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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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81 Ratings
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This podcast is good

By robnunn - Nov 03 2019
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I like getting new nonfiction book recommendations

Stars across the board

By Maya FL - Jun 01 2018
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Always leave this podcast wanting to read every book they talk about
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For Real

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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.

Rank #1: 8: #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 #2: 4: #4 Short Nonfiction You Can Readathon

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Apr 17 2018

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Rank #3: 38: Cults and Cult-Like Communities

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This week Alice and Kim talk about Barack Obama’s summer nonfiction picks, the world’s deadliest predator, and true stories inside cults and places with cult-like thinking.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot InsidersSkin Deep by Gavin Evans, published by Oneworld Publications and Chase Darkness with Meby Billy Jensen.

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

FOLLOW UP

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation by Eli Clare

NONFICTION IN THE NEWS

Barack Obama’s summer reading list

Publisher’s Weekly: Workman to Publish AOC Bio

NEW BOOKS

Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation by Annahid Dashtgard

The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power by Sady Doyle

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard

CULTS!

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn

Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami

READING NOW

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemptionby Laura Hillenbrand

Aug 20 2019

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Rank #4: 2: 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 #5: 32: #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

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Rank #6: 25: #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.

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Feb 19 2019

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Rank #7: 12: #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

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Rank #8: 11: #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 #9: 15: #15 Cozy Nonfiction for Fall

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This episode of For Real is sponsored by The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King and The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman.

FOLLOW UP READS

The Class by Heather Won Tesario

NEW BOOKS

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams

Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit

Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply by Mark Schapiro 

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre 

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne Freeman

The Art of Logic in an Illogical World by Eugenia Cheng 

She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak, edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, Rafeeat Aliyu 

WEEKLY THEME: Cozy Nonfiction for Fall

House of Stone by Anthony Shadid

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Travels With Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck

SEGMENT THREE: Great Subtitles

Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn

Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek

READING NOW

99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS?

Find us on Twitter @itsalicetime and @kimthedork

Sep 18 2018

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Rank #10: 21: #21 The Jane Austen Episode

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This week, Alice and Kim talk all things Jane Austen, as well as the best nonfiction of 2018.


This week’s episode of For Real is brought to you by the Book Riot Read Harder Journal and The Molecule of More By Daniel Z. Lieberman and Mike Long.


Subscribe to For Real via Stitcher here, or via Apple Podcasts here. You can sign up for Book Riot's nonfiction newsletter True Story, edited by For Real's Kim Ukura here.


Weekly Theme: Jane Austen


A Smattering of Austen Titles

Reading Austen in America by Juliette Wells

A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen

At Home With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson

Tea With Jane Austen by Pen Vogler

Jane Austen and the Fiction of Her Time by Mary Waldron

What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan

A Brief Guide to Jane Austen by Charles Jennings


Jane Austen Biography and Background Books

Jane Austen by Carol Shields

Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin

Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye

Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman


Jane Austen in Popular Culture

Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen by Deborah Yaffe

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane by Amy Smith


Fun Austen Titles & Covers

Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Why Jane Austen? by Rachel W. Brownstein


Critics Favorites of 2018

New York Times: Top 10 Books of 2018


Washington Post: Best Books of 2018


Popsugar’s Best Nonfiction Books 2018


Our Favorites of 2018

KIM:

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

ALICE:

Impeachment: An American History

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

Bombay Anna: The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King & I Governess by Susan Morgan

The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age by Myra MacPherson

READING NOW

KIM: Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus by Margaret Morris

ALICE: Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines


CONCLUSION

Book Riot is taking the week off a Christmas, so this will be our last podcast of 2018!

You can find us on SOCIAL MEDIA - @itsalicetime and @kimthedork on Twitter, and don’t forget to rate and review us in your podcast app!

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #11: 28: #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.

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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: 36: Not Throwing Away Our Moonshot

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This week Alice and Kim talk about the Space Race, recommend books to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and laugh at moon conspiracy theories.

This episode is sponsored by Pre Loved PodcastBecoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski and Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl.

Subscribe to For Real using RSSApple PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher.

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NEW BOOKS

The Weil Conjectures by Karen Olsson

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay

In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond by John Zada

THE MOON

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Moonbound by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

American Moonshot by Douglas Brinkley

Galaxy Girls by Libby Jackson

Apollo’s Legacy by Roger D. Launius

Destination Moon by Richard Maurer

READING NOW

For the Love of Books by Graham Tarrant

If All the Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Jul 23 2019

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Rank #13: 31: #31 Francophile Bonanza

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This week Alice and Kim talk about Soviet spy cats, French history, and Harper Lee and a murder trial.

This episode is sponsored by Kawaii Craft Life by Sosae Caetano and Dennis Caetano and Book Riot’s TBR. Check out Book Riot Insiders for the inside scoop!

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New Books

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

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings

The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science by Shaili Jain

Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board by Vince Houghton

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

The Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future by Joseph C. Sternberg

The Endeavour: The Ship That Changed the World by Peter Moore

The Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI by Lauren Johnson

No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Synder

The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy

Nonfiction About France

KIM: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

La Belle France: A Short History by Alistair Horne

The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar J Mazzeo

Veuve Clicquot Podcast

The Little Pleasures of Paris by Leslie Jonath


Reading Now

KIM: Becoming by Michelle Obama (audiobook)

ALICE: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

CONCLUSION

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

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May 14 2019

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Rank #14: 14: #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 #15: 37: 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

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

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Aug 06 2019

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Rank #16: 7: #7 Memorial Day Inspired Reads

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This week, Kim and Alice talk about books related to Memorial Day, lady serial killers, and some capital "R" Romantics.

This episode is sponsored by American Fire by Monica Hesse.

Follow Up

Damnation Island and Imperfect Harmony by Stacy Horn

New Books

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta

Baracoon by Zora Neal Hurston

Great American Outpost by Maya Rao

Like a Mother by Angela Garbes

Feminist Freedom Warriors by Chandra Mohanty and Linda Carty

Weekly Theme: Memorial Day

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

Drift by Rachel Maddow

Mum's Army by Winifred Philips

Ashley's War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

A Life in Secrets by Sarah Helm

Fiction/Nonfiction

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Lady Killers by Tori Telfer

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

Reading Now

Bombay Anna by Susan Morgan

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr.

Don't forget! Book Riot is giving away $500 to the bookstore of your choice. Visit bookriot.com/bookstore500 to enter!

May 29 2018

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Rank #17: 22: #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.

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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

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Rank #18: 20: #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

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Rank #19: 24: #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..

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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 #20: 10: #10 Revolutionary History!

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This week, Alice and Kim talk Revolutionary War history, Persian empresses, and the tragic fire that society buried.

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.

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NEW BOOKS

Don't You Ever by Mary Carter Bishop                                  

Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire by Robert E. Fiesler 

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal

No One Tells You This: A Memoir by Glynnis MacNicol 

From the Corner of the Oval by Rebecca Dorey-Stein

WEEKLY THEME: Revolutionary History

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America by Catherine Kerrison

Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

SEGMENT THREE: Fiction/Nonfiction

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

Gone by Min Kym

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

How to Build a Dinosaur: The New Science of Reverse Evolution by Jack Horner and James Gorman

READING NOW

Stalking God by Anjali Kumar

Drinking in America: A History by Mark Edward Lender

OTHER

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Age of Jackson Podcast

Jul 10 2018

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