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She Got Up Off the Couch | [Haven Kimmel]

She Got Up Off the Couch

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Picking up where A Girl Named Zippy left off, Haven Kimmel crafts a tender portrait of her mother, a modestly heroic woman who took the odds that life gave her and somehow managed to win.

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.

Increasingly frustrated with the limitations of her small-town, married-with-children life, Delonda decides first to learn how to drive a car, even though she won't have access to one. Next, she applies to the local college, eventually graduating with honors at age 40.

We happily follow Zippy from one story to another, but we know this is really her mother's book: the poignant tale of a strong woman who found a way to save herself and set a proud example for her daughter.

©2006 Svarakimmel Productions, LLC; (P)2006 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The candid, self-deprecating humor that suffuses the anecdotes is even more striking when conveyed through Kimmel's sweet but sly voice. Even when she recalls suffering through some fancy occasion that requires her to wear shoes or being in agony after badly breaking an arm, Kimmel manages to make the situation hilarious, and the effect is even stronger in the audiobook than on the page." (Publishers Weekly)
"Only Kimmel could have added so much personal nuance into the reading of this sequel to A Girl Named Zippy" (Booklist)

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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-20-11
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Great fun !!"

    I read A Girl Called Zippy (or was that named Zippy) in actual book form before I downloaded this one so I had some idea of what to expect - I was not disappointed. It's hilarious and real - its the kind of book I would write if I had any talent. The characters are so odd yet endearing - the perfect cure for the "blah" book blues. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 03-03-10
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 03-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "smart and endearing"

    In general, I have an aversion to memoirs. But Haven Kimmel's reads like fiction, with characters one cares about. Get this book. Actually, get A Girl named Zippy first, then this book. You'll laugh out loud, maybe cry a bit...but certainly you'll be engaged.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Billye Athens, TX, United States 06-07-09
    Billye Athens, TX, United States 06-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating"

    After listening to "A Girl Named Zippy", which I didn't want to end, I of course had to listen to "She Got Up Off the Couch." I could listen to both of these over and over. I laughed out loud so many times. I want Haven Kimmel to write a sequel to her sequel. Give it a listen. It is great!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 07-11-09
    Cheryl 07-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Boyd Thinks it rocks"

    This one moves me. A great read. Love the voice of the A/N. laugh out loud when I am listening.
    listened 3 times, and also can't listen to a girl named zippy enough. Give us more H. Kimmel

    2 of 2 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
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    "Another great listen, slightly more bittersweet"

    This is a sequel to A Girl Named Zippy, which I just finished. I immensely enjoyed it and couldn't wait to start this one.

    This second book continues in the same light as the first Zippy story, with "essays" or vignettes of Zippy's early life story, as narrated by the author, who in reality is Zippy. She does an excellent job of capturing the child, Zippy's, voice. Again, lots of laugh out loud moments, incredibly funny experiences, but here we feel more of the bittersweet aspect of Zippy's memories. As she gets older, you get more of a feel of the lack of parenting and neglect suffered by the child, who never complains or even knows as a child what she is missing.

    This book focuses a bit more on the relationship Zippy has with her beloved father and her mother, who finally gets up off the couch to make a better life for herself (and perhaps for Zippy, but this doesn't seem to be a direct goal.) I enjoyed this book immensely and got a real feel for Zippy's exuberant personality. This book ended for me with a little touch of sadness but much hope.

    I highly recommend both books for a truly enjoyable, light-hearted listening experience!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Branchport, NY USA 04-03-13
    Amazon Customer Branchport, NY USA 04-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The final story of Zippy"

    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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    elisabeth MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 02-11-11
    elisabeth MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 02-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "great light read (listen)"

    This book is so easy to love. I listen to books while I run and these stories are perfect for that. I love that Zippy herself reads and you feel like you have fallen into her very real childhood memories. They are as sweet and refreshing as an ice cream on a hot day. My children ages 17, 8 and 6 can also listen to them with me in the car. I hope she writes a third book of essays about her home town.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ButterLegume Middletown, MD, United States 12-13-10
    ButterLegume Middletown, MD, United States 12-13-10

    Books on tape -- every commuter's friend. American history is my choice but then, in books, as in music, I'm all over the place.

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    "A weak follow up."

    I absolutely adored A Girl Named Zippy. And the author as narrator perfectly matched the girl. Unfortunately, this book just kind of drops off the cliff. It just never quite... delivers. It was almost as if the author had something to say but either couldn't, or wouldn't. Whatever it was, it was a very unsatisfying read. The whole point of a memoir is to bare one's soul, such as it is -- anything less is just another story. A real shame, but she is such a talented author, I cannot wait until her next book -- which I will surely "read."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shari whittier, CA, United States 12-08-10
    Shari whittier, CA, United States 12-08-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Just plain entertaining,,"

    This was like reminiscing with an old friend about the stuff you did and thought when you were a kid. I listen to books while I excercise and I found myself ruining my pace several times because I was giggling. Nothing heavy here, but surprisingly thought provoking and nostalgic.

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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 05-02-10
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 05-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much swearing"

    Too much swearing. What's the point in a story about a little girl? The story is marginally fun and interesting but all the foul language pushed me away.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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