In a world of constant news notifications and transfixing gleaming screens, this artfully and ethically curated box offers an escape. 

Sign up for THE ALIGNIST and receive a specially-selected work of international fiction from a different country every other month, along with our signature “ROADMAP” to guide you through the lived realities explored in the novel. Reading the two together with connect fact to fiction, resulting in an engaged, empathy-based understanding of the world. Delve in deeper through a live Q&A where you can connect with the novel's author and an expert on the issues addressed in fiction. 

A premium subscription adds to that the tastes, textures, sights, and sounds needed to be transported to a different country through carefully curated authentic recipes, artisan goods, and original local artwork. All of the items are ethically sourced so you won't just be understanding a new place, but giving back to it too. 

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 Have a specially-selected work of international fiction delivered to your door, along with a custom-made "roadmap" to connect the story to the real world issues explored through fiction.

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THE WHOLE STORY

A work of fiction, "roadmap," and an array of artisanal goods, authentic recipes, and art objects from the featured country to make you feel like you're in the place you're reading about.

Every box from THE ALIGNIST is a new journey. 

 

Subscribers have been transported from Guerrero, Mexico to Delhi, India to Aleppo, Syria, and beyond.

 

Our current literary journey begins as Portugese ships land on the beaches of Brazil and extends through five hundred years of the country’s history, all told through the lives of women.

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Maria José Silveira begins Her Mother’s Mother’s Mother & her Daughters as the first Portuguese ships arrive on the shores of what we now consider Brazil, and continues through five centuries of history. In telling the story of a single family, readers become privy to the growth of a nation — and the evolution of loss: Some memories face a slow fade into oblivion, others are purposefully stripped from the records, and then there are some that are destroyed in a fit. Each chapter climbs one handhold higher on the branches of a family tree, and offers a close look at the parts that are too often cut off from history: the stories of women. In learning about these mothers and daughters we 
meet many visionaries, healers, and artists, yes, but retrospect bids us see that they are all locked in their own limited understanding of their time and place.

This edition’s custom-made ROADMAP will guide you through the legacy of slavery, the brutalization of native populations, and military dictatorship in Brazil. It will lead nearly to this current moment, in which we see the rise to power of Jair Bolsonaro, a man has said he would rather his sons be dead than gay, called a female colleague too ugly to rape, derided Afro-Brazilians as fat and lazy, expressed nostalgia for the country’s brutal military dictators, and denied the impact of climate change. 

 

Our current box guides subscribers through 500 years of Brazilian history, all told through the lives of women. Our next one will take you to Vietnam to explore the impact of the war on individuals.

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