The Book of Delights

The Book of Delights

Ross Gay?s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays?some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages?that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including liv Ross Gay?s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays?some as short as a paragraph; some as long as...

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Title:The Book of Delights
Author:Ross Gay
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1616207922
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Book of Delights Reviews

  • Rachel
    Apr 19, 2019
    Yes to this. I read this slowly, as I noticed many more delights while reading about Gay's delights, and what a gift is that. ...
  • Sarah
    Mar 21, 2019
    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
    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.....
  • Ken
    May 11, 2019
    These essays are briefer than Fruit of the Loom, most three pages or less in an already-miniature-sized book. If you're looking to compare Ross Gay to stellar essayists like David Shields, John D'Agata, Marilynne Robinson, and Sarah Vowell, you'll find him wanting. It's more fun an...
  • Jeffrey Bumiller
    Mar 31, 2019
    This was a breath of fresh air. Really wonderful. I'm resisting the temptation to call this book delightful, I'm not gonna do it. Even though it would be delightful to do it. The whole time I was reading this it had me thinking of an author who is an absolute favorite of mine and then ...
  • Jaime
    Oct 12, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kelsey
    May 09, 2019
    I love the premise of this work, which prompted me to look more closely for delights in my daily life. Although his writing style was a bit too unstructured(?) for my taste, he spreads mindfulness gems throughout, which I thoroughly appreciated. ...
  • Kirsten
    Jun 08, 2019
    truly delightful. ...
  • Jennifer Louden
    Mar 22, 2019
    I am in love this Mr. Gay. ...
  • 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...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Mar 15, 2019
    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...
  • Ellie
    Apr 26, 2019
    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 rhy...
  • Peter Kerry Powers
    Apr 06, 2019
    Great book. In an era of Puritanical rectitude of both the left and the right, it was a delight to read. A good book makes me laugh out loud. Or weep. As this one did, sometimes in the scope of a page. It reminds me that there is pleasure in being human, in this body, here, now. ...
  • Billie
    Oct 05, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Nancy
    Mar 15, 2019
    I'm still smiling. ...
  • Abby
    Apr 14, 2019
    Ross Gay is himself a true delight! What a joyful little book. Readable, funny, and heartening. ...
  • Allie
    Apr 10, 2019
    Buddy read with the delightful Sean, OG of GR, whose hilarious review can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Poet Ross Gay turns to prose to capture moments of delight in his daily life over the course of a year, in a series of short essays. He writes with gre...
  • Beck
    Jan 29, 2019
    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 ...
  • Kathy
    Apr 01, 2019
    I noticed a lady in the grocery store this weekend wearing a winter coat which sported kicky pleats all across the back. Thanks to Ross Gay, I smiled and thought, well that?s just delightful! ...
  • Chrissy
    Jun 09, 2019
    The book of delights was too poetic for me. the essayettes that read a bit more like a short story were the ones I liked the most. In particular, I loved one about the delight of writing with a le pen! A little too flowery for what I was looking for but my gut says I am in the minority...
  • Allison
    Mar 03, 2019
    Absolutely delightful. Review to come ...
  • Austin Araujo
    Feb 20, 2019
    A million little and big hearts fluttering ...
  • Sean Gibson
    Apr 10, 2019
    A delightful buddy read with the delightful Allie, who is working hard to remedy her many Nicolas Cage-related character defects. We are disappointed in her progress, but we choose to believe that humanity is generally good and that people will eventually do the right thing, so we will...
  • Colin
    Mar 13, 2019
    Why I read ...
  • Karin Schott
    Jan 31, 2019
    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...
  • Emily Anderson
    May 08, 2019
    Feeling a lot of gratitude for The Big Gay after reading this. I used to think joy was something so few writers chose to talk about. But I don?t think that?s so true now. See: ?Joy Is Such a Human Madness? ...
  • Gretchen Lida
    Jan 31, 2019
    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. ...
  • S. A. Hackett
    Dec 02, 2018
    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 ...
  • Tina Stucky
    Apr 30, 2019
    It was okay. I expected more "delights", but that was not the case. The concept of writing each day for an entire year is great, and I understand that there are days that writer's block gets in the way of progress, but most of the stories lacked any appeal to me. ...