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
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The Book of Delights Reviews

  • Sarah
    Mar 21, 2019

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

  • James
    Feb 02, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

  • Kathleen
    Mar 05, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

    This was the best pick-me-up for a week that has kept me on the #strugglebus. Ross Gay is a super talented writer. This is my first written work that I?ve read of his. This entire book is all about finding happiness and joy in all the small things that happen throughout your day. It?...

    I did not want this book to end!! I was literally losing "my shit with glee." I look around differently, which is one of the best things a book can do. "It might be that the logics of delight interrupt the logics of capitalism." (183) Although there is no mention of self-care, Th...

    Can?t lie, this book: it?s a delight. I found myself smiling for the first 5-10 minutes reading it. Poet Ross Gay elects to share his delight as a writing practice. It?s not all sunflowers and glittering butterflies (they are in there, but), he doesn?t shy away from hardship an...

    I wish that I'd approached this work in a similar manner to the way it was written, day by day. Each "delight" from Gay was a succinct, sincere glimpse into his life and experiences. Some were humorous and light-hearted, others thought provoking or devastating. Gay's challenge to isola...

    When I heard about this book, I thought that I should read it because it would be good for me. I don't read essays for fun much--virtually never, in fact. And I haven't read anything else by Ross Gay. But reading about delight wasn't just good for me, it was good--or, more accurately, ...

    What a joy to read these ?essayettes? and mine some of my own long lost appreciation and awe of simple (but never simple-minded) every day delights. Gay writes with palpable sincerity, wonder, empathy, and good humor. Such a feel good book for these darker days and times, reminding...

    This slim volume found its way into my heart. Perhaps it was the kind of day I was having. I wonder how Ross defines ?delight?? I could take half of his essays, and change the into my delights. Perhaps it should be required that readers go through the year recording joys found alon...

  • Jaime
    Oct 12, 2018

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

  • Laurie Anderson
    Dec 31, 2018

    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...

  • Jennifer
    Mar 02, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

    This was the best pick-me-up for a week that has kept me on the #strugglebus. Ross Gay is a super talented writer. This is my first written work that I?ve read of his. This entire book is all about finding happiness and joy in all the small things that happen throughout your day. It?...

    I did not want this book to end!! I was literally losing "my shit with glee." I look around differently, which is one of the best things a book can do. "It might be that the logics of delight interrupt the logics of capitalism." (183) Although there is no mention of self-care, Th...

    Can?t lie, this book: it?s a delight. I found myself smiling for the first 5-10 minutes reading it. Poet Ross Gay elects to share his delight as a writing practice. It?s not all sunflowers and glittering butterflies (they are in there, but), he doesn?t shy away from hardship an...

    I wish that I'd approached this work in a similar manner to the way it was written, day by day. Each "delight" from Gay was a succinct, sincere glimpse into his life and experiences. Some were humorous and light-hearted, others thought provoking or devastating. Gay's challenge to isola...

    When I heard about this book, I thought that I should read it because it would be good for me. I don't read essays for fun much--virtually never, in fact. And I haven't read anything else by Ross Gay. But reading about delight wasn't just good for me, it was good--or, more accurately, ...

  • Tracy
    Feb 20, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

    This was the best pick-me-up for a week that has kept me on the #strugglebus. Ross Gay is a super talented writer. This is my first written work that I?ve read of his. This entire book is all about finding happiness and joy in all the small things that happen throughout your day. It?...

    I did not want this book to end!! I was literally losing "my shit with glee." I look around differently, which is one of the best things a book can do. "It might be that the logics of delight interrupt the logics of capitalism." (183) Although there is no mention of self-care, Th...

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Mar 15, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Billie
    Oct 05, 2018

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

  • Beck
    Jan 29, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Elizabeth Langa
    Mar 08, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

    This was the best pick-me-up for a week that has kept me on the #strugglebus. Ross Gay is a super talented writer. This is my first written work that I?ve read of his. This entire book is all about finding happiness and joy in all the small things that happen throughout your day. It?...

    I did not want this book to end!! I was literally losing "my shit with glee." I look around differently, which is one of the best things a book can do. "It might be that the logics of delight interrupt the logics of capitalism." (183) Although there is no mention of self-care, Th...

    Can?t lie, this book: it?s a delight. I found myself smiling for the first 5-10 minutes reading it. Poet Ross Gay elects to share his delight as a writing practice. It?s not all sunflowers and glittering butterflies (they are in there, but), he doesn?t shy away from hardship an...

    I wish that I'd approached this work in a similar manner to the way it was written, day by day. Each "delight" from Gay was a succinct, sincere glimpse into his life and experiences. Some were humorous and light-hearted, others thought provoking or devastating. Gay's challenge to isola...

  • Caroline
    Dec 16, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

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

  • Allison
    Mar 03, 2019

    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 ...

  • Kristen Ploetz
    Feb 25, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

    This was the best pick-me-up for a week that has kept me on the #strugglebus. Ross Gay is a super talented writer. This is my first written work that I?ve read of his. This entire book is all about finding happiness and joy in all the small things that happen throughout your day. It?...

    I did not want this book to end!! I was literally losing "my shit with glee." I look around differently, which is one of the best things a book can do. "It might be that the logics of delight interrupt the logics of capitalism." (183) Although there is no mention of self-care, Th...

    Can?t lie, this book: it?s a delight. I found myself smiling for the first 5-10 minutes reading it. Poet Ross Gay elects to share his delight as a writing practice. It?s not all sunflowers and glittering butterflies (they are in there, but), he doesn?t shy away from hardship an...

    I wish that I'd approached this work in a similar manner to the way it was written, day by day. Each "delight" from Gay was a succinct, sincere glimpse into his life and experiences. Some were humorous and light-hearted, others thought provoking or devastating. Gay's challenge to isola...

    When I heard about this book, I thought that I should read it because it would be good for me. I don't read essays for fun much--virtually never, in fact. And I haven't read anything else by Ross Gay. But reading about delight wasn't just good for me, it was good--or, more accurately, ...

    What a joy to read these ?essayettes? and mine some of my own long lost appreciation and awe of simple (but never simple-minded) every day delights. Gay writes with palpable sincerity, wonder, empathy, and good humor. Such a feel good book for these darker days and times, reminding...

  • Austin Araujo
    Feb 20, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

  • Colin
    Mar 13, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

  • Karin Schott
    Jan 31, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

  • Kelsey Danielle
    Feb 24, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

  • Jenn Conwell
    Feb 27, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

    This was the best pick-me-up for a week that has kept me on the #strugglebus. Ross Gay is a super talented writer. This is my first written work that I?ve read of his. This entire book is all about finding happiness and joy in all the small things that happen throughout your day. It?...

  • Ernio Hernandez
    Feb 21, 2019

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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 ...

    Moments. Observations. Delights. This book is a soft reminder to pay attention, to listen, to love the little things that make you happy. I loved going through this book and having it transform the way I see things around me. I started picking up on little bits of joy. At the end of...

    (Rounded up from 3.5 stars) Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. He edited the results down to this book, which is enchanting in its enthusiasm. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his...

    This was the best pick-me-up for a week that has kept me on the #strugglebus. Ross Gay is a super talented writer. This is my first written work that I?ve read of his. This entire book is all about finding happiness and joy in all the small things that happen throughout your day. It?...

    I did not want this book to end!! I was literally losing "my shit with glee." I look around differently, which is one of the best things a book can do. "It might be that the logics of delight interrupt the logics of capitalism." (183) Although there is no mention of self-care, Th...

    Can?t lie, this book: it?s a delight. I found myself smiling for the first 5-10 minutes reading it. Poet Ross Gay elects to share his delight as a writing practice. It?s not all sunflowers and glittering butterflies (they are in there, but), he doesn?t shy away from hardship an...

  • S. A. Hackett
    Dec 02, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...

    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 ...

    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.....

    I'm still smiling. ...

    Why I read ...

    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...