The Book of Delights

Author: Ross Gay

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529349788

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER As Heard on NPR's This American Life 'The delights he extols here (music, laughter, generosity, poetry, lots of nature) are bulwarks against casual cruelties . . . contagious in their joy' New York Times The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders. Among Gay's funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend's unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an aeroplane, the silent nod of acknowledgement between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything other subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world - his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis. 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. *** 'These charming, digressive "essayettes" surprise and challenge more than a reader might expect . . . experiences of "delight," recorded daily for a year, vary widely but yield revealing patterns through insights about everything from nature and the body to race and masculinity.' New Yorker 'Pure balm for your soul. Savor one at a time every morning, this summer, or wolf them all down en masse on a gorgeous sunny day.' Celeste Ng 'A reminder of what the personal essay is best at: finding the profound in the mundane . . . His delight is infectious. It's hard to read Gay and not to be won over.' Seattle Times

The Power of Fun

Author: Catherine Price

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1529192846

Category: Self-Help

Page: 352

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From the bestselling author of HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE 'This delightful book might just be what we need to start flourishing.' ADAM GRANT, author of Think Again 'An antidote to all the darkness ... a guide to tapping into true fun.' New York Times 'A practical, evidence-backed plan ... and an argument that fun isn't optional, but essential.' CHARLES DUHIGG, author of The Power of Habit 'This is the book everyone needs to read in 2022' Independent __________ When did you last feel exhilarated and lighthearted? When were you last engaged, focused and completely present? When is the last time you felt fully alive? In other words, when did you last have fun? In our always-on, tech-addicted lifestyles, we often think of the pursuit of fun as an indulgence. When we do find time to relax, we often turn to activities that are not actually that enjoyable, let alone fun: bingeing on television and movies, doomscrolling the news, or feeding our FOMO on social media. But award-winning science journalist Catherine Price has learned the truth: far from being frivolous, fun is the key to living a more meaningful, fulfilling and happier life. If you make fun a priority, you will be healthier and have more energy. You will be more productive, less resentful and less stressed. You will find community and a sense of purpose. You will stop languishing and start flourishing. And best of all? You'll enjoy the process. In The Power of Fun, Price argues that fun will lead to the happiness we so desperately seek, and includes a practical plan for how to incorporate more fun into our daily lives. Ground-breaking, eye-opening and packed with useful advice, The Power of Fun won't just change the way you think about fun. It will bring you back to life. __________ 'Inspirational, funny, research-packed and full of practical strategies... The Power of Fun is a game-changer.' ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder and CEO, Thrive Global 'Sharp, entertaining and persuasive... an essential guide for anyone who can't quite remember what it's like to experience joy.' LAURIE SANTOS, host of The Happiness Lab podcast 'The Marie Kondo of Brains.' New York Times

A Book of Wisdom and Delight

Author: James Nicholas

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059547537X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 210

View: 8585

The book offers challenging but easy reading. It draws enriching ideas from philosophy, psychology and literature from East and West. The thoughts of 180 eminent thinkers are cited, with the ideas of modern writers. Intertwined with the classics are the author's own reflections. This book is profuse with beautiful references to nature. Areas that are of interest to people are discussed in six lively and easy to understand chapters: 1. Enjoy Inner Peace and Calm 2. Give Yourself a Dazzling Mind 3. The Joys of Genuine Intimacy 4. Be Ever Young in Spirit 5. A Blueprint for Success 6. Abundant Energy for Everyday Life Readers will discover stimulating ideas on how to feel better, think better and remain loving, successful, youthful and energetic throughout life.

The Ni'matnama Manuscript of the Sultans of Mandu

Author: Norah M. Titley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134268068

Category: Cooking

Page: 544

View: 5034

The Ni'matnama is a late fifteenth-century book of the recipes of the eccentric Sultan of Mandu (Madhya Pradesh), Ghiyath Shahi, collected and added to by his son and successor, Nasir Shah. It contains recipes for cooking a variety of delicacies and epicurean delights, as well as providing remedies and aphrodisiacs for the Sultan and his court. It also includes important sections on the preparation of betel leaves as well as advice on the logistics of hunting expeditions and warfare. The text provides a remarkable and tantalizing account of rarified courtly life in a fifteenth-century Indian Sultanate region.

A Reader's Delight

Author: Noel Perrin

Publisher: University Press of New England


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 228

View: 6417

One of America's finest essayists writes about 40 literary masterpieces that have been wrongfully forgotten or were ignored in the first place.