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This week, Kim and Alice talk presidential scandals, Victorian affairs, and the inside scoop on the Jell-O dynasty.

For Real is sponsored this week by Book Riot Insiders and Flatiron Books, featuring the book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. See the movie in theaters!

New Books

My Life As a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture by Guy Branum

Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom

The Victorian and the Romantic by Nell Stevens

Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly

Watergate and Scandalous Reads

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President by Jeffrey Toobin 

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar 

Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy by David O. Stewart


The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee 

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis


The Coming Storm by Michael Lewis

I, Claudius by Robert Graves