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True Crime Book Bonanza

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This week, Alice and Kim discuss arson, mesmerism, and murder in a true crime-themed episode. Find your scary nonfiction here this month on For Real.

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Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis by Sam Anderson


The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter

Noncompliant: A Lone Whistleblower Exposes the Giants of Wall Street by Carmen Segarra

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick

Impeachment: An American History by by Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker, and Jeffrey Engel

WEEKLY THEME: True Crime Bonanza

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder and a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

The Infamous Harry Hayward: A True Account of Murder and Mesmerism in Gilded Age Minneapolis by Shawn Francis Peters

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

SEGMENT THREE: Short Nonfiction II

Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli

My Friend Dahmer by Derk Backderf

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit


Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

The Good Pig by Sy Montgomery

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


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