Three Great Books for Spring

A great crop of books has hit the shelves, Sweeties, giving us an excitingly varied list for spring reading with one thing in common: girl power.

It's no secret that we love a good book, Sweeties. This spring our shelves are groaning with everything from classic cookbooks to behind-the-scenes tours of Gilded Age mansions. But what has us really excited are three books that emphasize girl power -whether it's the might of the pen (all three are fab women writers) or the women who take the lead in the stories.

Margaret the First: A Novel by Danielle Dutton. This historical fiction relates the story of Margaret Cavendish, the seventeenth century duchess who was the first woman to have her poetry, philosophy, plays and science fiction published. Considered a madwoman by her contemporaries, she was a trailblazer in many senses, not least because her husband supported her endeavors. Dutton’s retelling of her story is a quick, highly entertaining read with surprising resonance.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout. One of the most reliable authors working today, Strout creates characters and situations that are completely relatable with spare prose that packs a wallop. In Anything is Possible, the residents of a small town are all dealing with life choices and the personal struggles that ensue– including the return of one Lucy Barton (of Strout’s previous bestseller My Name is Lucy Barton) to her estranged family.

The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katherine Green. Although few know of her now, American poet and novelist Green is considered the mother of the detective story. The Leavenworth Case (1878) was her first novel and remains her best-known work. Predating Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, Green’s novel is a drawing room-style murder mystery set in tony New York City and told with wit, wry observations and legal accuracy. A true find for lovers of mysteries, Victorian novels and milestones in women’s history.