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Everyday Matters: A Memoir by Danny Gregory

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 say:

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 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 :)


  1. From the blurb I'd have expected the same as you, but having read your review it still sounds an interesting book, please put my name in the hat :-)

    Hope you get the one on you list xx

  2. This sounds like an excellent book. I like the reviews on Amazon too. Good luck with your giveaway.

  3. Interesting one Carmen. I too thought the book would deal with the aftermath of the accident and how they dealt with the changes.
    It does sound fascinating though so please put my name in the hat.
    Hugs xx

  4. Give away!

    I want to win this giveaway.

    Not because i just want to win (hahahah, i typed 'wine' the first time) a giveaway, but because i want to read this book. bigtime.

    so Pickmepickmepickmepickmepickme


  5. I think it sounds interesting. I have had his books recommended to me a couple of times now, when I moan about not being able to draw! If I'm not lucky, I'll be heading to Amazon

  6. I went to Amazon had had a peek inside the book, and it looks interesting, but I don't know if it's exactly my type of book. I loved the format and the drawings though. It reminded me of those old Amelia's Notebook books, though of course, a lot more serious, haha.
    Good luck to the winner. :)

  7. Great balanced review, Carmen. It's a shame that in hindsight you wish you'd gone for the other book BUT I know you don't see this purchase as a waste. I do love Danny's style of drawing.

    OF COURSE would you please put my name in the hat for the draw (Oh Ruby, Rubeeeeee, let's have a little chat...........!)


  8. Love your review of this carmen, amazon recommended this to me the other day as well but I didn't look at it! Am i to late to join the smartie bowl????? x

  9. On the strength of your review (thank you), I have just ordered this book. Luckily, I found a copy thru Amazon for just £3 (new) so not much of a risk :-) Might I recommend that you take a look at Cathy Johnson's "Discover the joy of Art Journaling"? It's a great read and has got me looking at my art hobby in a completely new light.


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