Both were enjoyable and I will return to both in the years in the future.
Her great Indiana accent
No...I wanted it to last
This book made me laugh and made me cry. I think the story was better told in the authors voice. So many memories...
I must now read/listen to her other books
What initially caught my interest with this book was that the author is about the same age as I, and she grew up in relatively the same area. As I made my way through the book I looked for more information about her. I would say we are pretty much on opposite ends of the political/social spectrum (I'm very conservative, she is not). However, that does not change the fact that Haven (Zippy) is a fantastic story teller. She has the rare gift to put bits of humor in line after line. Humor, of course, is a personal thing but I found Zippy to be a real treasure of a book.
Kimmel provides a vivid account of her experiences in a household with a Quaker mother and nonconformist father in a quiet, rural community. She brings back the wonder of childhood, with the reality of human foibles.
I discovered Zippy after stumbling cross Kimmel's audio book "She Got Off The Couch" on our Alabama library shelf. I had to find more of this author! Having a connection to Indiana (growing up in a small town not far from Kimmel's dear Mooreland) and hearing the story retold in the author's own voice, recounting pieces of home was so addictive I couldn't stop. I felt connected to her and the family she shared with the world with poignant humor. I became a fervent fan and even cruised through her hometown with my dad in his '60 Chevy on my next visit home - and toured the Wright Brother's museum around the corner. Unforgettable memory made with my dad. If someone can turn their family dysfunctions into an enjoyable experience - anything is possible! I own both of her autobiography paperback books now, but nothing beats the first experience with a Haven Kimmel masterpiece retold in her own voice! Just do it. You won't regret it. "Life-changing" is appropriate, but doesn't even begin to do it Justice.
What a nice surprise of a book this is. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Heartwarming and real. Found myself smiling and laughing out loud at random moments ... You don't always see the funny moments coming. Very touching also. Highly recommend.