Find out what brilliant books we been posted out to our subscribers in the month of September, and why we love them! We have three book subscriptions to choose from at Lighthouse – read on to find out more...
Beacon - current issues close to our hearts
The Racial Code by Nicola Rollock
Selected by Christina & Peach
Professor Rollock brings to us an in-depth analysis of the workings of everyday racism. She explains through anecdote, academic inquisition and personal experience how the manifestations of racism most often felt are in microaggressions, loaded silence, being sidelined and ignored, and also, quietly targeted...and makes it clear to those of us who are not the targets of racism, but who enforce it in covert ways, that we all are taught a Racial Code.
Professor Rollock compels us to reconsider how it is we fight for racial justice, and shows us where we can take steps in even the most basic routines of our daily lives.
In addition to a copy of the book, all our Beacon subscribers also received a curated reading list and exclusive access to an exclusive video of Professor Rollock introducing The Racial Code!
Hope is the Thing - radical, hopeful poetry
Shapeshifting for Beginners by Emma Simon
Selected by Peach
These poems meditate on the mystery and myth in humanity, the stories we tell each other and ourselves; which in the carousel of selves is fictional and if that makes it any less true, anyway. These poems taste like sherbety chewy sweets and smell like newly damp old paint. They’re nostalgic but they’re forward looking too, exhibiting the human capacity for tragedy and hope. These poems are places to dwell in, just as much as the spaces they discuss.
In addition to a copy of the book, all our Beacon subscribers also received a curated reading list and exclusive access to an exclusive video of Emma Simon reading from Shapeshifting for Beginners.
SMOL (Smol Mighty Original Loud) - inspiring indie presses
Motion Sickness by Lynne Tillman
Selected by Jules
Told in vignettes of an unnamed American narrator’s various travels across Europe, our protagonist encounters various fellow travelers and crafts different identities to suit these transient relationships. There’s not a large amount of plot here, but plenty of vibes, and (potentially) more reinventions of self than Taylor Swift...A rich, often funny story about the freedoms and limitations of travel, with some beautifully rendered observations about food, art and culture.
In addition to a copy of the book, all our Beacon subscribers also received a curated reading list and exclusive access to an exclusive Q&A with one of the co-founders of Peninsula Press about Motion Sickness and what it's like running an indie publisher.
Intrigued by our book subscription offerings? Beacon, Hope is the Thing and SMOL are all available either on a monthly rolling basis or can be purchased as a gift. Find out all about our subscriptions and how they work here.