by Cheryl Shelton-Roberts
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Crane Hill Publishers (April 1, 2006)
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
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 Library, CA. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. — Library Journal
About the Author
Cheryl Shelton-Roberts is the author of Hatteras Keepers and North Carolina Lighthouses. She is the founder and president of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and the editor of Lighthouse News. Bruce Roberts is the coauthor of Lighthouse Ghosts. He is a former director of photography and senior photographer at Southern Living magazine. They live in Morehead City, North Carolina.