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A Kiss Before You Go

An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss

Danny Gregory


List Price: 19.95*
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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 volume reproduces these journal pages in 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.

Praise For A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss

"Gregory's thoughtful writing is accompanied by his stunning watercolor paintings, which are so rich and wild they viscerally convey the wide swings of emotion he and his family endured. But the book is not depressing-or at least no more depressing than life is. It's both a celebration of the woman Gregory loved and a clear-eyed look at the work it took to clean up the messes she left behind." -

"Danny Gregory has created an honest--and literal--portrait of grief, charting the life and death of his wife Patti in watercolors and words.... Gregory's struggles after her death are so true that you can't help relate.... Equally compelling is his progress towards rebuilding his life, the hardest and most mysterious part of a journey like this. How can someone recover? 'The daily Patti has been replaced by the universal Patti,' he writes. 'I think of all the ways I loved her, at all the different parts of our lives.' " --

"Personal, original, and vibrant." -- Steven Heller,

Chronicle Books, 9781452101941, 128pp.

Publication Date: November 28, 2012

About the Author

Danny Gregory is the author of five books, and his illustrations have appeared in numerous publications. He lives in New York City.