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For Real is sponsored this week by Book Riot InsidersIn the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent’s Relentless Pursuit of the Nation’s Worst Predators by Jeffrey Rinek from BenBella Books and Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom by Ariel Burger.



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Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome by Venki Ramakrishnan

Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the “Powerless” Woman Who Took on Washington by Patricia Miller

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley

A Tale of Two Murders: Guilt, Innocence, and the Execution of Edith Thompson by Laura Thompson

First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story by Huda Al-Marashi

End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World’s Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals by Ross D.E. MacPhee


Shout-Outs to:

Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate, and the CIA by Shane O’Sullivan

Beyonce in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery


WEEKLY THEME: Book Awards!

Carnegie Award

Shortlist: The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu

Longlist: High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen

National Book Award

Finalist: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

Longlist: One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson


SEGMENT THREE: Colonialism

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation by Colin G. Calloway (Oxford University Press)

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann



Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple

Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel



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