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The Book of (More) Delights


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Ross Gay is the New York Times bestselling author of the essay collections The Book of Delights and Inciting Joy and four books of poetry. His Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and in 2022 was named an NEA Big Read title; and Be Holding won the 2021 PEN America Jean Stein Book Award. Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.


"His delightful observations of everyday life are a reminder that joy is all around us, we just have to be willing to look for it"--TheRoot.com

Named a Best/Most Anticipated Book of Fall/2023 by TIME.com, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Book Riot, Christian Science Monitor, & more!

"Gay's work is a reminder of all things tiny and beautiful, small but miraculous, ordinary yet magical. Read The Book of (More) Delights. It will grant you some gorgeous silence."--Brown Daily Herald

"A refreshing reminder that joy surrounds us everywhere"--Bookreporter.com

"Gay proves that he's able to endlessly expand on any minute detail of life in a way that's not only interesting, but that's often profound, open-ended, and sometimes even revelatory. It's clear that these 'delights' are a gift not only for the author himself but also for every one of the readers he touches."--Shondaland

"Ross Gay follows up his 2019 bestseller, The Book of Delights, with another collection of charming essays as quirky, engaging, and wryly humorous as the first. These reflections on what makes life meaningful offer a provocative episodic read."--Christian Science Monitor

"Ross Gay, and I will praise him forever, is a beautiful writer who reminds us of the beauty in small, everyday things."--Ann Patchett, The Skimm

"This trilogy of titles help us understand each other, the world, and our place in it."--Barnes & Noble Reads

"A feel-good book... [it] expertly whisks readers away to simpler times. The book's happy, worry-free vibes make it the ultimate vacation read, no matter the time of year."--Travel & Leisure

"A lovely book continuing his celebration of the everyday delights! Staff recommended! Highly! Happily!"--My Edmund News

"Contains many delightful, ordinary joys."--The Presbyterian Outlook

"Yes, please. I'll have another dose of delight."--Margaret Roach, The New York Times

"Enchanting... These unforgettable vignettes will enhance readers' appreciation for their own surroundings." --Publishers Weekly

"Gay's work never sugar coats the difficulties or fragility of life, but it is still so hopeful." --Wild Geese Bookshop--USA Today

"Ross Gay is back, better than ever . . . This time he swings his basket higher, slower, for a whole new bevy of brainy and witty noticings."‚Äč--Garden & Gun

"Another startling, sensuous collection of miniature essays... again and again, joy wins out over despair as Gay pays tribute to a world of people "'bumbling, flailing, hurting, failing, changing.'"--Booklist

"Enormously delightful. Gay is a master at amplifying the delights all around us"--Literary Hub

"Keenly observed and delivered with deftness, these essays are a testament to the artfulness of attention and everyday joy."--Kirkus Reviews

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