The Book of Delights: Essays
ISBN: 1616207922
EAN13: 9781616207922
Language: English
Publication Date: Feb 12, 2019
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1" H x 7" L x 5" W
Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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The New York Times bestselling book of essays celebrating ordinary delights in the world around us by one America's most original and observant writers, award-winning poet Ross Gay.

As Heard on NPR's This American Life

Ross Gay's eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us. --Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate

The winner of the NBC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyrical essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.

In The Book of Delights, one of today's most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay's funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend's unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything other Read More chevron_right

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