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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Born into Hollywood royalty, the granddaughter of the great John Barrymore, Drew Barrymore became one of the biggest stars of her generation. Despite an unconventional childhood, her life went on an incredible trajectory (in both good and difficult ways) after starring in E.T. at age six. She became an emancipated adult at the age of fourteen and built a life and career of her own that millions of fans admire. Growing up wasn’t always easy for Drew, but through patience, hard work, and great friendships, she did it. And now she’s writing about it.

Wildflower is a portrait of Drew’s life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences she’s had throughout her life. It includes tales of living in her first apartment at the age of fourteen, and how laundry may have saved her life… it was something she needed to master and while waiting for the launder to be done she would read books thus falling in love with them which has taken her to write one of her own… getting stuck under a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, saying good-bye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the life she has today.

And that life could not be more happy or successful. As an actress, producer, entrepreneur, and mother to daughters Olive and Frankie, Drew has found happiness, balance, and peace that is truly inspirational. From fans who love her work to anyone who has ever had to struggle to become an adult on his or her own terms, this is a book that will inspire, delight, and show the true meaning of family, happiness, and love.

“Life is like a shuffled deck of cards,” says Drew at Barnes & Noble in Union Square New York during her book signing on October 27th, “I hope this book brings readers pleasure and joy… make them feel lighter, feel something…” Inside the pages Drew shares a love letter to her dog Flossy, whom she shared an unspoken and profound relationship for over fifteen years, she writes “she [Flossy] taught me how to care for someone and grow in such a way that I could have never become the nurturing person I am today without her. My ability to take care of something and someone developed with her.” Wildflower features chapters that seem more like love letters to those closest to her, which are truly entertaining in many ways. Drew Barrymore dedicates Wildflower “To my friend family. My Flower family. My Kopelman family. And my daughters. Thank you. You taught me everything I know.” Definitely a plenty of feel good vibes, “writing right has been life, this is what I am supposed to be doing. Now that I finished a book, I wonder what’s next…” Hmmm, perhaps another book Drew? Yet, we are looking forward to your new film Miss You Already with Toni Collette and Dominic Cooper in theatres November 6th 2015.

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Three Questions with Drew at Barnes & Noble

Marsin: What inspired the book cover?

Drew: A photograph inside the pages of a Twiggy book. It was a black and white photo of the model, wearing a dress from the seventies and jumping, inspired me. For our shoot we got a trampoline, assembled it and had the best time.

Marsin: If you were not an actor and writer, what career would you pursue?

Drew: I love advertising. I would love to be working in an agency such as DDB Worldwide or to be part of Mad Men only today. Creating jingles, which growing up was something everyone loved and would be humming. Things such as these are getting lost today in social media.

Marsin: What would be your life-theme-song?

Drew: Good Vibrations by Marky Mark featuring The Funky Bunch.  I love it! It is a happy song, and I am happy!

Text and images by Marsin

Andy Goldsworthy at Galerie Lelong

DAVID MAGNUSSON at Rick Wester Fine Art