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A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indianaby Haven Kimmel
Synopses & Reviews
"Almost dreamlike in some of her] elusive storytelling, Kimmel] pulls off a feat that's harder than it looks: write for adults from a child’s perspective . . . Zippy's parents must have done something right to produce a girl who could write such a simple and lovely book."
"A Girl Named Zippy seems to be about the cleverest . . . memoir ever. Kimmel is] a born storyteller . . . I imagine everyone in the world would be grateful for Kimmel's book."
"Very engaging, funny . . . it could be a cheerier version of the Leechfield, Texas, Mary Karr chronicled in The Liar's Club, if drunks never got ugly and if fathers never took a belt to their kids."
"Delightfully wry (and sometimes laugh-out-loud-funny)."
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this memoir, the author "takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent post-war period--people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards."--Jacket.
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.
Table of Contents
Baby book — Hair — The lion — Qualities of lights, or disasters — Involving animals — Julie hit me three times — Daniel — There she is — Blood of the Lamb — Unexpected injuries — The kindness of strangers — Favors for friends — Haunted houses — Professionals — Chance — A short list of things my father lost gambling — The world of ideas — Location — Diner — Slumber party — ESP — Interior design — Cemetery — Drift away — Reading list — Arisen — The social gospel — The letter.
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