A Girl Named Zippy
Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana
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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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book made me fall love with the genre
I was living in Japan when I picked up a copy of this book. There weren't many books available in English. I didn't really want to read a biography or memoir about someone I had never heard of, but it was this or another Harlequin. (gack!) I laughed and giggled myself into a frenzy. I realized a lot of these stories she was telling sounded like many I've told my friends about my upbringing. It was like trading stories with a friend. It made me fall in love with the biography/memoir genre and helped me realize that maybe my friends and parents were right - I actually may have a book inside me one day. (Of course, that would involve me writing, and I'd much rather just read.)