Blog Tour: Inciting Joy by Ross Gay

Blog Tour: Inciting Joy by Ross Gay

Ross Gay’s essays on JOY comes out TODAY! Happy Book Birthday to INCITING JOY! I received my copy a couple weeks ago (Thank you Algonquin!) and it is beautiful and I can’t wait to dive in. I have started reading it and so far, I know it is a book I need right now. These past couple of years have been hard on all of us in so many different ways. We can choose to focus on the joy in our lives and we can celebrate our joy and the joy of those around us. I am ready to bring more joy in my life through reading Ross’s book. I hope you consider reading too!


An intimate and electrifying collection of essays from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights

In these gorgeously written and timely pieces, prizewinning poet and author Ross Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable hardships. Throughout Inciting Joy, he explores how we can practice recognizing that connection, and also, crucially, how we expand it.

In “We Kin” he thinks about the garden (especially around August, when the zucchini and tomatoes come on) as a laboratory of mutual aid; in “Share Your Bucket” he explores skateboarding’s reclamation of public space; he considers the costs of masculinity in “Grief Suite”; and in “Through My Tears I Saw,” he recognizes what was healed in caring for his father as he was dying.

In an era when divisive voices take up so much air space, Inciting Joy offers a vital alternative: What might be possible if we turn our attention to what brings us together, to what we love? Full of energy, curiosity, and compassion, Inciting Joy is essential reading from one of our most brilliant writers.


Let me know if you end up reading! I would love to talk with others about it and what we learn.

Happy reading and may you find joy!

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