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About the Author

Chrissie Anderson Peters grew up in Tazewell, Virginia. She graduated from Tazewell High School, and completed her BA in English/Education from Emory & Henry College. She received her Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. She currently works as a librarian at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee. She resides in Bristol, Tennessee, with her husband Russell and their feline children. For more information, check out her website, www.ChrissieAndersonPeters.com, or email her at TheWriteWayToGo@gmail.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: CAP Publishing (June 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985257407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985257408
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,039,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Appalachian born and raised, but I approach "Appalachian lit" with a great deal of caution. Most of the time what I read doesn't reflect life as I know it. I'm not saying the authors are wrong, just that I don't equate their experience with mine. Often the views are very bleak and depressing and frankly, there's enough depressing around already. I also don't care for the opposite idea that everything was all peaches and cream back in the good ol' days. Truth lies in the middle.

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.
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This was to say the least a very interesting book for people who are familiar with the Appalachians and who know what it was like to be raised there and around the area-it's truly interesting and I enjoyed it very much. I would recommend it to anyone who just loves to read it's worth it!
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This collection is an incredibly honest look at life in small-town Appalachia and beyond, and Chrissie's approach to telling each and every one of the stories and poems in this book is straightforward, yet full of emotion. I found myself smiling, laughing, crying, and simply nodding my head as I was pulled into a world that was familiar and comforting. This collection is proof that there are lessons to be learned in the most unremarkable and routine of situations, that beauty can be ugly and ugly can be beautiful, and that strength is best gained through adversity and challenge. Whether or not you grew up in this world, Chrissie's words will inspire you to remember and appreciate your own roots. And if you are lucky enough to have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. in your life, you will be inspired to take the time to truly listen to their stories and glean your own lessons!
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Dog Days and Dragonflies by Chrissie Anderson Peters is a collection of short stories and poems about her childhood and the things and people that made her what she is today. Even though our childhoods were very different, I identified with many of the feelings she had. I marvel at what children can consider 'normal,' and realized much of what would be considered 'different' by others in my own life.

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!
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I love this book! Reading the short stories in this book took me on a delicious trip back in time. Congratulations on writing such honesty and realism into the characters. Not only did I totally enjoy the first reading, but I am now enjoying the second reading. If you have not yet read this book, please allow me to recommend it. I am positive you will enjoy it as much as I have! And, the cover is absolutely perfect.
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In the preface, Peters writes, "The people, places and stories presented in Dog Days and Dragonflies are, by and large, stories of my life." This collection of short stories and poems presents a childhood in Appalachia surrounded by kin, from carefree preschool days spent with a great-grandmother with one leg to a dark day with a friend who whispers the ugly secret of child abuse. Of a young woman who tries to commit suicide to an older one who wishes nothing more than to kill her abusive husband. Of a teenager's driving lessons with her grandfather to a mystical trip with a boyfriend to Salem, Massachusetts. From a cousin running down the ice cream truck to a young child watching her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother wrap meat. All beautifully written, many with a wistful tone, reflecting a time and place free of modern-day electronic gadgetry where families were bonded and held together through the good times and the bad.
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I truly enjoyed reading this book! I laughed, I cried, and I remembered a time from long ago when life was slow and sweet. Walking back in time with Chrissie's stories and poems was delightful. We're sure to hear from Chrissie again soon. Absolutely a Great Read!
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