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February 21, 2013

Examining women's Roles in Regency England

By Marie Bruni
The Daily Star

---- — The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library will be holding a program on Monday, March 4, with guest speaker Rachel Stevenson. The title of her talk is “Women’s Roles in Regency England: Why Lizzie Bennet Couldn’t Act Like You” and will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the third-floor meeting room at the library.

The novels of Jane Austen have always been popular and now feature sequels, updates and revisions by many authors. Find out what it was really like to be a woman in Regency England. This program is free and open to the public.

Newly Arrived

“Manifest Injustice” by Barry Siegel is the true story of a convicted murderer. Bill Macumber was arrested and convicted of two murders he did not commit. His case attracted the Arizona Justice Project who represent victims wrongly accused of crimes. Lawyers fought for his freedom and showed the evidence against him was questionable at best. A riveting story that really proves “truth is stranger than fiction.”

If you are tired of winter, imagine living in Antarctica where it’s always winter, a winter we can’t even imagine. Gabrielle Walker has traveled all over the continent and is a scientist who studies life there. “Antarctica” talks about the vast ice land and how it draws so many different people to conduct research. She discusses experiments, drilling in the ice core, driving a snow dozer, and how the continent is telling us about global warming.

Learn how to use your Kindle Fire by reading Nancy Muir’s “Kindle Fire HD for Dummies.” you’ll learn how to set up your device, connect it to Wi-Fi and browse the Web, along with navigating the touchscreen. There are also instructions for listening to music, watching movies, downloading apps and more. Step-by-step instructions with photographs make it easy to understand.

Many people are bothered by restless leg syndrome. Learn more about this in Robert Yoakum’s “Restless Leg Syndrome.” The author describes possible causes and treatment options, gives suggestions for sleep management, getting help from others and even how to start a support group. 

“Betty Goes Vegan” by Annie and Dan Shannon contains 500 recipes for comfort food, vegan style. Using a Betty Crocker cookbook as their inspiration, they set out to prove that any recipe can be rewritten to vegan style and this book is the result. All meals of the day are covered along with desserts and holiday offerings, which can be very helpful if you have guests with special requirements.

Children’s Books

We’ve received many new books from a grant provided by the Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Foundation. Check these out:

Board books for the young include “Baby 1, 2, 3” and “Baby A, B, C” both by Deborah Donenfeld. Both contain black-and-white photos of babies with color objects.

“Diary of a Spider” by Doreen Cronin is a humorous look at the life of a spider and all that he learns. He learns how to spin a web, catch the wind to fly, scale a wall and more. His best friend is Fly, and together what fun they have.

“Amy and the Missing Puppy” is a volume in a new series called “The Critter Club.” Author Callie Barkley tells the story of Amy, who is stuck at home during spring break. When her puppy Rufus goes missing, she is caught up in a mystery. Children ages 5 to 7 will enjoy this book.

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