The 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers of 2015

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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Gay’s Catalog was shortlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry, and I wouldn’t have been disappointed if it had won — there isn’t a weak poem in the collection. Of rare candor — it is truly “unabashed” — the book is strangely Heraclitean in the way it unsentimentally finds gratitude in flux and change.