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May 23, 2013

Story inspires 'Lady Baltimore' recipes

The Daily Star

---- — In 1906, author Owen Wister wrote a book titled “Lady Baltimore.” The main character is modeled after one of the city’s former belles in Charleston, S.C., Alicia Rhett Mayberry. In the novel, she baked a cake and dubbed it “Lady Baltimore.” The descriptions were so mouth-watering, readers went in search of it. Several versions were developed and even Mayberry herself is credited with developing a recipe. In the end, one version prevailed. The “true” Lady Baltimore cake is a white cake with white frosting with a filling of fruit and nuts. All from a story.


“The Simple Joys of Grandparenting” by Abigail Gehring contains classic stories, nursery rhymes, games, activities, and more for you to share with your grandchildren. Illustrations from classic stories along with recipes to make with the kids are included. Your grandchildren will look forward to sharing special moments with you from this book.


Dr. Alanna Levine has written “Raising a Self-Reliant Child.” This book is a parenting plan for newborns to age 6, which gets back to basics avoiding over-indulgence and strict control. She shows you how to use teachable moments to foster independence for many things such as toilet training, sleep time, meal time, and more. Children can also learn how to dress themselves and make breakfast on their own. A very helpful book.


Lyle Barnes has spent 20 years profiling serial killers for the FBI in the novel “Night Terrors” by Dennis Palumbo. He’s now retired, but falling apart mentally due to his terrible night visions. Daniel Rinaldi thinks he can help Lyle. What he doesn’t know is that Lyle is the target of an unknown assassin and needs to be in protective custody. When Lyle takes off, it puts everyone into a desperate manhunt in this heart-pounding thriller.


“A Dual Inheritance” by Joanna Hershon is novel taking place through three generations. Starting in 1962, Ed Cantowitz and Hugh Shipley meet during their senior year at Harvard. Hugh has had a privileged life, Ed hasn’t, but his drive and ambition are superior to Hugh’s. They are friends, but in only a couple of short years their lives take different directions and their friendship ends abruptly. But did it really? They remain connected even if they don’t know it in this compelling story.

 Sportswriter Allen Barra has penned “Mickey and Willie,” the story of baseball greats Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays and their parallel lives. Barra tracks each man and shows how their lives were very similar, each having the same set of talents. Both were trained by their dads to excel in baseball as a means of escaping a tough life of manual labor. Each had garnered fame at the same time and both had private lives that were very different from the roles they had to play in public. Baseball fans will enjoy reading the similarities between these two stars.


“Animals” is a board book for babies and toddlers. A photograph of an animal with the name printed at the bottom of the page, is a simple, yet informative way for young ones to learn. Don’t be surprised if children want to “read” this more than once and name the animals for you.

Top dog Duke runs a work crew at a construction site and each dog has plenty of work in “Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail” by James Horvath. All the equipment helps them get their work done for building a new park. When they unexpectedly find something buried deep in the ground, they have to work extra hard to get it out. Wait till you see what they uncover in this fun rhyming story.


Huntington Memorial Library will be closed on Monday to observe Memorial Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at