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A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana | [Haven Kimmel]

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 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.
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Publisher's Summary

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 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.

©2001 Haven Kimmel; (P)2001 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    shopgirl Atlanta, GA USA 03-06-08
    shopgirl Atlanta, GA USA 03-06-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Beautifully written, beautifully read."

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Pratt, KS, United States 03-27-11
    Jack Pratt, KS, United States 03-27-11
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    "My FAVORITE Audible book... ever!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-29-13
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2008

    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

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    "Such a great book to listen to!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Engaging, funny, charming"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kay IL 02-04-09
    Kay IL 02-04-09 Member Since 2003

    Kay

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    "Wonderful!"

    A fascinating look at family. Funny too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Connersville, IN, USA 04-27-10
    Mia Connersville, IN, USA 04-27-10
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    "Makes the time "zip" by!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 11-25-09
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 11-25-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Definitely a fun read, great story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    No Suspicion Curry County, OR United States 05-22-13
    No Suspicion Curry County, OR United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read

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    "Tom Sawyer's Little Sister..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LB 12-31-12
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    "Quirky, charming, delightful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend to a friend, especially a friend who was a child in the 1960s or 1970s.


    What about Haven Kimmel’s performance did you like?

    The author's narration lent authenticity and charm to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Laguna Beach, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Wanda Laguna Beach, CA, United States 08-13-12 Listener Since 2004
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Girl Named Zippy to be better than the print version?

    Both were enjoyable and I will return to both in the years in the future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Girl Named Zippy?

    All


    What does Haven Kimmel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her great Indiana accent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...I wanted it to last


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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