There’s so much great stuff coming to the library in March, 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.

Renoir’s Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon, by Catherine Hewitt
Go back to the bars and artists’ salons of Montmartre in the late 19th century, when a working-class woman – model and lover of Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec and mother to the painter Maurice Utrillo – carved out her own place as an artist, without regard to tradition or gender.

The Punishment She Deserves, by Elizabeth George
Our favorite duo, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, take on a case in the bucolic town of Ludlow where the local deacon is found dead in police custody. Meet up with old friends and new favorites in one of the most addictive mystery series of all time.

The Feminist Revolution, by Bonnie J. Morris and D-M Withers; Foreword by Roxane Gay
Beginning with the founding of NOW in 1966, this book traces a path through political campaigns, protests, women’s publishing houses, underground magazines, and other events that shaped women’s history. For those who lived it-and especially for those who don’t remember it.

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, by Ursula K. Le Guin
“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

To Die But Once, by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs is “one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction,” according to the Richmond Times Dispatch, and readers agree. In this WWII British mystery, author Winspear blends historical detail, suspense, and a thoughtful exploration of Maisie’s inner life. If you don’t already know Maisie, don’t wait – start here!

The Sparsholt Affair, by Alan Hollinghurst
This brilliant new novel follows a group of gay friends from wartime Oxford to modern London, centered around a young Adonis named David Sparsholt. Full of “the passion and folly of the human comedy (The Guardian, U.K.),” this may be Hollinghurst’s greatest novel yet, and certainly the hardest to put down.