The setting is the New York City Police Department typing pool in 1923. Rose is a typist in the department and her specialty is confessions. She can change someone’s life forever by what she types, but after work, she is still viewed as a woman with little worth. It’s a new era for women in “The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell. The Victorian standards are out and women are cutting their hair short, smoking and going to speakeasies, which makes Rose uncomfortable. When Odalie joins the typing pool, she shows Rose what fun they can have after a day of work. But Rose isn’t prepared for the high stakes that come with this new night life and she may never recover from how it changes her life.
The popularity of canning is steadily growing and you’ll want to be up to date with some great new recipes. Take a look at Ball’s “Complete Books of Home Preserving,” which contains 400 recipes for fruits and vegetables. If you are new to canning, you’ll learn about the needed equipment, preparation, processing time and a host of other things. The recipes offered use many common ingredients, that when cooked, result in many tasty foods that you will enjoy all throughout the year.
Osteoporosis is a common affliction among women, but it doesn’t have to be according to Lara Pizzorno, author of “Your Bones.” Learn how to have strong, healthy bones and prevent the disease naturally by relying on diet, supplements, and exercise. She also discusses the dangers of prescriptions drugs, citing recent studies and adverse effects of using them.
Walter Cronkite was an and internationally known reporter who served as a war correspondent during World War II. He wrote letters home to his wife several times a week and they are now published in “Cronkite’s War.” These letters often had passages detailing incidents that weren’t included in his working reports. They also detailed his love for Betsy in this touching book.
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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 www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.