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.
©2001 Haven Kimmel; (P)2001 HighBridge Company
"Filled with good humor, fine storytelling, and acute observations of small-town life." (Library Journal)
"Kimmel's smooth, impeccably humorous prose evokes her childhood as vividly as any novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Almost dreamlike in some of [her] elusive storytelling, [Kimmel] pulls off a feat that's harder than it looks: write for adults from a child's perspective...Zippy's parents must have done something right to produce a girl who could write such a simple and lovely book." (USA Today)
I hurried to read this after stumbling onto the author's novel, Something Rising Light & Swift, and being bowled over by Haven Kimmel's clear and quirky style. I loved this memoir, her unsentimental and affectionate take on her slightly odd family and her little town and her dry humor. Her reading was perfect. I've recommended this book to everyone I know.
I have never read nor listened to a more charming and entertaining book than Zippy. Haven Kimmel connects with every inflection and believeable word. Each short chapter is a gem of insight into the life of this precociously honest child. If YOU grew up in a small town, you'll identify and appreciate all the memories that will be revisited. The sequel is equally wonderful. Its a great "read" on road trips. Seriouly... my favorite book ever.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I knew I wanted to get the two Zippy books, and then they went on sale recently. Perfect opportunity, and I downloaded them both.
I just want to commend the author, Haven Kimmel, on her wonderful writing and narration skills. All in all, it was a truly fun listening experience! Kimmel's Zippy voice was amazing--obviously, no one could do it better than her, as she IS Zippy! This book is very funny and had me laughing out loud many times. Zippy tells of her childhood in short "essays" and you really get a feeling that she was an amazing child who made her own way in the world by necessity, as her parents were lacking in many parenting skills. There was just a touch of the bittersweet in this book if you "listen" between the lines, as parenting Zippy was not a priority for her parents. Zippy quickly became her own person and she had quite a memorable childhood despite what was lacking in her parents. I felt I could listen to Zippy's stories endlessly and was sorry when the book ended. Luckily for me, I had the sequel, "She Got Up Off The Couch" waiting in my library.
Highly recommended.--not a child's book but a book for the young at heart.
Haven Kimmel's writing is such that you immediately want to know more about the characters and life in a tiny town in Indiana. Memoirs can be grossly self-indulgent, but this one isn't. It's just engaging, funny and charming.
I could wile away the hours...
As if Tom Sawyer's "little sister" had written her autobiography in a series of droll vignettes, except Ms. Himmel is a real girl, and her stories are artfully told. She writes really well, reads well, and tells a touching story about growing up in a kooky but loving home, in a community where mother is devout, father is skeptical, and the lady across the lane might just be an old witch. Recommended.
Listened to this on a trip to and from New Orleans from Indiana (a town just a few miles from Zippy's). Reminded me of my own childhood in so many ways and made me want to get back to writing my own autobiography. I love Haven Kimmel's adult observations about growing up.
Enjoy the author's humor. It was real read but it did not have any reality that took the story dark. A story with a good outlook on life.
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
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.
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