From the previous edition:
“America has a love affair with lighthouses. In an age of satellites and computers, lighthouses have been relegated to serving as monuments of bygone times, but tourists still flock to them, wondering what life must have been like for those long-since-departed keepers. In their first collaboration, Shelton-Roberts and her husband, a lighthouse historian and photographer, offer readers a chance to have that solitary experience vicariously in this collection of stories by people who grew up in a “lighthouse family.” The lighthouses covered here are found throughout the United States, but the experiences and hardships faced by their families are similar in many respects. The authors have done an admirable job of gathering together in one volume the stories of these lighthouse “children.” They even offer readers a chance to experience one aspect of their spartan lives: each has contributed a favorite family recipe. This belongs on the shelves of every public library.” —Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg AFB Lib., Cal., “Library Journal
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Lighthouse Families is the winner of the 2006 Foundation for Coast Guard History Book Award in the Lighthouse History category. The judges called it “a refreshing look at lighthouse history, covering a specific aspect of lighthouse life usually reserved for add-on chapters in books on the general topic.” —Foundation for Coast Guard History
What was it like to live and work at a lighthouse during the heyday of shipping and fishing? How did lighthouse keepers and their families stationed on remote islands while away the long, cold, lonely hours between trips to the mainland for food and supplies? Here you’ll find a record of the charming memories and stories of America’s lighthouse keepers, including descriptions of daily life at a lighthouse.
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