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 Elinor DeWire - The Lightkeepers' Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses

Elinor De Wire has been writing about lighthouses and their keepers since 1972. During that time she found that hundreds of lighthouse animals wandered into her research notes and photo collection.

This book is the story of all these cold-nosed, whiskered, wooly, hoofed, horned, slithery, buzzing, feathered, and finned keepers of the lights.

Where else would a dog learn to ring a fogbell; a cat go swimming and catch a fish for its supper; or a parrot cuss the storm winds rattling its cage? Who other than a lightkeeper would swim a cow home, tame a baby seal, adopt an orphan alligator, send messages via carrier pigeons, or imagine mermaids coming to visit?

The Lightkeepers' Menagerie gathers together animal stories from lighthouses all around the world, tales of happiness and sadness, courage and cowardice, tragedy and comedy, even absurdity.

Sometimes, fur, feathers, and fins tell the best tales.

List: $27.95. Amazon.com's price: $21.24. You Save: $6.71 (24%). Hardcover, 416 pages. Published by Pineapple Press.

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Elinor DeWire - Guardians of the Lights : The Men and Women of the U.S. Lighthouse Service

"Pull up a chair, kick off your shoes. I'll tell you some tales about keeping lighthouses." - Elinor DeWire

An entertaining and comprehensive book about the unique lives of lighthouse keepers and their families. Elinor DeWire, a teacher in Connecticut, has been researching and photographing lighthouses for more than 20 years and has lectured extensively. Loaded with historic photos, this book is a charming blend of history and human interest and deserves a prominent place in every lighthouse library.

List: $27.95. Amazon.com's price: $19.57. You Save: $8.38 (30%). Availability: This item usually ships within 2-3 days. Hardcover, 317 pages. Published by Pineapple Press.

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Cheryl Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts - Lighthouse Families

"The authors have done a remarkable job of describing daily life at a lighthouse." - Ken Black, U.S.C.G., Ret., Director of Shore Village Museum.

"This is likely to become an Americana classic." - Ray Jones, co-author of 12 best-selling lighthouse books.

"A fascinating, well-documented, superbly written book that reaches far beyond just a historical account of U.S. lighthouses. The authors have warmly rekindled the bright beacons of these national treasures while preserving the memories of the lighthouse families who so proudly served this nation." - Commander Stephen W. Rochon, U.S. Coast Guard.

This new book from the husband wife team of Cheryl Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts ranks with Elinor DeWire's Guardians of the Lights as one of the best books about the lives of keepers and their families. The stories are told through the words of the people who lived them, making this a vivid and moving portrait of a vanished way of life. Beautifully presented with many photographs --don't miss this one.

List: $29.95. Amazon.com's price: $20.97. You Save: $8.98 (30%). Availability: This item usually ships within 2-3 days. Hardcover, 176 pages. Published by Crane Hill Publications.


Philmore B. Wass - Lighthouse in My Life : Story of a Maine Light Keepers Family

"Phil Wass's story of the lighthouse in his life should be high on the priority list for every lighthouse buff's library... This recollection of a way of life gone by should be required reading for all Coast Guard Academy cadets." - Ken Black, U.S.C.G., Ret., Director of Shore Village Museum.

"Lighthouse in My Life offers us a unique chance to experience part of the Maine coast's lighthouse heritage." - Dale W. Lick, President, University of Maine.

An absolutely charming book -- one of the best first-person accounts of life at a lighthouse. Phil Wass writes with great humor and passion about his unique young life on a Maine island. Highly recommended!

List: $9.95. Amazon.com's price: $7.96. You Save: $1.99 (20%). Availability: On Order; usually ships within 1-2 weeks. Paperback, 272 pages. Published by Down East Books.


Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford - Women Who Kept the Lights : An Illustrated History of Female Lighthouse Keepers

From lighthouse heroines Ida Lewis, Kate Walker, Kate Moore and others all the way through female keepers under the Coast Guard, this book offers an extensive account of an important, and too often forgotten, aspect of lighthouse history. Hundreds of women have served as keepers, and the authors focus on the careers of 28 of them in this volume.

List: $19.95. Amazon.com's price: $19.95. Availability: This item usually ships within 2-3 days. Paperback. Published by Cypress Communications.


Harold B. Jennings - A Lighthouse Family

"I have had the thrill of being brought up in the lighthouse service when the lights were still lit by kerosene and we had to row ashore. I have had the honor of being a lighthouse keeper (a wickie) when I was 18." - Harold Jennings

Harold Jennings' father, Capt. Charles Jennings, was keeper of the old Range Lights on Lovells Island in Boston Harbor from 1919 to 1939. Harold's reminiscinces of growing up at an island lighthouse station are humorous, heartwarming and always entertaining. When his father became ill, Harold quit school and served as keeper at the age of 18. A fun book that's getting hard to find -- order it now!

[I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Jennings, who passed away in 1996. I'm happy that his exuberance and love of lighthouse life will live on in this book -- Jeremy D'Entremont]

List: $15.00. Amazon.com's price: $15.00. Availability: This item usually ships within 4-6 weeks. Please note that items occasionally go out of print or publishers run out of stock. We will notify you within 2-3 weeks if we have trouble obtaining this item. Hardcover. Published by Lower Cape Publishing Co.


Shannon Lowry, Jeff Schultz (Photographer) - Northern Lights : Tales of Alaska's Lighthouses and Their Keepers

This history of these remote lighthouse stations and the men that kept them is filled with period and modern photos.

List: $29.95. Amazon.com's price: $20.97. You Save: $8.98 (30%). Availability: This item usually ships within 2-3 days. Hardcover, 118 pages Published by Stackpole Books, 1992.


L Kozma - Living at a Lighthouse : Oral Histories from the Great Lakes

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Dennis L. Noble - Lighthouses & Keepers : The U.S. Lighthouse Service and Its Legacy

This is a wonderful book rich in detail -- one of the best-researched, well-written books on lighthouses to be published in years. A wealth of photographs, as well. Don't miss the chance to pick up this book at a great price.

List: $34.95 Amazon.com's price: $24.47. You save $10.48 (30%) Availability: This item usually ships within 24 hours. Hardcover, 208 pages. Published by United States Naval Inst., 1997.

 

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