Lighthouse Reads: November Edition

Editor's Note: We'll periodically bring Lookout readers a round-up of books recommended by Lighthouse staff.

Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater made me believe in the agreements between souls, and the book's images keep me up at night (in the best of ways) even weeks after reading it.—Kim O'Connor, Young Writers Program Co-Director


I loved Long Live the Post Horn! by Vigdis Hjorth, translated from Norwegian by Charlotte Barslund. Hjorth’s strange novel (it’s mostly inner dialogue) tracks a PR consultant’s existential crisis as a parallel to the Norwegian postal service’s own crisis in a heartfelt, funny, and timely examination of human connection.—Torin Jensen, Program and Content Coordinator

Insider baseball maybe, but Steven Dunn’s Water & Power just blew my mind. Dunn pulls in all sorts of genres: interviews, comics, handbooks, collage, short stories, to really impressive ends. So much of the book is so close and so true, that I ended up googling the Taxidermy Museum of Military Heros to see if it was a real thing.—Genna Kohlhardt, Assistant Director of Adult Programs

I just finished Winter Counts by David Haska Wanbli Weiden, and I absolutely loved it. You know when they say you literally couldn’t put the book down? Well, I had that experience with this book—incredible storytelling, lots of dramatic tension, but what I also loved was how the story is interwoven with Native American history, and how all the characters have such heart. I found myself cheering for Virgil and his nephew, and I was deeply moved by their dedication to one another.—Mike Henry, Executive Director

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell had me constantly giggling at her witty remarks and frazzled reactions as she learned why Scandinavians are the happiest people in the world. This book made me nostalgic for my short stint of time living in Denmark, and I was reminded of how much I admire the balance of strength and serenity in the Viking lifestyle.—Natalie Gonzalez, Administrative Associate