The Book of Delights

The Book of Delights

Ross Gay?s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays?some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages?that 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 liv Ross Gay?s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays?some as short as a paragraph; some as long as...

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Title:The Book of Delights
Author:Ross Gay
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ISBN:1616207922
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Book of Delights Reviews

  • Rachel
    Apr 19, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 21, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

  • Booktart
    Mar 22, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

  • Jeffrey Bumiller
    Mar 31, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

  • Jaime
    Oct 12, 2018

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

  • Laura
    Feb 19, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

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

    Who doesn't want to read a collection of essays title The Book of Delights?! I parceled out these wonderful observations so that they would last. Reading one or two over my morning coffee were the perfect way to go into my day. Some of my favorites: Writing By Hand, Infinity and My Gar...

    When Henry James admonished writers to be ?one of the people on whom nothing is lost,? he could well have been describing poet Ross Gay. Author of three books of poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle prize-winning collection CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, he now has a...

    An excellent reminder about how the small things in life are the things that bring the most delight. ...

    "The Book of Delights" is a joy. I received it as a gift, and intend to share the love in return, whenever an occasion presents itself, for as Gay suggests in a different context, "our delight grows as we share it," particularly with "fellow compatriots of glee." An antidote to these t...

    This was, yes, you guessed it, a delight. What I loved most about it was how loose it felt, how familiar. These little essays are not necessarily elegant, which is not a criticism, as I'm not sure that elegant was Gay's aim. It's obvious he's a poet, and there were many many beautiful ...

  • Jennifer Louden
    Mar 22, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

  • Laurie Anderson
    Dec 31, 2018

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Mar 15, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

  • Peter Kerry Powers
    Apr 06, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

  • Billie
    Oct 05, 2018

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

  • Abby
    Mar 21, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

  • Georgette
    Nov 15, 2018

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

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

    Who doesn't want to read a collection of essays title The Book of Delights?! I parceled out these wonderful observations so that they would last. Reading one or two over my morning coffee were the perfect way to go into my day. Some of my favorites: Writing By Hand, Infinity and My Gar...

    When Henry James admonished writers to be ?one of the people on whom nothing is lost,? he could well have been describing poet Ross Gay. Author of three books of poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle prize-winning collection CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, he now has a...

    An excellent reminder about how the small things in life are the things that bring the most delight. ...

  • Nancy
    Mar 15, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

  • Abby
    Apr 14, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

  • Allie
    Apr 10, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

  • Beck
    Jan 29, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

  • Caroline
    Dec 16, 2018

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

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

    Who doesn't want to read a collection of essays title The Book of Delights?! I parceled out these wonderful observations so that they would last. Reading one or two over my morning coffee were the perfect way to go into my day. Some of my favorites: Writing By Hand, Infinity and My Gar...

  • Geoff
    Mar 06, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

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

  • Kathy
    Apr 01, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

  • Allison
    Mar 03, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

  • Austin Araujo
    Feb 20, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

  • Sean Gibson
    Apr 10, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

  • Colin
    Mar 13, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

  • Karin Schott
    Jan 31, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

  • Gretchen Lida
    Jan 31, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

  • Karen
    Apr 24, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

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

    Who doesn't want to read a collection of essays title The Book of Delights?! I parceled out these wonderful observations so that they would last. Reading one or two over my morning coffee were the perfect way to go into my day. Some of my favorites: Writing By Hand, Infinity and My Gar...

    When Henry James admonished writers to be ?one of the people on whom nothing is lost,? he could well have been describing poet Ross Gay. Author of three books of poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle prize-winning collection CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, he now has a...

    An excellent reminder about how the small things in life are the things that bring the most delight. ...

    "The Book of Delights" is a joy. I received it as a gift, and intend to share the love in return, whenever an occasion presents itself, for as Gay suggests in a different context, "our delight grows as we share it," particularly with "fellow compatriots of glee." An antidote to these t...

    This was, yes, you guessed it, a delight. What I loved most about it was how loose it felt, how familiar. These little essays are not necessarily elegant, which is not a criticism, as I'm not sure that elegant was Gay's aim. It's obvious he's a poet, and there were many many beautiful ...

    I have read quite a few books with dark themes and depressing overtones this year. This book is a nice break from the bleakness of my recent book selections and life in general. Prominent poet and professor Ross Gay wrote a short essay on things that delighted him almost every day for ...

  • S. A. Hackett
    Dec 02, 2018

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Mar 07, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

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

    Who doesn't want to read a collection of essays title The Book of Delights?! I parceled out these wonderful observations so that they would last. Reading one or two over my morning coffee were the perfect way to go into my day. Some of my favorites: Writing By Hand, Infinity and My Gar...

    When Henry James admonished writers to be ?one of the people on whom nothing is lost,? he could well have been describing poet Ross Gay. Author of three books of poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle prize-winning collection CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, he now has a...

  • Andrea Worden
    Feb 19, 2019

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...

    Poet Ross Gay has written an exquisite collection of short essays. He is a master of observations, opening many of the essays with close attention to the details in his world then taking the reader along with him on a stroll through time, tenderness, and joy. Everybody in the whole...

    I really needed this right now. I am grateful to Ross Gay for embarking upon a project to record one delight every day for a year and then finding a way to share those delights with all of us. Thank you, Mr. Gay, for being a light. The world needs you and people like you very much righ...

    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...

    This is such a delightful book. It's politically engaged, and yet it refuses to be cynical. It's funny, sexy, unabashedly joyful and it inspired me to start my own catalogue of delights. And perhaps just as importantly, Ross Gay has found more ways to talk about the physical feeling of...

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...

    This is a book to teach us to look up and be rebellious enough to find beauty where we were told there was none. It is filled with Tiny essays, perfect for a read a day or to read all at once. ...

    This was, for lack of a better word, delightful. Or ?delight-full,? quite literally. Gay?s warm prose is compulsively readable, and his eye for detail brings you deep into the little things. Sentences would bring me up short with their simple, obvious brilliance. Or observations ...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    Some years ago I read a journal of short fiction from cover to cover, looking for a happy story. The only one that seemed to qualify was about a woman who turned into a hide-a-bed sofa and lived contentedly thereafter. I am still not sure it counts. Look--nothing I was ever assigned, n...

    I enjoyed reading this collection of short essays . Gay wrote an essay a day (mostly) on the little things that brought him delight that day. I dipped in and out of this over the course of a week -- there was something wonderful about a daily practice of noticing and appreciating the l...

    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 l...

    As a 1st time reader of Gay?s work, I loved the simple and interesting real experiences he had that nerved him to write essays for a whole year. This ?Book of Delights? made me appreciate the little things and our journey as humans in a world where we?re all trying to live one ...

    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...

    Having really liked Ross Gay's Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, I was very excited to read The Book of Delights. I absolutely loved it. Gay recorded daily delights for a year, and then collected them in this book of what he calls essayettes. (I would argue some could also be considered ...

    I think I would have enjoyed this even more in print because, although the author has a great reading voice, this book is really about the language and, being a poet, the author uses beautiful language that I would have liked to examine visually. Nonetheless, this is a delightful (ha.....

    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...

    Why I read ...

    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...

    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...

    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...

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

    Who doesn't want to read a collection of essays title The Book of Delights?! I parceled out these wonderful observations so that they would last. Reading one or two over my morning coffee were the perfect way to go into my day. Some of my favorites: Writing By Hand, Infinity and My Gar...

    When Henry James admonished writers to be ?one of the people on whom nothing is lost,? he could well have been describing poet Ross Gay. Author of three books of poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle prize-winning collection CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE, he now has a...

    An excellent reminder about how the small things in life are the things that bring the most delight. ...

    "The Book of Delights" is a joy. I received it as a gift, and intend to share the love in return, whenever an occasion presents itself, for as Gay suggests in a different context, "our delight grows as we share it," particularly with "fellow compatriots of glee." An antidote to these t...