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 living in America as a black man the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture the loss of those he loves Among Gay s funny, poetic, philosophical delights the way Botan Rice Candy wrappers melt in your mouth, the volunteer crossing guard with a pronounced tremor whom he imagines as a kind of boat woman escorting pedestrians across the River Styx, a friend s unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, the silent nod of acknowledgment between black people And than any other subject, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world his garden, the flowers in the sidewalk, the birds, the bees, the mushrooms, the trees.This is not a book of how to or inspiration, though it could be read that way Fans of Roxane Gay, Maggie Nelson, and Kiese Laymon will revel in Gay s voice, and his insightsThe Book of Delights is about our connection to the world, to each other, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed Gay s pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight. Best Download [ The Book of Delights ] by [ Ross Gay ] – bluevapours.co.uk

Ross Gay is the author of three books Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude He is also the co author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook Lace and Pyrite Letters from Two Gardens, in addition to being co author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook, River He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin , in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non profit, free fruit for all food justice and joy project He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation Ross teaches at Indiana University.

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  • Hardcover
  • 274 pages
  • The Book of Delights
  • Ross Gay
  • 27 September 2018
  • 1616207922

10 thoughts on “ The Book of Delights

  1. Sean Gibson says:

    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage related character defects We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will benevolently continue to give her the benefit of the delightful doubt Gay is an accomplished poet whose prose is dense and digressionary That s not to say that it s bad, or even unpleasant to read it may, howev A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage related character defects We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will benevolently continue to give her the benefit of the delightful doubt Gay is an accomplished poet whose prose is dense and digressionary That s not to say that it s bad, or even unpleasant to read it may, however, not be to the tastes of someone who, unlike myself, does not delight in copious quantities of clauses and parentheticals breaking up thoughts that, even uninterrupted, don t always lead to a particularly noteworthy conclusion Still, when he s not being...

  2. Laurie Anderson says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 world should buy and read this book It was the perfect book with which to end 2018 and approach 2019 with some steadfast hope.You should also check out his event calendar and go listen to him when he is within a seve 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 tak...

  3. Ellie says:

    I loved Ross Gay s volume of poetry, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude so I was eager to read this book of essays Plus I m always looking for ways to increase my own gratitude, to notice what is good in life as well as what is lacking or painful.It took me a while to get into the rhythm of this book, mostly because I tend to rush through books and this one resisted such treatment It demanded to be read slowly, to be savored Once I caught on to this, I began to appreciate it better and to enjoy i I loved Ross Gay s volume of poetry, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude so I was eager to read this book of essays Plus I m always looking for ways to increase my own gratitude, to notice what is good in life as well as what is lacking or painful.It took me a while to get into the rhythm of this book, mostly because I tend to rush through books and this one resisted such treatment It demanded to be read slowly, to be savored Once I caught on to this, I began to appreciate it better and to enjoy it.Most of Gay s delights consist of small moments, savoring coffee, bringing a tomato on a plane, sharing hellos with strangers These moments are available to me as well, although I usually take them for granted I guess this book is about not taking small moments for granted but noticing them, holding them up to the sun and enjoying them.Gay s book does not deny the difficulties and pains of life, e...

  4. Billie says:

    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 right now.February 3, 2019 So, I spent the last couple of days listening to the audiobook on my commute and, if possible, I might be evenin love with the book the second time around If a book could...

  5. Ken says:

    These essays are briefer than Fruit of the Loom, most three pages or less in an already miniature sized book If you re looking to compare Ross Gay to stellar essayists like David Shields, John D Agata, Marilynne Robinson, and Sarah Vowell, you ll find him wanting It sfun and loose, an experiment he did wherein he d try to find joy in something every day for a year only he didn t write every day, so it s not a year, I fear All of these essayettes were written by hand, too Le Pens, t These essays are briefer than Fruit of the Loom, most three pages or less in an already miniature sized book If you re looking to compare Ross Gay to stellar essayists like David Shields, John D Agata, Marilynne Robinson, and Sarah Vowell, you ll find him wanting It sfun and loose, an experiment he d...

  6. Allie says:

    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays He writes with great exuberance in a warm, authentic voice Gay is a progressive, feminist, tree hugging, African American writer whose values align closely with mine So I fully expected to love this book.And yetI struggled with Gay s Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short e...

  7. Sarah says:

    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 foundways to talk about the ph...

  8. Allison says:

    Absolutely delightful Review to come

  9. Ann-Marie says:

    For a year Ross Gay kept track of little things he noticed that sparked moments of joy in him He called them delights You might wonder how many delights a 60 something Caucasian woman in Texas can share with a 40 something Black man in Indiana You would be surp...

  10. Sandi says:

    I m a big believer in reading the right book at the right time and for me, this was the perfect book to read right now The end of summer is sad, the start of a new school year is nerve wracking, and this tiny gem of a book has a year s worth of observational essay ettes about searching for joy just what I need right now The author finds simple delights in tree blossoms, a bike ride to a favorite restaurant, and the feeling of a stranger kindly patting your arm I loved this bookthan I I m a big believer in reading the right book at the right time and for me, this was the perfect book to read right...

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