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A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indianaby Haven Kimmel
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When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period-people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.
Laced with fine storytelling, sharp wit, dead-on observations, and moments of sheer joy, Haven Kimmel's straight-shooting portrait of her childhood gives us a heroine who is wonderfully sweet and sly as she navigates the quirky adult world that surrounds Zippy.
"Kimmel's smooth, impeccably humorous prose evokes her childhood as vividly as any novel....The truths of childhood are rendered in lush yet simple prose." Publishers Weekly
"Her story is filled with good humor, fine storytelling, and acute observations of small town life." Library Journal
"Fresh, funny, delightful, and very amusing." Kirkus Reviews
"Droll and distinctive... unerring in relating the universal smallness of a rambunctious yet thoughtful child." Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Haven Kimmel studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
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