Helen-Chantal Pike

Selected Works

American Studies
“The new edition contains rare photographs and an insightful foreword by the author’s daughter.”
-Dr. Barbara Tomlinson, Princeton, N.J.
This is basic history, geography, psychology, economics, and folklore all rolled into one top-quality volume.
-The New York Times
“a Jerseyana journalist”
-The New York Times
"The collapse of American towns and cities is now so complete that our collective memory of why they existed and how they came to be is nearly lost. Helen-Chantal Pike's history of Asbury Park is a worthy, lively, and well-researched effort to correct this cultural amnesia."
- James Howard Kunstler, author of "Geography of Nowhere".
"Although its rock-and-roll legacy is well known around the world, other music forms - gospel and blues, jazz and even classical - have an Asbury Park address that contribute to the American music treasury." - Bob Santelli, author of Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Local History
Four volumes of illustrated history about New Jersey's North Shore communities.
Tracks the evolution of leading industries across a 300-year span.
Historical Fiction
"In the swish of a flapper dress, the smell of the potato mash or the shape of looks-just-like-it liquor bottle, the period details are superb."
- Pamela Waterman, Mesa, AZ
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My written contributions,
plus photos
from the Pike Archives can be found in the works of others:

Bruce Springsteen:
Welcome to Asbury Park

Una guida ai luoghi e alle strade del Boss con immagini e testimonianze inedite
by Stefano Pecoraio
(Aliberti Editore/March 2010)

Roundtrip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground
by Tim Matson
(Chelsea Green Publishing/2000)

Murders in Monmouth: Capital Crimes from the Jersey Shore's Past
by George Joynson
(The History Press, November/2007)

New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic
by Margaret Thomas Buchholz
(Down the Shore/2004)

Boardwalk Memories
by Emil Salvini
(Globe Pequot/ 2005)

Encyclopedia of New Jersey
(Rutgers University Press/2004)

Writers on the Water's Edge (Tri-Muse, Ocean Grove/​ 2002): "Who's the Boss? Asbury Park" and "By the Beautiful Sea".

Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame (GreatestEscapes.com Publishing, Vancouver/​2001): "Stephen Crane: On the Boardwalk in New Jersey".

Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers' Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955
by Margaret Thomas Buchholz
(Down the Shore Publishing/1999)


Your essays brought us all back to a simpler time...Your love of your subject was obvious and you communicated it very well to your audience! It was a pleasure to have you with us."

Carol Anderson
Program Coordinator
Teaneck (NJ) Public Library

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Spiked Boots:
Sketches of the North Country

First self-published in softcover in 1959, Spiked Boots has experienced four different editions, including the current one by The Countryman Press. It served as the basis for Bob Pike's best known and longest running book on the glory days of the New England logging industry, Tall Trees, Tough Men. The 1999 edition includes a foreword written by his daughter, Helen-Chantal Pike.

Tall Trees, Tough Men
In this robust, informal book published by W.W. Norton in 1967, Robert E. Pike relates the genesis, apogee, and extinction of a unique breed of men - the New England loggers and river drivers. Working with their axes and peaveys through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, they contributed mightily and colorfully to the development of the United States.

Greetings From New Jersey:
A Postcard Tour of the Garden State

Millions the world over have vacationed in New Jersey, earning the bragging rights to say they know who put the first light bulbs in Lady Liberty’s torch…what woman cultivated the first edible blueberries....where NBC-TV got its start...why a dentist invented grape juice...and which communities were stops on the Underground Railroad. Now you can, too!

Winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance 2002 Author’s Award

Asbury Park’s Glory Days:
The Story of an American Resort

Before Bruce Springsteen picked up a guitar; before Danny DeVito drove a taxi; before Jack Nicholson flew over the cuckoo’s nest, Asbury Park, New Jersey was a seashore Shangri-La filled with shimmering odes to civic greatness, world-renowned baby parades, temples of retail and atmospheric palaces…or was it?

Winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance 2005 Author's Award

1st paperback edition: April 2007

Asbury Park: Where Music Lives
Mecca of musicians and city with a rock and roll heart, Asbury Park is the launch venue of a new book which spotlights the core music traditions that have shaped this residential resort for three centuries. Asbury Park: Where Music Lives is a series of illustrated essays from noted Shore performers about the musical genres they know best: gospel, blues, ragtime, jazz, opera, musical theater, classical, folk, old-school rock, and the unique “sound of Asbury Park” known as S.O.A.P. Also included are two essays about the newest music traditions that reflect a growing Latin and Caribbean culture in the city. “Their lyrics and rhythms are part of our collective soul,” writes award-winning author Helen-Chantal Pike who edited the anthology and contributed an essay on classical music. “In Asbury Park are the sounds of America.”

Images of America
Four titles that reunite people with their hometowns:
Eatontown Township and Fort Monmouth, 1995;
West Long Branch: The Town, 1996;
Asbury Park: Founding History, 1997;
West Long Branch Revisited: The Country Estates, 2007.

Crossroads of Commerce
Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazano got it right in 1524 – what would become New Jersey represented unlimited opportunity. Yet he could not have foreseen the explosive diversity and wealth that would unfold in the Garden State in the centuries to come. Inspired equally by worldwide investment and home-grown ingenuity, successive waves of discovery broke new ground in medicine, agriculture, communications, higher-education research, and even the arts and entertainment.

Author Helen Chantal Pike takes readers on a fascinating trek through nearly 500 years of unparalleled innovation that continues to tap the state’s enormous range of natural and intellectual abundance.

The ubiquitous light bulb, organic cures for life-threatening diseases, far-reaching satellite technology, and the lead role in the country’s burgeoning green movement: the Garden State’s record of high achievement is beyond compare in its scope and breadth. Solutions to the humankind’s most urgent challenges are generated here by the world’s foremost thinkers who are attracted not only by the prospect of working with their peers, but also by the resources offered them.

The state’s two port cities put New Jersey in the vanguard of inter-model transportation logistics. Point of fact: As the nation’s most strategic crossroads location, New Jersey offers unrivaled access to influential foreign and domestic economies as well as to leading financial and consumer markets. Its commitment to surface and air transportation is unequivocal.

Blessed with a temperate climate, defined by two rivers, buffered by two bays and the Appalachian Trail, and fronting an extensive ocean coastline, the Garden State offers a superb environment in which to work and live. Executives from multi-national corporations find the lifestyle rewarding, the educational systems outstanding, the cultural offerings at once cosmopolitan and original, and access to health care superlative.

Available for bulk purchase from Cherbo Publishing: 1-818-783-0040 ext. 27 OR for single purchase from Amazon.com.

Spirited Ladies of Liberty Street
Doors of unexpected opportunity swing open just as women get the right to vote and the ax of Prohibition falls. From a beginning in Cork, Ireland, to the burgeoning social class of New Jersey's Oranges, to a rum-running conclusion in Atlantic City, Kitty Dodd sets in motion events that will affect the family's fortune for generations to come.

Greetings From New Jersey:
A Workbook for Young Adventurers

Multiple-intellgence math problems, reading of history, journal writing, drawing for the fronts of postcards (plus inscribing a quick note on the back!), a county-by-county puzzle, plus projects that help children build skills they need while boosting what they know about their home state.

Paired with A Postcard Tour of the Garden State, both books are ideal gifts for newcomers to New Jersey or for those nostalgic about the way it used to be.