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A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss [Format Kindle]

Danny Gregory

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After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident, beloved artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best—the pages of his illustrated journals. This intimate reproduction of his journal is a stirring visual memoir of Gregory's journey towards recovery. Uniquely sincere, and by turns tender, raw, and hopeful, Gregory's idiosyncratic text and illustrations capture the darkest and lightest moments of his "year of magical drawing." Gregory's process reminds us that creative expression offers its own therapy, and that living each day to its fullest may be as simple as putting pen to paper. Anyone who has experienced loss will take solace in this refreshingly candid look at grieving, while art lovers will marvel at the artist's beautiful celebration of the power of creation.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 42024 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 128 pages
  • Editeur : Chronicle Books LLC (30 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00AI58B58
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Heartful 29 novembre 2012
Par Parka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
A Kiss Before You Go is a heartfelt memoir by Danny Gregory. The pages are from sketchbooks he kept after losing his wife to an accident in 2010. He shares with with us what it is like to lose someone you love.

I read the book with a heavy heart. You can feel his emotions through his handwritten words and the beautiful watercolour sketches. There are his personal thoughts, anxiety and turmoils. It's an intimate look at how his life has changed.

The heaviness also comes from having read his earlier book Everyday Matters that's about life after his wife's subway accident. That was published in 2003.

This is a beautiful and moving memoir. It takes tremendous courage to write about loss, especially when you have to relive it.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
27 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 sparkles with joy and sorrow 9 janvier 2013
Par Richard Sheppard - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Last November I purchased an advanced copy of A Kiss Before You Go as a birthday gift to myself. I looked forward to receiving it and on delivery day, breezed through its beautiful pages, then set the book on my nightstand to enjoy before sleep. That night, I chose another book instead, thinking "I'll read Danny's book tomorrow." After several weeks of delay, I realized I had to ask myself, "What's going on?"

It became clear to me that I was afraid to read the book. Over the last few years, I have grieved over the loss of my mother, grandmother, a close friend, and the near loss of my wife. By now I'm aware of what grieving feels like, I know loneliness all too intimately, and I understand what it feels like to sort through belongings of a loved one whose life ended tragically short. Did I need to dig up these emotions by reading Danny's book?

Well, tonight I finally curled up on the sofa and read A Kiss Before You Go all the way through. I couldn't put it down. Danny has written such an honest and tender book that I need not have been afraid to read it. It helped me understand my own feelings of loss, regret and sadness. Ultimately, this warm and heartfelt book lifted my spirits, reminding me that I'm really not so alone in the world. Tragedy cannot be undone, but the haunting feelings that remain can be comforted.

Danny's artwork sparkles with joy and sorrow as vivid watercolors splash, drip, and run with emotion across the page. The entire book is handwritten, blending text with artwork and making the entire book fuse as one. A Kiss Before You Go is a treasure and will help keep Patti's warm heart from fading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Book to Treasure 4 décembre 2012
Par Kateri Ewing van Huystee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I have met Danny Gregory three times now. Well, not physically met him, but encountered him through his art and words. He's that kind of writer though; I feel like I've known him as a friend all of my life. The first time we met it was inside of his illustrated memoir, Everyday Matters, where he chronicled his life, in words and drawings, when his wife survived a tragic accident, but was left a paraplegic. He shared his wisdom of how drawing his days saved him.

The second time we met was in his book, Creative License, a fascinating exploration of how we can all bring more creativity to our daily lives, as well as a pretty darn amazing tutorial on how to draw. I still keep this book nearby every day, and dip into it during long soaks in the tub at least once a week. It is a trusted and inspiring friend.

Our third encounter was when I discovered An Illustrated Life, his anthology of the intimate pages from artists' journals. This book holds fathoms of inspiration and knowledge about keeping track of our days through art and words and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to make daily journaling a lifelong habit, or who appreciates the art that artists make that may never be meant for the public eye.

I've connected to Danny in other ways. I keep up with his Web site and his Facebook page, his photos on Instagram and also on Goodreads. I've witnessed him go through the painful loss of his wife, Patti; raising his son, Jack and seeing him off to college. I've rejoiced as he began to send his rays of light back out into the world after what seemed like a long silence. He shares his life in such an unflinchingly honest way, and is a deep well of comfort and hope in a world that can deal out tragedy when we least expect it. He is one of those souls that makes my life richer, even though we have only ever met on the page, and on the screen.

When I discovered that Danny had a new book coming out, I was over the top excited. When I found out what he had chosen to write about, it placed an ache in my heart and also encouraged it to soar, all at once. His new book, A Kiss Before You Go, is an illustrated memoir of the unbearably painful loss of his wife, the love of his life, and how he faced it, and slowly came back to himself, by drawing what was right in front him and real, and writing down the words that were still coming from a place of darkness and grief. As a woman who has fought through deep losses of her own, I found his words so very, very true.

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever, ever read. And the drawings...vibrant, melancholy, intense, beautiful, dark & light-filled, and very much alive. (Make sure you remove the cover from the book, otherwise you'll miss something special.)

(One of life's mysteries: how can something like this book, that is so full of goodness, truth and beauty, so full that when you open it and swim in its pages you could travel fathoms and fathoms and miles and miles across every ocean and sky, only cost $11.37? Buy this book. You will treasure it.)
17 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 experiencing loss 3 décembre 2012
Par Maine Coast - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I've read all of the books Danny has written. I also read his blog and participate in the EDM sketching group. I knew that Danny's wife Patti had died but not how. Most people only remember the "good stuff" about their dead loved one and I'm sure to a degree that is true here but Danny has always been very forthright and honest in how he was feeling about Patti, Jack and himself. I have also know that there are some really great relationships out there and I believe Danny and Patti had one of those rare, truly intimate relationships. A loss of that magnitude is like having part of your body torn away. I also understand turning to art to work out feelings. I thought this was a beautiful compilation of thoughts, emotions and sketches. When the book came, I opened the package, sat down and read through the book. I would definitely recommend this book as well as Everyday Matters. I don't think I will ever forget the message Patti had painted on the new construction across from their apartment. Like Patti, the message still lives although it can't be see.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Drawn with Love and Grief 2 janvier 2013
Par Joy Corcoran - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
A Kiss Before You Go is one of the most honest and immediate books on the grieving process I've read. There is almost an imperative in society to get over it but this journal instead honors the loss and is honest about the painful process of getting one's balance back. There is uplift, but there is a profound respect for the way grief reshapes us and hones our perspective.

The illustrations are stunning. As in his other books, the story is handwritten. Gregory often uses a dip pen and the entries are published as they are written. The written words are art. There is a haunting page where he is writing in white ink on a blue background about the day of Patti's death. The nib of the pen seems to have split halfway through the entry, or is he retracing every word. The letters and words seem to be falling apart, or like they have ghosts. The entry ends with "Nothing seems real."

He paints an interpretation of Hokusai's classic the Great Wave with a hand form reaching out of the water in the undertow. It's a powerful rendering of the way grief comes in waves and "flattens" you.

The drawings of his son and their dogs crackle with love and energy.

But this book doesn't flatten you. The honesty of it is refreshing and the beauty of life is evident on every page.

The book itself is well bound and opens flat so you can enjoy the two page spreads. I always look at books without their jackets because I like to see how they are bound and I'm always hoping for a surprise. This one has a lovely watercolor blue cover and a white ink drawing of kissing figurines. And the back of the paper cover has a collage of pictures of Patti. It underscores how she lived fully and celebrated each day.

Do your eyes and your heart a favor, and read this book.
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