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True Stories of the Supernatural

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This week, Kim and Alice share some books that try to find the truth behind the supernatural or that might be perfect haunting reading in October.

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Behold, America: The Entangled History of “America First” and “the American Dream” by Sarah Churchwell

The Ravenmaster: My Life With the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Feuding Fan Dancers: Faith Bacon, Sally Rand, and the Golden Age of the Showgirl by Leslie Zemeckis

Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

Six By Ten: Stories from Solitary, edited by Taylor Pendergrass


Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum

The Secret History of the Jersey Devil: How Quakers, Hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin Created a Monster by Brian Regal and Frank J. Esposito

American Ghost: A Family’s Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier by Hannah Nordhaus

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke


Readers Imbibing Peril

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey


Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up, and the Making of the Atomic Bomb by Peter Watson