A Girl Named Zippy

A Girl Named Zippy

Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

Book - 2001 | 1st ed.
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When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965 in Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred 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.

To three-year-old Zippy, it made perfect sense to strike a bargain with her father to keep her baby bottle--never mind that when she did, it was the first time she'd ever spoken. In her nonplussed family, Zippy has the perfect supporting cast: her beautiful yet dour brother, Danny, a seeker of the true faith; her sweetly sensible sister, Lindy, who wins the local beauty pageant; her mother, Delonda, who dispenses wisdom from the corner of the couch; and her father, Bob Jarvis, who never met a bet he didn't like.

Whether describing a serious case of chicken love, another episode with the evil Edythe across the street, or the night Zippy's dad borrowed thirty-six coon dogs and a raccoon to prove to the complaining neighbors just how quiet his two dogs were, Kimmel treats readers to a heroine who is wonderfully sweet and shy as she navigates the quirky adult world surrounding Zippy.

Baker & Taylor
An entertaining memoir chronicles growing up in a small town in America's heartland, offering colorful portraits of her family and her vivid encounters with the baffling complexities of the adult world, romance, and small-town life during the 1960s and 1970s. 20,000 first printing.

& Taylor

The author offers a chronicle of growing up in a small town in America's heartland, offering portraits of her family and her encounters with the complexities of the adult world, romance, and small-town life during the 1960s and 1970s.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385499828
Characteristics: 275 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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May 04, 2017

Touching and delightful. I also grew up in southern Indiana, though not in a small town, and as an adult I became a Quaker. Additionally, I attended what was then Ball State Teachers College in the early 1960's, though I did not have the infamous Dr. Satterwite for any of my English courses. So terrifying was his reputation that I carefully avoided his classes, in fact. All of the above gave me much to identify with in the story of Zippy. But all that isn't necessary for readers' enjoyment of Kimmel's writing and her story. I enthusiastically encourage you to read this book and the ones that follow.

May 04, 2017

please cancel hold at Greenwood library. Thank you. Lois

Dec 22, 2014

This is one of the more delightful memoirs you're likely to read. Kimmel's quirky childhood led her to a career in writing with humor, grace, and a respectful dose of self-deprecation.

p45ortia Aug 22, 2013



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