Everyday Matters: A Memoir by Danny Gregory
The book says:
Danny Gregory and his wife, Patti, were in love. their baby, Jack, was ten months old; life was pretty swell. And then Patti fell under a subway train and was paralysed from the waist down. In a world where nothing seemed to have much meaning, Danny decided to teach himself to draw, and what he learned stunned him. Suddenly things had colour again, and value. The result is Everyday Matters, his journal of discovery, recovery and daily life in New York City. It is as funny, insightful and surprising as life itself.
I broke my pre-Christmas book buying ban for this book. Curse you Amazon Recommends, my nemesis, my enabler, my downfall! *Shakes, fist*
The entirety of the book is in sketchbook format - absolutely no printed words. This, in my opinion, only serves to make the book more intimate between us and the author - like we are actually sitting here reading his sketchbook. However, it wasn't the book I thought I was buying. I really hesitate to say this as I don't want it to come across the wrong way and am struggling to put into words what I mean... I thought the book would be dealing more with how Danny dealt with the accident, how the accident affected him and how the love of drawing came about and how it helped. There was some of this in the book - the beginning and the end but the middle of the book came across, to me at least, as a travel sketchbook. Documenting Danny's travels. Don't get me wrong - the author is unflinchingly honest with his feelings in the beginning of the book and the sketchbook format and layout of the book, I loved. I just thought there would be more in the way of how he and Patti dealt with the loss of the life they were previously living, how the drawing came about, how they were in the life they are living now...
However, this is where I am glad that I leave it a couple of days before I review a book. Because Everyday Matters has not been very far from my mind over the last few days. I find myself thinking about it, mulling it over, when I least expect it. I can't even put my finger on what it is that is making me dwell on it. Is it the book I thought I was buying? No. At the time I had been dithering between buying this and buying The Creative Licence: Giving Yourself Permission To Be The Artist You Truly Are also by Danny Gregory. If I'm honest - I wish I'd gone with the other choice, I have it on my wishlist now which I think says a lot about what I got from this book - I obviously enjoyed Danny's writing style. Am I glad I read the book? Yes. I just think the blurb is slightly misleading. However - I seem to be in the minority if you read other reviews. I really recommend heading over to the Amazon.com site as they have the option to 'look inside' which the UK Amazon page doesn't have for some reason.
Do you fancy a read of this one? I'm offering up my copy as a giveaway - I probably wont post until after Christmas now and please bear in mind I bought my copy second hand so it's not in pristine condition... well, it is in pretty good nick but there is a slash down the front cover. In any case, if you fancy a read, drop me a comment below and I'll draw a winner at the weekend.
Thank you as always for stopping by :)