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A Girl Named Zippy

Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana

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Description

The New York Times bestselling memoir about growing up in small-town Indiana, from the author of The Solace of Leaving Early.

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 01, 2001 – It's a clich to say that a good memoir reads like a well-crafted work of fiction, but Kimmel's smooth, impeccably humorous prose evokes her childhood as vividly as any novel. Born in 1965, she grew up in Mooreland, Ind., a place that by some "mysterious and powerful mathematical principle" perpetually retains a population of 300, a place where there's no point learning the street names because it's just as easy to say, "We live at the four-way stop sign." Hers is less a formal autobiography than a collection of vignettes comprising the things a small child would remember: sick birds, a new bike, reading comics at the drugstore, the mean old lady down the street. The truths of childhood are rendered in lush yet simple prose; here's Zippy describing a friend who hates wearing girls' clothes: "Julie in a dress was like the rest of us in quicksand." Over and over, we encounter pearls of third-grade wisdom revealed in a child's assured voice: "There are a finite number of times one can safely climb the same tree in a single day"; or, regarding Jesus, "Everyone around me was flat-out in love with him, and who wouldn't be? He was good with animals, he loved his mother, and he wasn't afraid of blind people."

Customer Reviews

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.)

On my short list of favorite books!

I've read Zippy several times, and every time I find it at Half Price Books, I buy a copy to give away to someone I love. Hilarious, touching, amazing. Thank you, Haven Kimmel, for sharing this with us.

Rich, warm and utterly satisfying

Rich, warm and utterly satisfying. As deeply personal and rewarding as a book can be. Vivid, colorful, will stay with you for a long time.

A Girl Named Zippy
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Mar 20, 2001
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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