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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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    • 4.9, 111 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.

    E61: Travel Narratives

    E61: Travel Narratives

    This week Alice and Kim talk travel books, Alaskan politics, and what the word multifarious means.

    • 44 min
    E60: Audiobooks Like Podcasts

    E60: Audiobooks Like Podcasts

    This week Alice and Kim talk about podcast-ish audiobooks you can listen to even when you don’t have a commute, plus new books about voting, strippers, and murder on the high seas.

    • 44 min
    E59: Pride Month Nonfiction

    E59: Pride Month Nonfiction

    This week Alice and Kim talk Pride reads, new release nonfiction, and more.

    • 40 min
    E58: Burnout, Bravery, Happiness and Meaning

    E58: Burnout, Bravery, Happiness and Meaning

    This week Alice and Kim talk about beauty pageants, Girl Scouts, '90s nostalgia through essays, and books for Mental Health Month.

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    New Books

    Troop 6000 by Nikita Stewart

    Miss World 1970 by Jennifer Hosten

    In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara

    Weird But Normal by Mia Mercado

    How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

    Mental Health Month

    Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

    Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

    Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani

    The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith

    Reading Now

    We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

    Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

    The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

    • 43 min
    E57: Votes for Women!

    E57: Votes for Women!

    This week Alice and Kim talk about sister suffragettes, Scandinavian mysteries, and pirates.

    • 43 min
    E56: For Reading After Marathoning

    E56: For Reading After Marathoning

    This week Alice and Kim talk books to read after you finishing marathoning shows like Tiger King and The Office, plus some of the best new releases from April.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

t.s.h.2020 ,

Picky nonfiction reader

I’m a pretty picky nonfiction reader so I love the range of books talked about here. I always find a few new titles I’m interested in. Now, I may never get them read, but I’ll have fun trying!

wheatshock ,

Great resource for non fiction

This is a double edged sword for me. I was searching for resources to expand my exposure to non fiction and boy did I find it here! My to read list always grows by 2 or more books with each listen. My list is growing faster than I can read. :-)

To answer your survey, I love all the current segments, not just 1 in particular.

BJRobin ,

Interesting and informative and

Really enjoy this interesting and informative podcast. The reviews are well-grounded, honest, and well-(entertainingly) presented. Thank you!

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