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Guiding Light: The Complete Family Album Paperback – January 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: General Pub. Co. (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756754321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756754327
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,789,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have the hardback version of this book. This magnificent book came along in 1997 when "Guiding Light" was celebrating it's then 60th Anniversary. This month marks the show's 67th Anniversary {it having began on radio in January 1937 as a 15 minute sermon from various reverends from the Little Church in Five Points}. The radio show expanded to traditional serial melodrama by 1948 with the introduction of the German immigrant Bauer clan, a family that's STILL a part of the show to this very day, plus a host of other families. The book talks in-depth about each and every storyline that had a major impact or is at least memorable to fans. Admittedly, the first generation of fans who recall when the show was on radio are either no longer with us or are in their 80s or 90s by now. And so, this book, as i see it, was also designed to highlight the radio years for the contemporary fans of today who might have started watching in the mid '80s or the early '90s and afterward.

The show moved to TV in June 1952 (continuing on radio until 1956). By now the Bauer's were the focal point and the storylines were written to revolve around the Bauer's and the conflicts they had with each other and the community. Bert was a social climber at first but she out-grew it by the early '60s after she had a pap smear, one of the first storylines in a soap opera to deal with such topics; Bill was a womanizer and an alchoholic; Papa Frederich was the German immigrant patriarch; and as the decade grew, Bill and Bert's son Ed became a doctor and an alcoholic while brother Mike became a womanizing lawyer. The book really gets "juicy" when the '70s section rolls around.
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Format: Hardcover
What an awesome way to celebrate the longest running show in broadcast history. Sixty years is really a long time, and this is the perfect way to enjoy all those special moments with the Bauers, Marlers, Chamberlains, Spauldings, Lewis, Reardons, Thorpes. Look through the romances of Reva and the schemes of Roger. Look through the most spectacular love Stories ever told on daytime TV. This is perfect for any die-hard Guiding Light fan.
I personally enjoyed this book, because I have only been a fan of the TV series for about 5 years now and since reading this book, I feel like I was actually there when the show started on the radio.
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Format: Hardcover
Hopefully, there will be future update editions of this wonderful missive on the history of daytime's oldest soap. Not just for fans, either!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I hadn't realized this was even available until I happened across It one day while I was searching through Amazon looking for something else. I accidentally paid more for it that I'd planned to but once it got here, I had little regret. It follows the families of Springfield throughout the life of the show, reminding me of plot lines and characters I'd forgotten. I smiled when Mary Stuart, who was one of the early soap stars from "Search for Tomorrow" played Mayta Bauer - I'd forgotten that. There they were - Papa, Bill, Bert, Mike and Ed - the founding family. Then along came Roger Thorpe - Fletcher Reade, the Spauldings - Beth, Phillip, I could go on and on, but then alone came Riva Shayne Lewis - I was watching the first day she stepped into the limelight - and you knew she was there to stay - even when she left the show for greener pastures! You knew she'd be back! The Lewises, Chamberlains, Spauldings. They're all here - and it will probably take me 60 years to go through all this I'd love to have these characters back in my life - they were my family while I grew up - same with my daughter and a host of college students as well. What replaced them? Yet another game show. No talent, no character.
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Format: Hardcover
I found it to be a fantastic history of GL. I learned so much from this book. I have watched GL since I was 4 years old and I truly enjoyed this book because it cronicles the whole show from the beginning. The phote graphs and the family histories of the cast are wonderful. I give you a wonderful perspective of the whole show, not justwhat the viewers see (backstage, casting ,writers, etc...). It is a must read book for anyone who is a TRUE GL fan !!!!
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book! Lots of information about GL. I enjoyed reading what happened in the episodes before I was an avid watcher.
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By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been a huge fan of GL for a few yrs now..the only thing that sux about this book is that all the great gl stars have left.. wendy moniz as dinah marler and cynthia watros as annie dutton will greatly be missed..
it is a great show...but the WRITING DESPERATELY NEEDS to improve...but the memories from 1990-1997 were truly spectacular...finally we see THE LIGHT!
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By A Customer on January 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Your search for a complete history of the greatest show in soap opera history is finally over. If this book can't answer your Guiding Light questions, you might as well quit watching.
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