Episode 38

Cults and Cult-Like Communities

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.

Subscribe to For Real using RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.

For more nonfiction recommendations, sign up for our True Story newsletter, edited by Kim Ukura.

Follow Up

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation by Eli Clare

Nonfiction in the News

Barack Obama’s summer reading list

Publisher’s Weekly: Workman to Publish AOC Bio

New Books

Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation by Annahid Dashtgard

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

Cults!

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

Book Riot has Avada Kedavra-ed the comments section, so please come chat with us on Twitter or Instagram!