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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 Keeper of Lost Causes Adler-Olsen, Jussi Lisa Kelly
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Albertalli, Becky Amanda Sweet
Little Women Alcott, Louisa May Allison Badger
Solo Alexander, Kwame Sally Snyder
The House of the Spirit Allende, Isabel Allison Badger
Bless Me, Ultima Anaya, Rudolfo Mary Jo Ryan
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
Mansfield Park Austin, Jane Allison Badger
Lives of the Monster Dogs Bakis, Kirsten Craig Lefteroff
Foundryside Bennett, Robert Jackson Cathy Hatterman
Figures In Silk Bennett, Vanora Mary Sauers
A Week in Winter Binchy, Maeve Richard Miller
Library of Shadows Birkegaard, Mikkel Christ Porter
Murphy's Law Bowen, Rhys Mary Sauers Murphy's Law book cover
Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury, Ray Emily Nimsakont Fahrenheit 451 book cover
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Bradley, Alan Janet Greser
The Whites Price, Richard,
writing as Harry Brandt
Sam Shaw Whites book cover
Big Bad Love Brown, Larry Sam Shaw Big Bad Love book cover
Tell the Wolves I'm Home Brunt, Carol Rifka Susan Knisely Tell the Wolves I'm Home book cover
The Curse of Chalion Bujold, Lois McMaster Laura Johnson Curse of the Chalion book cover
A Clockwork Orange Burgess, Anthony Michael Sauers Clockwork Orange book cover
Greetings From Witness Protection Burt, Jake Aimee Owen Greetings From Witness Protection book cover
The 12 Dares of Christa Burt, Marissa Christa Porter 12 Dares of Christa book cover
Storm Front Butcher, Jim Amanda Sweet Storm Front book cover
Avalon High Cabon, Meg Anna Walter Avalon High book cover
The City of Lost Fortunes Camp, Bryan Cathy Hatterman The City of Lost Fortunes book cover
Sea Of Rust Cargill, Robert Cathy Hatterman Sea Of Rust book cover
Call If You Need Me Carver, Raymond Sam Shaw Call If You Need Me book cover
Moonglow Chabon, Michael Mary Jo Ryan Moonglow book cover
Night School Child, Lee Lisa Kelly Night School book cover
The Last Cruise Christensen, Kate Rod Wagner The Last Cruise book cover
Ready Player One Cline, Ernest Aimee Owen Ready Player One book cover
The Fold Clines, Peter Cathy Hatterman Fold book cover
The Alchemist Coelho, Paulo Amanda Sweet Alchemist book cover
The Invisble Library Cogman, Genevieve Cathy Hatterman Invisible Library book cover
The House Girl Conklin, Tara Mary Sauers House Girl book cover
All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook Connor, Leslie Sally Snyder All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook book cover
The Archivist Cooley, Martha Mary Sauers Archivist book cover
The Passage Cronin, Justin Allison Badger Passage book cover
Make Your Home Among Strangers Crucet, Jennine Capó Mary Jo Ryan
The Last Midwife Dallas, Sandra Mary Sauers Last Midwife book cover
The Miseducation of Cameron Post Danforth, Emily M. Laura Johnson Miseducation of Cameron Post book cover
The Circus in Winter Day, Cathy Craig Lefteroff Circus in Winter book cover
All the Light We Cannot See Doerr, Anthony Rod Wagner All the Light We Cannot See book cover
The Tea Rose Donnelly, Jennifer Mary Sauers Tea Rose  book cover
The Winter Rose Donnelly, Jennifer Mary Sauers Winter Rose book cover
The Wild Rose Donnelly, Jennifer Mary Sauers Wild Rose book cover
The Motion of Puppets Donohue, Keith Holli Duggan Motion of Puppets book cover
The Glassblower Durst-Benning, Petra Mary Sauers
Boys Don’t Knit (In Public) Easton, T.S. Susan Knisely Boys Don't Knit book cover
Lawn Boy Evison, Jonathan Aimee Owen Lawn Boy book cover
The Woman in the Window Finn, A.J. Rod Wagner Woman in the Window book cover
The All-Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion Flagg, Fannie Lisa Kelly All-Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion book cover
Sharp Objects Flynn, Gillian Lynda Clause Sharp Objects book cover
Dublin Murder Squad series French, Tara Allison Badger Trespasser book cover
How We Roll Friend, Natasha Sally Snyder How We Roll book cover
Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier Frost, Mark Sam Shaw Twin Peaks book cover
Outlander series Gabaldon, Diana Mary Sauers
American Gods Gaiman, Neil Mary Sauers
Norse Mythology Gaiman, Neil Cathy Hatterman
A Study In Emerald Gaiman, Neil, and Rafael Albuquerque Holli Duggan
Wired Garwood, Julie Amanda Sweet
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Gemeinhart, Dan Sally Snyder
The Little Paris Bookshop George, Nina Mary Sauers
Dopefiend Goines, Donald Sam Shaw
A Is For Alibi Grafton, Sue Lisa Kelly
Let It Snow Green, John, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle Sally Snyder
Finders-Seekers Greeno, Gayle Christa Porter
Garvey's Choice Grimes, Nikki Sally Snyder
The Reckoning Grisham, John Rod Wagner
The Excellent Lombards Hamilton, Jane Mary Jo Ryan
Uncommon Type Hanks, Tom Lisa Kelly
The Nightingale Hannah, Kristin Mary Jo Ryan
The Celestial Railroad Hawthoren, Nathaniel Craig Lefteroff
Horrorstor Hendrix, Grady Lynda Clause
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 Haunting of Hill House book cover
Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary Jarrow, Gail Sally Snyder Fatal Fever book cover
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Jemisin, N. K. Cathy Hatterman Hundred Thousand Kingdoms book cover
Keeping the Castle Kindl, Patrice Sally Snyder
School For Brides Kindl, Patrice Sally Snyder
Dreaming Spies King, Laurie R. Laura Johnson
The Gunslinger King, Stephen Christa Porter
Prodigal Summer Kingsolver, Barbara Rod Wagner
Redeployment Klay, Phil Emily Nimsakont Redeployment book cover
The Dinner Koch, Herman Rod Wagner Dinner book cover
Restart Korman, Gordon Sally Snyder Restart book cover
Confessions of a Domestic Failure Laditan, Bunmi Aimee Owen Confessions of a Domestic Failure book cover
The Girl in the Spider's Web Lagercrantz, David Rod Wagner Girl in the Spider's Web book cover
Ghost Train to New Orleans Lefferty, Mur Christa Porter Ghost Train to New Orleans book cover
How to Babysit a Leopard Lewin, Ted & Betsy Sally Snyder
Up To This Pointe Longo, Jennifer Sally Snyder
The Booksman's Tale Lovett, Charlie Mary Sauers
The Lies of Locke Lamora Lynch, Scott Laura Johnson Lies of Locke Lamora book cover
The Ritual of Illusion Matheson, Richard Chritian Michael Sauers
Coming Home McDevitt, Jack Cathy Hatterman
Bloody Jack Meyer, L.A. Aimee Owen Bloody Jack book cover
The Bone Clocks Mitchell, David Cathy Hatterman Bone Clocks book cover
Seneca Falls Inheritance Monfredo, Miriam Grace Christa Porter Seneca Falls Inheritance book cover
The Prague Sonata Morrow, Bradford Mary Sauers The Prague Sonata book cover
Runaway Munro, Alice Mary Jo Ryan Runaway book cover
Nemesis Nesbo, Jo Rod Wagner
Little Fires Everywhere Ng, Celest Rod Wagner
The Fisherman Obioma, Chigozie Lynda Clause
Moon Oliver, Alison Holli Duggan
The Missing Ink Olson, Karen E. Christa Porter
Cat Girl's Day Off Pauley, Kimberly Janet Greser
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series Penny, Louise Tessa Terry
Hogfather Pratchett, Terry Christa Porter
Good Omens Pratchett, Terry, and Neil Gaiman Holly Atterbury
Bellweather Rhapsody Racculia, Kate Holli Duggan
Ghost Reynolds, Jason Sally Snyder
Interview With the Vampire Rice, Anne Christa Porter
The Great Mistake Rinehart, Mary Roberts Cathy Hatterman
Eleanor and Park Rowell, Rainbow Susan Knisely
The Reckoners (series) Sanderson, Brandon Holli Duggan
The Swan Gondola Schaffert, Timothy Rod Wagner
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
My Italian Bulldozer Smith, Alexander McCall Lisa Kelly
Grasshopper Jungle Smith, Andrew Susan Knisely
Rabbit Á Robto 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 Consumed by Fire book cover
The Homesman Swarthout, Glendon Mary Sauers
The Goldfinch Tartt, Donna Rod Wagner
To The Stars Through Difficulties Tilghman, Romalyn Christa Porter
Tales From the Perilous Realm Tolkien, J.R.R. Christa Porter Tales From the Perilous Realm book cover
Johnny Got His Gun Trumbo, Dalton Mary Jo Ryan Johnny Got His Gun book cover
After the Golden Age Vaughn, Carrie Aimee Owen After the Golden Age book cover
Screaming at the Ump Vernick, Audrey Sally Snyder
The Woman In Cabin 10 Ware, Ruth Hatterman, Cathy
Piecing Me Together Watson, Renée Sally Snyder
All Systems Red Wells, Martha Holli Duggan
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
A Little Life Yanagihara, Hana Amanda Sweet
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Zevin, Gabrielle Mary Jo Ryan


Title Author Reviewed by
Daring To Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening Al-Sharif, Manal Susan Knisely Daring To Drive book cover
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Alexie, Sherman Susan Knisely You Don't Have To Say You Love Me book cover
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Bailey, Tova Holly Atterbury Sound of a Wild Snail Eating book cover
The Fire Next Time Baldwin, James Susan Knisely Fire Next Time book cover
Stubby the War Dog Bausum, Ann Sally Snyder Stubby the War Dog book cover
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Berendt, John Richard Miller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book cover
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Bourdain, Anthony Susan Knisely Kitchen Confidential book cover
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 Lady book cover
Bohemians: A Graphic History Behle, Paul and David Berger Lynda Clause Bohemians book cover
The Antidote Burkeman, Oliver Sam Shaw Antidote book cover
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cahalan, Susannah Lynda Clause Brain on Fire book cover
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border Cantu, Francisco Susan Kniseley Line Becomes a River book cover
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Carmon, Irin,and Shana Knizhnik Lisa Kelly Notorious RBG book cover
Information Doesn't Want To Be Free Doctorow, Cory Michael Sauers Information Doesnt' Want To Be Free book cover
League of Denial Fainaru-Wada, Mark and Steve Fainaru Sam Shaw League of Denial book cover
How To Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS France, David Susan Knisely How To Survive a Plague book cover
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Gessen, Masha Susan Knisely Future Is History book cover
Eat, Pray, Love Gilbert, Elizabeth Laura Johnson Eat Pray Love book cover
Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Plan To Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die Graff, Garrett Sam Shaw Raven Rock book cover
The Wrecking Crew: the Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret Hartman, Kent Sam Shaw Wrecking Crew book cover
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 Eat and Run book cover
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love Kimball, Kristen Aimee Owen Dirty Life book cover
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Kondo, Marie Laura Johnson Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book cover
The Secret History of Wonder Woman Lepore, Jill Allison Badger Secret History of Wonder Woman book cover
The New World of 3D Printing
Lipson, Hod, and Melba Kurman Michael Sauers Fabricated book cover
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble Lyons, Dan Sam Shaw Disrupted book cover
Malcolm X: a Life of Reinvention Marable, Manning Lynda Clause Disrupted book cover
Books: A Memoir McMurtry, Larry Rod Wagner Books book cover
I'll Be Gone In The Dark McNamara, Michelle Lynda Clause I'll Be Gone in the Dark book cover
I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Novel of a Hero Meltzer, Brad Sally Snyder I Am Gandhi book cover
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Millard, Candice Lisa Kelly Hero of the Empire book cover
New Prairie Kitchen Miller, Summer Mary Jo Ryan New Prairie Kitchen book cover
Paperback Crush: the Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction Moss, Gabrielle Aimee Owen Paperback Crush book cover
The Long Haul: a Trucker's Tale of Life on the Road Murphy, Finn Sam Shaw Long Haul book cover
Canada Myers, Mike Lisa Kelly Canada book cover
The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy Nesteroff, Kliph Craig Lefteroff Comedians book cover
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family Nutt, Amy Ellis Susan Knisely Becoming Nicole book cover
We Are Anonymous Olson, Parmy Michael Sauers We are Anonymous book cover
Cinderella Ate My Daughter Orenstein, Peggy Lynda Clause
The Library Book Orlean, Susan Lynda Clause
Leaving the Pink House: A Memoir Randolph, Ladette Mary Jo Ryan Leaving the Pink House book cover
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 So You've Been Publicly Shamed book cover
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal Rosenthal, Amy Krouse Aimee Owen Textbook Amy KrouseRosenthal book cover
Calypso Sedaris, David Susan Kniseley Calypso book cover
Altamont: the Rolling Stones, the Hell's Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Selvin, Joel Sam Shaw Altamont book cover
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Sestero, Greg, and Tom Bissell Craig Lefteroff Disaster Artist book cover
Inheritance Shapiro, Dani Tessa Terry Inheritance book cover
Bomb: the Race To Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Sheinkin, Steve Susan Knisely Bomb book cover
The Naked Mountaineer Sieberson, Steve Rod Wagner Naked Mountaineer book cover
M Train Smith, Patti Rod Wagner M Train book cover
Wild Strayed, Cheryl Snyder, Sally Wild book cover
The Great Railway Bazaar Theroux, Paul Richard Miller Great Railway Bazaar book cover
Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Vance, J.D. Craig Lefteroff Hillbilly Elegy book cover
SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper Wasdin, Howard, and Stephen Templin Susan Knisely Seal Team Six book cover
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 How Music Got Free book cover
Petty: The Biography Zanes, Warren Sam Shaw

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