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These book reviews appeared in our weekly Friday Reads posts on the NCompass Blog.


Title Author Reviewed by
The Goblin Emperor Addison, Katherine Cathy Hatterman
The House of the Spirit Allende, Isabel Allison Badger
Ms. Bixby's Last Day Anderson, John David Aimee Owen
Burn For Me Andrews, Ilona Amanda Sweet
The Handmaid's Tale Atwood, Margaret Allison Badger
Lives of the Monster Dogs Bakis, Kirsten Craig Lefteroff
A Week in Winter Binchy, Maeve Richard Miller
Library of Shadows Birkegaard, Mikkel Christ Porter
Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury, Ray Emily Nimsakont Fahrenheit
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Bradley, Alan Janet Greser
The Whites Price, Richard,
writing as Harry Brandt
Sam Shaw Whites
Big Bad Love Brown, Larry Sam Shaw BigBad
Tell the Wolves I'm Home Brunt, Carol Rifka Susan Knisely Wolves
The Curse of Chalion Bujold, Lois McMaster Laura Johnson Chalion
A Clockwork Orange Burgess, Anthony Michael Sauers Clockwork
Storm Front Butcher, Jim Amanda Sweet Storm
Avalon High Cabon, Meg Anna Walter Avalon
Call If You Need Me Carver, Raymond Sam Shaw Call
Ready Player One Cline, Ernest Aimee Owen Ready
The Fold Clines, Peter Cathy Hatterman Fold
The Invisble Library Cogman, Genevieve Cathy Hatterman Invisible
The House Girl Conklin, Tara Mary Sauers HouseGirl
All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook Connor, Leslie Sally Snyder PerryCook
The Passage Cronin, Justin Allison Badger Passage
Make Your Home among Strangers Crucet, Jennine Capó Mary Jo Ryan
The Last Midwife Dallas, Sandra Mary Sauers Cameron
The Miseducation of Cameron Post Danforth, Emily M. Laura Johnson Cameron
The Circus in Winter Day, Cathy Craig Lefteroff Circus
All the Light We Cannot See Doerr, Anthony Rod Wagner Light
The Tea Rose Donnelly, Jennifer Mary Sauers TeaRose
The Winter Rose Donnelly, Jennifer Mary Sauers WinterRose
The Wild Rose Donnelly, Jennifer Mary Sauers WildRose
The Motion of Puppets Donohue, Keith Holli Duggan Puppets
The Glassblower Durst-Benning, Petra Mary Sauers
Boys Don’t Knit (In Public) Easton, T.S. Susan Knisely Knit
The All-Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion Flagg, Fannie Lisa Kelly Filling
Outlander series Gabaldon, Diana Mary Sauers
American Gods Gaiman, Neil Mary Sauers
Norse Mythology Gaiman, Neil Cathy Hatterman
The Little Paris Bookshop George, Nina Mary Sauers
A Is For Alibi Grafton, Sue Lisa Kelly
Finders-Seekers Greeno, Gayle Christa Porter
Garvey's Choice Grimes, Nikki Sally Snyder
The Excellent Lombards Hamilton, Jane Mary Jo Ryan
The Celestial Railroad Hawthoren, Nathaniel Craig Lefteroff
The Reluctant Widow Heyer, Georgette Laura Johnson
The Fireman Hill, Joe Aimee Owen
Codex Born Hines, Jim C. Hatterman, Cathy
Funny Girl Hornby, Nick Emily Nimsakont
The Haunting of Hill House Jackson, Shirley Lynda Clause Jackson
Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary Jarrow, Gail Sally Snyder Typhoid
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Jemisin, N. K. Cathy Hatterman Hundred
Keeping the Castle Kindl, Patrice Sally Snyder
School For Brides Kindl, Patrice Sally Snyder
Dreaming Spies King, Laurie R. Laura Johnson
Redeployment Klay, Phil Emily Nimsakont Redeployment
The Dinner Koch, Herman Rod Wagner Dinner
Restart Korman, Gordon Sally Snyder Restart
Confessions of a Domestic Failure Laditan, Bunmi Aimee Owen Domestic
The Girl in the Spider's Web Lagercrantz, David Rod Wagner Spider
Ghost Train to New Orleans Lefferty, Mur Christa Porter Ghost
How to Babysit a Leopard Lewin, Ted & Betsy Sally Snyder
Up To This Pointe Longo, Jennifer Sally Snyder
The Lies of Locke Lamora Lynch, Scott Laura Johnson Loche
The Ritual of Illusion Matheson, Richard Chritian Michael Sauers
Coming Home McDevitt, Jack Cathy Hatterman
Bloody Jack Meyer, L.A. Aimee Owen Bloody
The Bone Clocks Mitchell, David Cathy Hatterman Clocks
Seneca Falls Inheritance Monfredo, Miriam Grace Christa Porter Seneca
Runaway Munro, Alice Mary Jo Ryan Runaway
Nemesis Nesbo, Jo Rod Wagner
The Fisherman Obioma, Chigozie Lynda Clause
The Missing Ink Olson, Karen E. Christa Porter
Cat Girl's Day Off Pauley, Kimberly Janet Greser
Bellweather Rhapsody Racculia, Kate Holli Duggan
Ghost Reynolds, Jason Sally Snyder
The Great Mistake Rinehart, Mary Roberts Hatterman, Cathy
Eleanor and Park Rowell, Rainbow Susan Knisely
The Reckoners (series) Sanderson, Brandon Holli Duggan
The Women in the Castle Shattuck, Jessica Mary Sauers
Frankenstein Shelley, Mary Lynda Clause
The Meaning of Names Shoemaker, Karen Gettert Mary Sauers
The Mark of the Assassin Silva, Daniel Johnson, Laura
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Sloan, Robin Janet Greser
Grasshopper Jungle Smith, Andrew Susan Knisely
The Art of Racing in the Rain Stein, Garth Cecelia Ramsey
The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck, John Lynda Clause
Consumed by Fire Stuart, Anne Susan Knisely Knit
The Homesman Swarthout, Glendon Mary Sauers
The Goldfinch Tartt, Donna Rod Wagner
Johnny Got His Gun Trumbo, Dalton Mary Jo Ryan Johnny
After the Golden Age Vaughn, Carrie Aimee Owen Golden
Screaming at the Ump Vernick, Audrey Sally Snyder
Updraft Wilde, Fran Hatterman, Cathy
Fables Willingham, Bill Christa Porter
The Care and Management of Lies Winspear, Jacqueline Devra Dragos
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle Wroblewski, David Richard Miller
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Zevin, Gabrielle Mary Jo Ryan


Title Author Reviewed by
The Fire Next Time Baldwin, James Susan Knisely Fire
Stubby the War Dog Bausum, Ann Sally Snyder Stubby
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Berendt, John Richard Miller Midnight
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Bourdain, Anthony Susan Knisely Kitchen
Alton Brown: EveryDayCook Brown, Alton Holli Duggan
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Brown, Box Sally Snyder
The Grammar Lady: How to Mind Your Grammar in Print and in Person Bruder, Mary Newton Richard Miller Grammar
Bohemians Behle, Paul and David Berger Lynda Clause Bohemians
The Antidote Burkeman, Oliver Sam Shaw Antidote
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cahalan, Susannah Lynda Clause Brain
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Carmon, Irin,and Shana Knizhnik Lisa Kelly Notorious
Information Doesn't Want To Be Free Doctorow, Cory Michael Sauers Information
League of Denial Fainaru-Wada, Mark and Steve Fainaru Sam Shaw Information
How To Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS France, David Susan Knisely Information
Eat, Pray, Love Gilbert, Elizabeth Laura Johnson EatPrayLove
Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Plan To Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die Graff, Garrett Sam Shaw RavenRock
Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health Iyengar, B.K.S. Mary Jo Ryan
Weird Fiction Review Joshi, S.T. (editor) Michael Sauers
Eat and Run Jurek, Scott Sam Shaw EatAndRun
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Kondo, Marie Laura Johnson Tidying
The Secret History of Wonder Woman Lepore, Jill Allison Badger Wonder
The New World of 3D Printing
Lipson, Hod, and Melba Kurman Michael Sauers Fabricated
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble Lyons, Dan Sam Shaw Disrupted
Books: A Memoir McMurtry, Larry Rod Wagner Books
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Millard, Candice Lisa Kelly Books
New Prairie Kitchen Miller, Summer Mary Jo Ryan Prairie
The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy Kliph Nesteroff Craig Lefteroff Comedians
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family Nutt, Amy Ellis Susan Knisely Nicole
We Are Anonymous Olson, Parmy Michael Sauers Anon
Cinderella Ate My Daughter Orenstein, Peggy. Lynda Clause
Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir Randolph, Ladette Mary Jo Ryan PinkHouse
My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life Reichl, Ruth Lisa Kelly
Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life Robbins, Tom Mary Jo Ryan
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Ronson, Jon Craig Lefteroff Shamed
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal Rosenthal, Amy Krouse Aimee Owen Textbook
Altamont Selvin, Joel Sam Shaw Altamont
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Sestero, Greg, and Tom Bissell Craig Lefteroff Disaster
Bomb: the Race To Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Sheinkin, Steve Susan Knisely Bomb
The Naked Mountaineer Sieberson, Steve Rod Wagner Mountaineer
M Train Smith, Patti Rod Wagner MTrain
Wild Strayed, Cheryl Snyder, Sally Strayed
The Great Railway Bazaar Theroux, Paul Richard Miller Railway
Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Vance, J.D. Craig Lefteroff Hillbilly
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper Wasdin, Howard, and Stephen Templin Susan Knisely SealTeam
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America Waters, John Sam Shaw
Just a Geek Wheaton, Wil Christa Porter
You Gotta BE the Book Wilhelm, Jeffrey Holli Duggan
How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy Witt, Stephen Aimee Owen FreeMusic

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