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  • She Got Up Off the Couch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Haven Kimmel
    • Narrated By Haven Kimmel
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    When we last saw Zippy, she was oblivious to the storm that was brewing in her home. Her mother, Delonda, had literally just gotten up off the couch and ridden her rickety bicycle down the road. Her dad was off somewhere, gambling or "working." And Zippy was lost in her own fabulous world of exploring the fringes of Moorland, Indiana.

    Kim says: "Great fun !!"
    "The final story of Zippy"
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    So, mom was a genius too! This book contains some of the same hilarious and poignant moments we previously saw in Zippy, yet adds a dose of reality we did not discover in Kimmel's first tale. I really, really loved Zippy and needed more. This second tale tells us a lot about what was really happening in the lives of the family and in Zippy's head, heart and home. It is very real and at times very raw. Where Zippy left me laughing and quoting lines, this book left me with a sad, yet appreciative realization that life is not always what it seems. Kimmel weaves her amazing stories about life, growing up, breaking arms (not for the faint of heart), hair disasters, parent relationships, higher education and understanding of situations that can only come from experience in a way that captures the reader and draws you into the life of a young girl on the verge of understanding the world around her. I'm glad I read this second book, yet a part of me still wishes I did not know some of the sad truth this story reveals.

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5861)
    Performance
    (5082)
    Story
    (5072)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Different and Memorable"
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    I wasn't sure when purchasing this book, but the reviews helped me believe I would like it. The story spans the parallel lives of our key characters, and at every turn you think you know what might happen next - but it doesn't. A true "love story" created out of respect, good honest living and the decades it spans. The book bounces from character to character as the chapters unfold, but I never got lost as or confused you can in some books with this type of story line. My most memorable moment is toward the end in a simple and satisfying exchange between two friends who have not seen each other in 50 years, "What took you so long?" - "I had things to do". Brilliant.

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