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Dog Days and Dragonflies Paperback – June 8, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
That's what I find in Dog Days and Dragonflies. It was a pleasure to read. Although it wasn't set exactly in "my neck of the woods," Peters evoked the sense I had of the place I was raised but she made her stories feel universal. The stories about her grandparents made me think of my own and those of my friends. One story in particular was chilling, in which she and a childhood friend talk about love. It's hard to pick a single standout, but the piece in which she learns of the death of a friend was especially well done. Peters handled the material exceptionally well, really expressing something most of us have experienced but doing so without becoming overly sentimental or maudlin. Instead, it's a reflective piece that made me recall a favorite poem called "Certain Choices."
If I have a specific criticism, it would be more that I'd like to see the author take on longer pieces or else do connected stories featuring the same characters. While I the stories did as she intended, I'd just like to spend a little more time with those folks in that place.
As for my rating, I don't often give five stars for books, just because I feel that should be reserved for books that have an enormous impact on me. Some people always give five stars, which makes me vaguely suspicious because while I LIKE a lot of books I don't think I read more than one five star book in a year.
Heartfelt and honest. So descriptive you feel you're right in the room with Chrissie and her family. You'll want to keep this one so you can read it again and again. Dive in and enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am loving this book as the stories are set in the area where I was raised. I recognise so many of the characters as people that we all had in our families, back there and then. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Glenna Tolliday
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The author captures the imagination, and takes you back in time. I highly recommend Dog Days and Dragonflies, and am anxious to see what this author... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by blueeyedelf
This is a great little book about the neighborhood I am from and brings many memories to the forefront that have been filed away too long. Enjoyed it.Published on March 25, 2013 by shelbyleigh
Chrissie has managed the magic of transferring her infectious sense of humor, personality, intelligence, and wit into the written word in a treasurebook of stories and poems that... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by chtn6288
I really enjoyed reading this book! First night I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. Well done Chrissie.Published on August 15, 2012 by cindy huffman
Having grown up in the region, Chrissie's tales remind me of my youth. I am fortunate to have known some of the (non-fiction) character's personally. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by ScottyV
A wonderful collection of fiction and poems about childhood memories of family, faith, and friendship set in Appalachia. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by julieann
What a lovely book to lose yourself! Childhood memories and works of fiction mingle within the beautiful cover of this book. Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by kraftfamily
Dogdays and Dragonflies will take you back to a time when children played outside,respected the family,went to church and learned to reach for their dreams. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by revapruett