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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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 :)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • kimberly
  • claremont, CA, United States
  • 03-03-10

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

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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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 04-29-13

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!

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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

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Zippy, part 2

If you've read A Girl Named Zippy, then you've gotta listen to this follow up book. It takes up where the first book left off, only the author is older now and things in her family begin shifting with a lot of changes. Almost as good as book one. I'd definitely say they are almost tied. You'll want to know HOW she got off the couch and what she did next. Quite impressive !

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Hard life-finds positivity. Love!

The explanation of her brother and father's relationship was very painful. I appreciated the raw honesty.
When the lap sitting was over...that really hit home as I remembered that period of my life. I came to the conclusion on my own but I remember the swift and painful switch in my suddenly being a big girl. It felt so lonely.
This book was amazing in that life was so hard but the author made the best of any given situation out of her control. That she learned so many important lessons through good, bad, and indifferent examples.
Way to shine through! Bravo! Now start writing the next season of your life. Please!

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Sequel to "A Girl Named Zippy"

Almost as charming as "A Girl Named Zippy", this continues "Zippy's" adventures as she grows up in small town Indiana. But there are darker undertones here, and it's clear that her childhood was tough. Haven Kimmel is a wonderful narrator ( many authors are not). An excellent sequel.

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Amazing Narrative, Truly a Joy to Read

Would you consider the audio edition of She Got Up Off the Couch to be better than the print version?

No, the author did an excellent job reading her work. She new how to deliver the characters perfectly and it really lends to the humor and ability to build the story in the listener's mind.

What was one of the most memorable moments of She Got Up Off the Couch?

The dynamic between her mother and father's relationship. Her mother is the central character and seeing her mother's journey through the perspective of an adolescent Haven really made you think about how you viewed your parents at the age and the reality of what they were really struggling through.

Which character – as performed by Haven Kimmel – was your favorite?

Herself. She did an amazing job of writing through the eyes of her adolescent self. I don't think I remember 20% of the detail of my though process as a pre-teen. Her adolescent perspective really painted the picture of this town and all its characers.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is definitely humorous. I appreciated the way she delicately handled difficult situations like her parents emanate separation and the suspected abuse of her friend.

Any additional comments?

This is the same caliber of writing of the likes David Sedaris. Loved it!

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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.