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  - mazda502001 - LibraryThing

A fabulous memoir filled with humour, great story-telling, gentleness and an insight into small-time life. Just loved it. Back Cover Blurb: When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Somehow I had gotten the impression that there was child abuse or at least neglect in this, but today my Mother saw a copy I was getting ready to put at my OBCZ and told me to read it first. ? So, on ... 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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