104 episodes

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.

For Real Book Riot

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 136 Ratings

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.

    2022 Nonfiction Preview

    2022 Nonfiction Preview

    This week Alice and Kim talk about nonfiction highlights for 2022.

    • 47 min
    Episode 100!!!!

    Episode 100!!!!

    This week Alice and Kim celebrate recording 100 episodes for For Real by chatting about their podcast origin story, reminiscing about the bookish internet of the 2010s, and revisiting some childhood favorites across genres.

    • 47 min
    Favorite Nonfiction of 2021

    Favorite Nonfiction of 2021

    This week Alice and Kim talk about nonfiction highlights of 2021.

    • 51 min
    Books About Birds

    Books About Birds

    This week Kim and Alice explore the vast and interesting world of birds and birding with memoirs and illustrated bird guides. Plus, new collections of essays, historical nonfiction, and more!

    • 48 min
    Holiday Gift Guide

    Holiday Gift Guide

    This week Alice and Kim talk about nonfiction picks for holiday gifts.

    • 44 min
    Fell in a Hole (AKA True Stories Underground)

    Fell in a Hole (AKA True Stories Underground)

    This week Alice and Kim dig deep for nonfiction about things you find underground, plus share new nonfiction about sports, food, and history.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

W. Mattimoe ,

Nonfiction deserves this spotlight

Even though I am thoroughly a fiction fan, this lively and wide-ranging podcast keeps me motivated to round out my reading. Thanks to Alice and Kim, I’ve found some of my favorite reads outside my traditional comfort zone. Give them a listen.

Amy Becca ,

Like catching up with friends

This is one of my favorite podcasts — each episode is like catching up with friends. Kim and Alice make me laugh, keep me updated on book news, and of course help me add to my to-read list.

ARMTeaches ,

Love this non-fiction podcast!

I teach a high school English course comprised mostly of non-fiction, and I often point to this podcast to give my students ideas for reading material. Alice and Kim do such a great job of suggesting/evaluating books that may not necessarily be on the bookstagram radar, which I so appreciate (I read The Great Beanie Baby Bubble at Kim’s suggestion and found it fascinating), and I love their conversations—they are both brilliant and empathetic, and you can tell they genuinely care about each other and their podcast.

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