There’s so much great stuff coming to the library in February, I thought I would just share my hold list, the things that I’m planning to read as soon as I can get my hands on them.

Feel Free, by Zadie Smith
I want Zadie Smith for my BFF! In sharp, funny, conversational essays, Smith takes on Joni Mitchell, Key and Peele, Philip Roth, Facebook, and many other aspects of art, culture and life. Her perspective as a bi-racial, working-class, educated British woman is integral to her brilliant writing.

The Gatekeeper, by Charles Todd
I love books about WWI and the period between the wars! This is the latest in an intriguing mystery series, set just after WWI, about Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, who is a shell-shocked veteran. He hears the voice of a dead colleague in his head as he goes about the business of solving crimes.

The Making of a Dream, by Laura Wides-Munoz
This couldn’t be more timely. Journalist Wides-Munoz tells the story of how a group of young undocumented immigrants changed the definition of “American,” giving a human face and historical context to the DACA controversy.

White Houses, by Amy Bloom
I already know this book is spellbinding, because I’m more than halfway through this new novel about the real-life relationship between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and self-made, working-class reporter Lorena Hickok. Amy Bloom writes brilliantly in Hickok’s voice, recreating her South Dakota childhood and the Roosevelt White House and much in between.

Winter, by Ali Smith
One of my favorite novelists is working on a seasonal quartet — first “Autumn,” now “Winter” –but each books stands alone. Smith references both Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” moving among winters past, present, and future with four main characters. Expect this to be surrealistic and spellbinding.

The Woman in the Water, by Charles Finch
My favorite Victorian detective, aristocratic Charles Lenox, can’t catch a break with Scotland Yard or the public until this sensational serial killer case falls in his lap. As the prequel to a delightful series, this is a good place to start.