“The Book of Delights: Essays” by Ross Gay
“Poet Ross Gay’s collection of essays, or ‘essayettes’ he calls them, grew out of a year-long project to record daily delights. The process helped him develop his ‘delight radar’ and the belief that delight grows when shared. This is a wonderful catalog of small delights, that grow into something more in his hands. Over the year, he comes back to common themes of family, public space, dreams, gardening, music, politics, and kindness. As a Black man in America, in a culture that often wants to conflate blackness and suffering, he also meditates on racism, and how he finds the simple act of writing ‘a book of black delight’ a delight in itself.”
–Alicia, Main Library
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