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 Insiders, Skin Deep by Gavin Evans, published by Oneworld Publications and Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen.

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Nonfiction in the News

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New Books

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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


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 Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand