Draw Almost Every Day by Kamo

Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

Feminasty by Erin Gibson

How Do We Look by Mary Beard

The Assassination of Branwaine Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen

Educated by Tara Westover

NEW BOOKS

Trailblazer by Dorothy Butler Gilliam

When Death Becomes Life by Joshua Mezrich

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

WEEKLY THEME: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price (2018)

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

READING NOW

Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Jan 08 2019

46mins

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Rank #8: E20: #20 A Nonfiction Holiday Gift Guide

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In this week’s episode, Kim and Alice share a few last November new books, then jump into a holiday gift guide with recommendations for history buffs, video gamers, wine aficionados, nature lovers and more.

This week’s episode of For Real is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Homer and the Holiday Miracle by Gwen Cooper, and Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child by James Breakwell.


Follow Up

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart


New Books

Stranger’s Pose by Emmanuel Iduma

The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong

Seduction by Karina Longworth

We the People by Erwin Chemerinsky

Becoming by Michelle Obama


Holiday Recommendation Guide: Reader Requests

Population 485 by Michael Perry

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Goodbye-to All That by Robert Graves

Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Skyjack by Geoffrey Gray

Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat by Samin Nosrat

The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty

Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi


Holiday Recommendation Guide: General Recommendations

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Tasting the Past by Kevin Begos

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

The Game Console by Evan Amos

Console Wars by Blake J. Harris

Extra Lives by Tom Bissell

Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman

Bibliophile by Jane Mount of Ideal Bookshelf

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

Writer’s Under Surveillance

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Family Gene by Joselin Linder

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge


Reading Now

No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Nov 27 2018

54mins

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Rank #9: E32: #32 Our Favorite Nonfiction of the Year (So Far)

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This week Kim and guest host Liberty Hardy talk new books and their favorite nonfiction of the year so far.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot and Audible.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

NEW BOOKS

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

FAVORITE NONFICTION OF THE YEAR SO FAR

Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

The Sakura Obsession: The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan’s Cherry Blossoms by Naoko Abe

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

READING NOW

Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis

The Library of the Unwritten by by A. J. Hackwith (October 1)

May 28 2019

41mins

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Rank #10: E12: #12 Scandal!

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This week, Kim and Alice talk presidential scandals, Victorian affairs, and the inside scoop on the Jell-O dynasty.

Aug 07 2018

55mins

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Rank #11: E28: #28 Confidence Tricksters

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This week Alice and Kim talk about bookish murders, confidence tricksters, Craigslist cons and more new nonfiction.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

FOLLOW UP

Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman

Kitlit These Days, a new podcast from Book Riot

NEW BOOKS

Murder by the Book by Claire Harman

No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny

Death in Ten Minutes by Fern Riddell

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé by Bryan Wagner

Native Country of the Heart by Cherríe Moraga

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

CONFIDENCE TRICKSTERS

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by Piu Eatwell

The Big Con by David Maurer

Race Me In a Lobster Suit by Kelly Mahon

Caraboo: The Servant Girl Princess by Jennifer Raison

The Mark Inside by Amy Reading

READING NOW

Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams

Alexander Hamilton by Jonathan Hennessey, art by Justin Greenwood

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Apr 02 2019

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Rank #12: E14: #14 Labor Day and Stories About Work

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In this week's episode, Kim and guest co-host Sharifah recommend books by people with interesting jobs and personal essay collections by smart and funny women.

This episode is sponsored by Unapologetic by Charlene A Carruthers and Elizabeth Warren by Antonia Felix. Book Riot also wants to know about your reading habits. Hop over and take our Fall Reader Survey before Sept. 10 for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Book Riot Store: bookriot.com/fallsurvey


NEW BOOKS

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas

“Dear Mr. President” by Jeanne Marie Laskas in the Guardian

Ten Letters by Eli Saslow

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

The Class by Heather Won Tesoriero

I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan by Khalida Brohi

Bureau of Spies by Steven T. Usdin

The Provocative Colette by Annie Goetzinger

Not Quite Not White by Sharmila Sen


LABOR DAY/STORIES OF WORK

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario


MOSTLY FUNNY PERSONAL ESSAYS

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul


READING NOW

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

The Infamous Harry Hayward by Shawn Francis Peters

Sep 04 2018

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Rank #13: E45: Nonfiction Holiday Gift Guide

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This week Alice and Kim talk holiday gifts for the nonfiction book lover in your life.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder Journal, and Book Riot Insiders.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

NONFICTION IN THE NEWS

National Book Award goes to Sarah Broom’s The Yellow House!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Q: I am looking for a book for my grandpa for the holidays on Sociology or Ethics. He is a former Criminology Professor and so hard to buy for.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Q: My partner is a triathlete and loves to read books about or from cyclists and triathletes. There is not that many of them so he is running out of reading material, and I’m running out of ideas for gifts. Could you recommend good nonfiction on sport or by sportspeople? I think what he enjoys is reading about personal achievements.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

A Necessary Spectacle: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, and the Tennis Match That Leveled the Game by Selena Roberts

C.C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America by Geoff Williams

Q: I am looking for a book for my dad. And that is what I want – a good, solid dad book (frontlist) recommendation. Think The Pioneers by David McCullough or Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. My dad is in his 80s and fairly conservative.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman

The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team by Matthew Goodman

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley

Q: I find a lot of the non-fiction I read is fairly heavy. Recent reads I’ve enjoyed are Invisible Women, Prisoners of Geography and Say Nothing, and although I’ve loved them all, all the war and death and sexism is hard going. So, I’d like your favourite happy, uplifting non-fiction on any topic to read over the holiday season!

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee

The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World by Steve Hely

READING NOW

KIM: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

ALICE: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

CONCLUSION

You can find us on SOCIAL MEDIA – @itsalicetime and @kimthedork

RATE AND REVIEW on Apple Podcasts so people can find us more easily, and subscribe so you can get our new episodes the minute they come out.

Nov 26 2019

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Rank #14: E24: #24 Black History Month and True Story Podcasts

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This week Alice and Kim talk about books to read for Black History Month and some nonfiction adjacent podcasts they love (plus more books).

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s TBR and Flatiron Books, and I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir by Reema Zaman, from Amberjack Publishing..

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple Podcasts, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

FOLLOW UP

American Fire by Monica Hesse

An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie

Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil

A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland by William E. Glassley

NEW BOOKS

No Beast So Fierce by Dane Huckelbridge

Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

BuzzFeed: I’ve Been Committed To A Psych Ward Three Times — And It Never Helped

Underground by Will Hunt

WEEKLY THEME: BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

To Keep the Waters Troubled by Linda O. McMurry

NONFICTION + PODCASTS

Podcast: Broken Harts

Mel Magazine: The Sad, Strange Life and Death of Devonte Hart

Podcast: In the Dark

Podcast: Here to Make Friends

A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance by Emma Gray

I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

Podcast: Terrible, Thanks for Asking

It’s Ok to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

READING NOW

Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird

American Prison by Shane Bauer

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (not nonfiction!)

Feb 05 2019

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Rank #15: E47: 2019 Nonfiction Favorites

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This week Alice and Kim talk favorite nonfiction reads of 2019, including the women of Disney, a very lonely whale, and how to stop stress in its tracks.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder Journal and Libro.fm.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

NONFICTION NEWS

Goodreads Choice Awards are out!

2019 FAVORITES

Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein

Parkland by Dave Cullen

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

Make it Scream, Make it Burn by Leslie Jamison

Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World by Emma Southon

No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder

2019 MISSES

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

READING NOW

KIM: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

ALICE: Know My Name by Chanel Miller!

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

CONCLUSION

You can find us on SOCIAL MEDIA – @itsalicetime and @kimthedork

RATE AND REVIEW on Apple Podcasts so people can find us more easily, and subscribe so you can get our new episodes the minute they come out.

Dec 24 2019

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Rank #16: E37: Books for Bibliophiles

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This week Alice and Kim talk books for book lovers, Anna the fake heiress, and one of the most astounding women in the Roman world.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders. Check it out and sign up for your 14-day free trial at insiders.bookriot.com.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

Follow Up

-Moon podcast Moonrise

NEW BOOKS

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World by Zahra Hankir

Girl on the Block: A True Story of Coming of Age Behind the Counter by Jessica Wragg

God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America by Lyz Lenz

Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World by Emma Southon

Gross Anatomy: A Field Guide to Loving Your Body, Warts and All by Mara Altman

BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS

In honor of National Book Lover’s Day on August 9

What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

Black Ink: Literary Legends on the Peril, Power, and Pleasure of Reading Writing, ed. by Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Book Love by Debbie Tung

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount

My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul

READING NOW

KIM: The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Major Taylorby Michael Kramish

ALICE: American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

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Aug 06 2019

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Rank #17: E11: #11 Nonfiction Beach Reads

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This week, Kim and Alice take a deep dive into types of nonfiction that are great for reading at the beach -- stunt and celebrity memoirs, science and nature stories, and historical true crime reads.

While you’re here, don’t forget Book Riot’s YA giveaway! Go here to win $500 of the year’s best YA fiction and nonfiction: bookriot.com/500yagiveaway.


FOLLOW UP

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Drinking in America by Mark Edward Lender


NEW BOOKS

Barons of the Sea by Steven Ujifusa

Blood and Ivy by Paul Collins

A Bite-Sized History of France by Stephane Henaut (translated by Jeni Mitchell)

Killing It: An Education by Camas Davis


NONFICTION BEACH READS

Stunt Memoirs!

My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

The Lunatic Express by Carl Hoffman

Nature/Science Books!

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

Light/Historical True Crime!

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

Comedy Memoirs!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang

I Know I Am But What Are You by Samantha Bee

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’All Don’t Even Know by Retta


READING NOW

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Fighting Chance by Faye Dudden


OTHER

Ask a Slave (web series)

Jul 24 2018

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Rank #18: E23: #23 The Arctic & the Tropics

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This week Alice and Kim talk arctic explorers, murder in the tropics, and the mixed reactions to nonfiction bestseller Girl, Wash Your Face.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder Journal.

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Follow Up

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

By the Book podcast

BuzzFeed: “Girl, Wash Your Face” Is A Massive Best-Seller With A Dark Message

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo


New Books

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Marriedby Abby Ellin

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein

It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America by Reniqua Allen

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land


Weekly Theme: The Arctic

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

Ada Blackjack: A True Tale of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven


The Tropics

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker

The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon by Chris Feliciano Arnold

Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen by Linda M. Heywood


Reading Now

American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer

Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover

Remember the Ladies: Women in America, 1750-1815 by Linda Grant De Pauw


CONCLUSION

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Jan 22 2019

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Rank #19: E2: Spring Has Sprung

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This week, Alice and Kim talking about Jane Austen superfans, snuffbox mussels and the rare "dragon fish," and books to give some context to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida and subsequent student activism.

This episode is sponsored by:

She Caused a Riot by Hannah Jewell

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs


New Releases

Camp Austen by Ted Scheinman (March 6 from FSG Originals)

The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss (March 6 from Viking)

Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet (March 13 from Ecco)

The Last Wild Men of Borneo by Carl Hoffman (March 6 from William Morrow)

Disappointment River by Brian Castner (March 13 from Doubleday)

There Are No Dead Here by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno (February 27 from Nation Books)


Theme of the Week: Spring Has Sprung

Wild and Rare by Adam Regn Arvidson

The Meadowlands by Robert Sullivan

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver


Current Events Reads: Guns and Student Activism

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Witness the Revolution by Clara Bingham


What We're Reading

Political Tribes by Amy Chua

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt


The Extra Stuff

Books mentioned in passing:

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Animals you might be curious about:

Snuffbox mussels

Asian arowana aka “dragon fish"

Mar 20 2018

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Rank #20: E4: #4 Short Nonfiction You Can Readathon

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Apr 17 2018

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