"Dragonfly Notes took me home to the Midwest I grew up in, with its casseroles and lemon desserts, and my cousins waiting for us to gather after the funeral at their place, 'a mile out of town,' smack in the middle of cornfields and enormous farm machinery parked around the periphery like hulking dinosaurs. But you don’t have to have been brought up on letter jackets and John Deere to be taken by the lyricism and power of this memoir. Dragonfly Notes is Panning’s bruising and beautiful remembrance of her mother, who in high school took a wrong turn into an unhappy marriage. It is also the story of how we carry our childhoods through our lives and on into the raising of our own children. This is a book you will read, love, learn from, and share with others."
- Ned Stuckey-French, author of The American Essay in the American Century
The emptiness left behind when a beloved parent dies is near impossible to describe, but Anne Panning, in Dragonfly Notes, manages to fill those hollow spaces with vivid characters, brilliant settings, keen honesty, and her accessible, inviting voice. This is a love-filled book that also acknowledges the complexity of life and parenting.
- Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire