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.
Yes, I'd recommend to a friend, especially a friend who was a child in the 1960s or 1970s.
The author's narration lent authenticity and charm to the story.
I listened to "She got up off the couch" first. Absolutely loved it! Haven Kimmel is an excellent author and the perfect narrator. Zippy is not quite as good as the second book but still a really wonderful book. If you were a kid in the 70's you will probably love this book.
This was a cute - fun read - Zippy is a very unique girl and comes from a unique family. The short stories that tell her life are funny and you can imagine them happening to you. Can't wait to hear the other book from Haven.