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The Book of Delights: Essays de Ross Gay
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The Book of Delights: Essays (2019 original; edició 2019)

de Ross Gay (Autor)

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"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 subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world--his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis. The Book of Delights is about our shared bonds, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight."--… (més)
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Títol:The Book of Delights: Essays
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Informació:Algonquin Books (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 288 pages
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I enjoyed this meandering, almost daily journal of the author's found aspects of happiness in his daily life. Most involve interactions with people and plants. Reading it made me appreciate the chorus of birdsong outside my window every morning and night. Identifying joy can only be helpful in the quest for a good life. ( )
  froxgirl | Jun 26, 2023 |
I’ve been reading this one slowly, just an essay or two a day, for months. It’s perfect in small bites. The author’s poetic musings on small things that delight him make his joy infectious. He doesn’t shy away from hard topics, like the racism he’s experienced, but he is equally effusive about gardening, or an unexpected connection.

“There’s an entomological connection between thinking and thanking.”

“The laughing snort: among the most emphatic evidences of delight.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Apr 18, 2023 |
Honestly the title speaks for itself. Ross Gay has succeeded in his goal to write an essay a day celabrating delight. In every essay shared in this volume we feel the elight he is writing about. Delight in little things, in odd things, in ugly things that can open a way to lovely thngs, moments. His use of the written word is a delight in itsself. He has created a volume that tackles a full spectrum of topics that are serious to not at all serious and manages to do so without dismissing any of it or taking any of the delight away. Also, I have a new appreciation for this word- delight. ( )
  juliais_bookluvr | Mar 9, 2023 |
bite size reading - you must slow down and savor every word. Roll the words around in your mouth and let them wash over you. Good for being in the moment and appreciating every moment. ( )
  xfitkitten | Dec 29, 2022 |
Thought provoking, smile producing, and in my opinion totally worth the read. The author set out on a project to write every day for a year about something that delighted him, it didn't always happen, but even that brought about perspective. I am looking forward to reading his other works. ( )
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almost every instance of our lives, our social lives, we are, if we pay attention, in the midst of an almost constant, if subtle, caretaking. Holding open doors. Offering elbows at crosswalks. Letting someone else go first. Helping with the heavy bags. Reaching what's too high, or what's been dropped. Pulling someone back to their feet. Stopping at the car wreck, at the struck dog. The alternating merge, also known as the zipper. This caretaking is our default mode and it's always a lie that convinces us to act or believe otherwise. Always.
72. An Abundance of Public Toilets

I DON'T MEAN this delight to diminish the dignity-violating absence of public toilets, public bathrooms, in New York City, which is a failure and a carelessness. A ruthlessness, in fact, that reminds me somehow that ours is a country where property is more valued than people are.
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"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 subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world--his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis. The Book of Delights is about our shared bonds, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight."--

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