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Book Review: Dory of the Lighthouse

By Timothy Harrison


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The Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse in Old ...

Over the years we have received many manuscripts at Lighthouse Digest that have been submitted to us by people from all walks of life. However, the ones that are submitted by people who grew up at a lighthouse or whose ancestors lived at a lighthouse are always the first ones we read and most of them have been published as short stories in the pages of Lighthouse Digest.

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However, only a few of the manuscripts that we have ever received have been considered for books. One of those is titled, Keeper of the Light, written by Gordon Corbett, which we hope to have published by early spring, and the other is Dory of the Lighthouse by Doris M. McLintock-Hubbard, which we have just published.

Almost from the minute I started to read Dory of the Lighthouse, I knew we had to publish the story as a book. First, and most importantly, because of its historical significance, and secondly because I loved, what I will call, the “home-spun” way in which the author had told her heart-warming story about growing up at three very distinctively different types of lighthouses. As I read her recollections, my imagination was immediately captivated and drawn back in time to an amazing way of life that can never again be repeated in the annals of history.

At only 72 pages, Dory of the Lighthouse may not be the largest lighthouse book written, but through its pages, I honestly believe you too will also be drawn back in time while possibly imagining yourself being there, with Doris, as she recalls her wonderful and amazing childhood memories of life at Esopus Meadows Lighthouse in New York’s Hudson River, Connecticut’s Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse, and Eatons Neck Lighthouse at the entrance to Long Island Sound’s Huntington Bay.

As well as being loaded with captivating memories, the book includes historic images, recipes from the lighthouse kitchens, and even home remedies from the lighthouse medicine chest. Not often can one small book capture and save so much family lighthouse history for future generations. You will love Dory of the Lighthouse, I promise.

Dory of the Lighthouse is available for $10.95 plus shipping from FogHorn Publishing, P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630 or on-line at www.FogHornPublishing.com or by calling 207-259-2121.

This story appeared in the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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