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Current ReadUP Selection

2023-24 - Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude - Ross Gay

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude book cover

About the Book

National Endowment for the Arts 2022-23 Big Read Selection
Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award

"Like one big celebration bursting with joy . . . . Whether you're feeling like you have a whole brass band of gratitude or if you're feeling like you only have a rusty horn, read this book. Gay even thanks you for reading it, saying 'I can't stop my gratitude, which includes dear reader, you for staying here with me, for moving your lips just so as I speak.'" ~Tess Taylor, NPR

"Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us." ~University of Pittsburg Press, publisher


Ross Gay smiling in a room with a blackboard and vinyl records in background

About the Author

"Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In addition to his poetry, Ross has released three collections of essays—The Book of Delights was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller; Inciting Joy was released in 2022, and his newest collection, The Book of (More) Delights was released in September of 2023."