A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

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Broadway Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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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.

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

The writing in this book is so much fun. For me that was really the best thing about it. (Strangely enough, I liked it better in print than on audio, even though it's narrated by the author; maybe it ... Read full review

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

Ugh. I read this for a book club, otherwise I would have stopped after the first chapter. This is a supposedly humorous memoir of a girl's childhood in rural Indiana. I found the writing style off putting and trying so hard to be funny that it just really really annoyed me instead. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Hair
10
Qualities of Light or Disasters
17
Julie Hit Me Three Times
31
Daniel
40
There She Is
46
Unexpected Injuries
61
The Kindness of Strangers
73
Favors for Friends
83
Father Lost Gambling
130
Interior Design
192
The Social Gospel
245
A Guide for Reading Groups
279
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About the author (2002)

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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