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This Year's One Book Read

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The Book of Delights book cover

The Book of Delights is a New York Times bestselling book of essays celebrating ordinary delights in the world around us by one of America's most original and observant writers, award-winning poet Ross Gay. The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry, the book 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. 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.

Britton Shurley, One Book Committee Chair said, "The committee thought this book, and all its joy, would be a perfect selection and vehicle for everyone to reflect on the hardships of the past few years, while moving forward and recognizing the small, unique things which bring all of us delight. We envision this book as a way for our campus to support mental and physical health, focusing our campus’ attention upon a 'Year of Delights.' We wondered what it would look like, if campuswide, we each chose to focus on bringing more delight to students, faculty, and staff."

You can read more about Ross Gay, The Book of Delights and other titles by Gay at