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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.

    E51: Black History Month Reads

    E51: Black History Month Reads

    This week Alice and Kim talk Black History Month nonfiction reads for your TBR shelf.

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    E50: 50 Books for 50 Episodes

    E50: 50 Books for 50 Episodes

    This week Alice and Kim highlight 50 awesome nonfiction books to celebrate their 50th episode!

    This episode is sponsored by Get Booked from Book Riot, Me and White Supremacy from Sourcebooks, and Book Riot Insiders.

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    Books Mentioned

    Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

    Building a Life Worth Living by Marsha M. Linehan

    The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

    Unfollow by Megan Roper Phelps

    The Art of Choosing  by Sheena Iyengar

    A Woman’s Crusade by Mary Walton

    The Great Beanie Baby Bubble by Zac Bissonnette 

    Meaty by Samantha Irby

    The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

    Moonbound by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

    Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim

    Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

    Stiff by Mary Roach

    Spare Parts by Joshua Davis

    Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis 

    King Mob by Christopher Hibbert

    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

    The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

    Educated by Tara Westover

    My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

    Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

    Portage by Sue Leaf 

    White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

    My Own Devices by Dessa 

    All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

    The Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

    Crash Override by Zoe Quinn

    How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor

    The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

    The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith

    Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

    The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee 

    They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

    From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

    American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

    Good Talk by Mira Jacob

    Political Tribes by Amy Chua

    The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

    Amateur by Thomas Page McBee

    Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler

    We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean

    The Ridiculous Race by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran

    Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

    Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

    Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

    This Life is In Your Hands by Melissa Coleman

    The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

    Reset by Ellen Pao

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    E49: Classic Hollywood Scandals

    E49: Classic Hollywood Scandals

    This week Alice and Kim talk classic Hollywood scandals and history, with some nonfiction picks to help you dive into the backstage world of 20th century film.

    This episode is sponsored by Fights by Joel Christian McGill, Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, and Novel Gazing, Book Riot’s new literary fiction podcast.

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    NONFICTION NEWS

    The Hill: “New Stacey Abrams book to focus on voting rights”

    NEW BOOKS

    The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg

    The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh

    Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression by Christopher Knowlton

    Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

    CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS

    The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt

    The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara

    Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood by Karina Longworth

    The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont by Shawn Levy

    Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen

    Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

    READING NOW

    KIM: The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace by Lindsey Pollak

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

    CONCLUSION

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    • 47 min
    E48: Exciting Nonfiction Coming in 2020

    E48: Exciting Nonfiction Coming in 2020

    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.

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    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

    • 45 min
    E47: 2019 Nonfiction Favorites

    E47: 2019 Nonfiction Favorites

    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.

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    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

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    • 45 min
    E46: Best Nonfiction of the Decade

    E46: Best Nonfiction of the Decade

    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.

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    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 

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