*******BlRDlE'S LIGHTHOUSE: Written bv Debrah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken: This is an Anne Schwartz Book, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 9. Written in diary form and based upon the experiences of several true-life heroines of the1800's, Birdie takes to watching her father, the light keeper closely as he tends the lights. But in the midst of a violent storm Papa falls ill. Now Birdie is the only one who can possibly keep the lights burning and lead the ships safely to port. The roar of the sea and fierce storms of the Maine coastline are brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Kimberly Bulcken Root's exquisite pen-and-ink and water-color illustrations. Scheduled publication date is May 1997. The author gave special thanks to Robert Davis of the Shore Village Museum and to Wayne Wheeler of the U. S. Lighthouse Society. Cost $15.00 plus $1.50 p & h.
*******ALONE IN THE NIGHT: BY R.A. Floren and Gutsche & H. Sanger: An outstanding new work that covers the Lighthouses that operated on the lonely Canadian Islands of Georgian Bay, Manitoulin Island, and the North Channel. Dusty layers of history are peeled back to reveal the heroic and the scandalous, the gritty and routine aspects of Canada's maritime heritage. More than 50 lighthouses are featured as the author traces the fascinating evolution of lighthouse keeping. The book is accompanied by a 72 minute documentary video that includes archival photographs, modern photographs of the lights, underwater photography and much more. Soft cover. 292 pages. Cost for the book is $19.95 plus $2.00 p & h. Supporting tape $24.95 Both $39.95.
*******AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSES. A PICTORIAL HISTORY: BY Jill Caravan: A new hard cover book 90 full color photographs of various l ghthouse of the United States and Canada. All the photos are excellent. There is a spectacular two page photo East Quoddy Head Light, also known as Head Harbor Light, off Campobello. It is perhaps the best photo I have seen of that light. The text rambles along nicely with brief details of the technology allowing automation of lighthouses. There are a couple of glaring errors that do not particularly detract from the work. A photo of an unidentified light is called Owls Head showing a green light which is incorrect. There is a confusing caption about NANTUCKET L/V with a photo of the ULV 613. There is a chonology of historic lighthouses with brief comments on each. Hard cover, 9 X 13". Cost $15.95 plus $1.75 p & h.
*******NANTUCKET LIGHTS: An Illustrated History of the Island's Legendary Beacons: by Karen T. Butler: A colorful, detailed history of the lighthouses and lightships of Nantucket Island. It's full of fascinating anecdotes and dazzling images. It is also a very human story that describes the quiet heroism which the lightship crews and lighthouse keepers attended to their duties. The origins and development of the lights and lives of their keepers are carefully researched and recorded here in government documents, paintings, letters, poetry, and personal recollections. Cloth Cover of 192 pages, 9" x 11", 100 B&W photos, 30 color plates. Cost $44.95 plus $2.00 p & h.
*******NANTUCKET'S FORGOTTEN ISLAND - MUSKEGET: By Edward Wayman Coffin: A newly published work by the author who has great knowledge of the Nantucket area. Muskeget lies eight miles east of Chappaquiddick, Martha's Vineyard. (Wonder why the author used that reference point?) The work has a great deal of local knowLedge. This will be welcome addition to those that are interested in the old Life Saving Service. There was an active Life Saving Station on Muskeget. Their rescues and activities are well documented. Soft cover 114 pages. All of the many photos are black and white. Credits are given for all photos. Cost $20.00 plus $1.75 p & h. Special note - This book was privately published in a very limited quantity (only 490 copies) so order early.
**********LIGHTING THE BAY - TALES OF CHESAPEAKE LIGHTHOUSES: BY Pat Voitech: Astounding new book with beautiful color photographs and amazing true stories of the lighthouse keepers. Is a must for anyone interested in Chesapeake Bay Maritime History. Cost $34.95 plus $2.00 p & h.
**********LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES: BY Cheryl Shelton-Roberts and Bruce Roberts: Living in a Lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5,000 keepers and employees of the U. S. Lighthouse Service. They were quiet people who formed the spine of America's prolific shipping history. They withstood enemy attack, hurricanes, dishonest bureaucrats and abandonment. They saved thousands of lives. This is Cheryl's first collaboration with Bruce. Hardbound of 176 pages, 6"x 10 3/4", vintage B&W and new four-color photographs. Cost $24.95 plus & $1.75 p & h. Publication date: June 1997.
*********LIGHTHOUSES OF IRELAND: By Kevin M. McCarthy and paintings bv William Trotter: The eighty lighthouse under the authority of the Commissioner of Irish Lights are addressed in this new book. Thirty of the more interesting lights are featured with more detailed histories and full color paintings. Hard cover with 160 pages, Cost $21.95 plus $1.75 p & h.
*********PLUM ISLAND RECOLLECTIONS: BY Vincent L. Wood: The author recounts the deeds and experiences of Captain Thomas J. Maddock and crew, including 80 vintage photographs, of everyday 1990's life and training at Merrimack River U.S. Life-Saving Station Plum Island, Massachusetts. Cost $16.95 plus $1.50 p & h.
*********NUBBLE LIGHT VIDEO: A new release. In this new dramatic video by Nubble Historian William O. Thompson, you will Learn the full story of Maine's famous Cape Neddick Light Station, one of the most visited, recognized, and photographed lighthouses in the world. VHS-27 minutes long. Cost $14.95 plus $1.75 p & h.
*********CHERYL COLLIN HAS A COLLECTIBLE OF NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP: Cheryl is adding a new dimension to her already popular Lighthouses... The Lightship Brigade. First in a series will be the Lightship Nantucket, historically researched, and artfully sculpted in the finest detail. At this writing the NANTUCKET collectibles are aboard a ship crossing the Pacific for delivery to Cheryl. Cheryl does nice little things with all her work. She includes some Mother Carey's Chickens, her cat and dog, a fishing pole with some freshly caught fish, and some other things to find. Somewhere in the seas around the ship are the initials KB which she added because of my help with the historical data from the Museum. Cost $120 plus $3.00 p & h
*********POST CARDS OF IRISH LIGHTHOUSES: John Eagle Publishers Photography, Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork, IreLand, Telephone 011-353 027-7425 is offering a set of fifty post cards of lighthouses of Ireland. Many of the lighthouses are in truly dramatic settings. The cards are all approx. 4 x 6", all in color, and includes one Lightship. Air Mail cost of the set is $35.00 U.S. or 19 pounds St. Please mention the Shore Village Museum if you order. What a nice birthday gift this would be. Although it is a long way off this set would make a nice Christmas present to the post card collector.