In this anxious and contentious time, when you are looking for a gift of uplift for a graduate or for a parent on Mother’s or Father’s Day, look no further than The Book of Delights by Ross Gay. Here’s a man who made a deliberate decision to seek out each day something to delight in. He captures those moments, however fleeting, in a collection of lyric essays. They are brief; most are a page or less. It’s the sort of thing that could go saccharine, but Ross Gay’s essays are piercingly honest and true-hearted. It has inspired me to look on my world with a more generous eye and search, amid the toxic flotsam of the moment, for things to treasure in my fellow humans.
–Rosanne, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR