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The Book of Delights

Ross Gays The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essayssome as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pagesthat record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including living in America as a black man; the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture; the loss of those he loves. Among Gays funny, poetic, philosophical delights: the way Botan Rice Candy wrappers melt in your mouth, the volunteer crossing guard with a pronounced tremor whom he imagines as a kind of boat-woman escorting pedestrians across the River Styx, a friends unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, the silent nod of acknowledgment between black people. And more than any other subject, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural worldhis garden, the flowers in the sidewalk, the birds, the bees, the ...

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ISBN : 9781616207922
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages
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The Book of Delights Reviews

  • Ken

    These essays are briefer than Fruit of the Loom, most three pages or less in an already-miniature-sized book. If you're looking to compare Ross Gay to stellar essayists like David Shields, John D'Agata, Marilynne Robinson, and Sarah Vowell, you'll find him wanting.

    It's more fun and loose, an experiment he did wherein he'd try to find joy in something every day for a year (only he didn't write every day, so it's not a year, I fear). All of these "essayettes" were written by hand, too. Le Pens, t
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  • Ardina

    This book lifted my spirits each time I read from it

  • Austin Araujo

    A million little and big hearts fluttering

  • Geoff

    Delightful in its joy, nuance, bracing self-disclosure, and thought-provokingness.

  • Tina Stucky

    It was okay. I expected more "delights", but that was not the case. The concept of writing each day for an entire year is great, and I understand that there are days that writer's block gets in the way of progress, but most of the stories lacked any appeal to me.

  • Karin Schott

    This becomes the problem with a little book like this, you want to gobble it down. Sorta like potato chips. You promise yourself you'll only eat a handful. Enjoy their flavor, perhaps think on the salt on your tongue and before you know it, you've eaten the whole bag!

    I loved this little book. Each eassayette a meditation on delight in all the ways it enters our days if we only take the time to observe how it weaves into our days, our minds, and our senses. I finished reading this book with sever
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  • Jennifer Louden

    I am in love this Mr. Gay.

  • Colin

    Why I read