She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 13, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 313 pages
The # 1 New York Times bestseller A Girl Named Zippy was a rare and welcome treat: a memoir of a happy childhood. Spunky, strong-willed, and too smart for her own good, Zippy Jarvis brought readers delight and joy. In She Got Up Off the Couch, Haven Kimmel invites us to rejoin the quirky and hilarious Jarvis family saga, shining the spotlight now on her remarkable mother, Delonda.

Zippy is growing up and struggling with both her hair and her distaste for shoes. But this memoir strikes a deeper and more emotional chord, as now Kimmel shines the spotlight on her remarkable mother, Delonda. Courageous and steadfast, Delonda finally realized that she could change her life, and she got up off the funky couch in the den, bought a beat-up flower power VW bug (and then learned to drive it), and went back to school, which gave her the chance to gain both financial independence and, at long last, self-respect.

A true pleasure for old fans and new ones alike, She Got Up Off the Couch is a gorgeous encapsulation of an innocent time when a child didn't understand that her mother was depressed or felt stifled, but just noted on her way out the door that Delonda was a fixture in the living room. Kimmel captures the seminal moments of her mother's burgeoning empowerment with the full strength of her distinctive, deft storytelling, and with the overflowing sense of humor that made A Girl Named Zippy a favorite of readers everywhere.
 

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User Review  - amyolivia - LibraryThing

It started laugh out loud funny and progressed into a deeply moving story. Told through short stories from the author's coming of age self, Kimmel's follow up memoir to A Girl Named Zippy is one of my new favorites! Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

We listened to this in the car. Kimmel has a deft touch with language, and a deadpan delivery that can be hilarious. A nicely crafted memoir, and one read by the author to good effect. A lot of fun. I'm going to look up the book which came before this, too. Read full review

Contents

The Test
5
Knew Glen Before He Was a Superstar
16
Cowboys
27
Treasure
36
A Member of the Wedding
49
Brother
59
Church Camp
66
Hairless Tails
86
Valediction
139
In the Mood
145
Fall
154
Experience It
169
Teeth
178
One Leper
188
Silver
199
Pink Like Me
223

A Short List of Records My Father Threatened
100
Bull
106
August 8 1974
115
Late Summer
126
Slumber Party 1977
248
Gold
270
Acknowledgments
303
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About the author (2007)

Haven Kimmel is the author of The Used World, She Got Up Off the Couch, Something Rising (Light and Swift), The Solace of Leaving Early, and A Girl Named Zippy. She 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, N.C.

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