Episode 43

Medical Mysteries

This week Alice and Kim talk plagues, Disney, and what Harry Houdini really thought about spiritualism.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Blind Date with a Book, and Dad’s Maybe Book by Tim O’Brien, published by HMH.

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NONFICTION IN THE NEWS

Kirkus Prize winner: How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
“A memoir of coming to terms that’s written with masterful control of both style and material.”

Washington Post: “Anonymous author of Trump ‘resistance’ op-ed to publish a tell-all book”

New Books

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Díaz

The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

MEDICAL MYSTERIES

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness by John Waller

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston

Reading Now

KIM: Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by Andrew Marantz

ALICE: The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Millicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara!

CONCLUSION

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LINKS

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