A Girl Named Zippy

A Girl Named Zippy

Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

Book - 2001
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A Guide for Reading Groups (or for Anyone Who Wants to Ponder Zippy Further) Whisking us to a simpler time and a much, much simpler place, A Girl Named Zippy provides a refreshing escape from twenty-first century woes. If your reading group has decided to treat itself to a Mooreland sojourn, you’ll discover that there’s plenty to say about the town’s most imaginative little girl (even if she did remain speechless until age three). We hope that the following questions will enhance your discussion, spotlight memorable passages, and make your reading experience even livelier. For information about other Broadway Books reading group guides, visit us at www.broadwaybooks.com.
When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, 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.

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.

Baker & 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 ; Broadway Books, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767915052
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

Chapel_Hill_KenMc 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.

jodihaven Jun 02, 2014

Laugh out loud!

p45ortia Aug 22, 2013


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