Author Therese Oneill will invite readers to set themselves free from the agonizing pressures of 21st-Century parenting on Monday, April 29, when she visits Newport to talk about her new book, “Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children.”
Two years ago, Oneill burst onto the scene with the New York Times bestselling “Unmentionable,” a hilarious and scandalously honest guide to life as a Victorian lady.
In her latest work, Oneill invites readers to take a take a trip back in time to learn about the backwards, pseudoscientific and downright bizarre child-rearing fashions of the 19th Century.
Sourced from actual advice books of the era, “Ungovernable” offers guidance on topics such as: how to be sure you’re not too ugly, sickly or stupid to breed; how much beer, wine, cyanide and heroin to consume while pregnant; how to choose the best birching cane; and much more.
Endlessly surprising, wickedly funny and filled with juicy historical tidbits and images, “Ungovernable” provides much-needed perspective on — and comic relief from — the age-old struggle to bring up baby.
Oneill’s talk, which is free and open to all, will start at 6:30 pm at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.
For more information, go to www.newportlibrary.org or call 541-265-2153.