A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana

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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.

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About Haven Kimmel

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Haven Kimmel is the author of The Used World, She Got Up Off the Couch, Something Rising (Light and Swift), The Solace of Leaving Early, and A Girl Named Zippy. She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, N.C. Peter Brown is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder and Flight of the Dodo.  He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California.  He now lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Visit Peter at www.peterbrownstudio.com.
Published June 18, 2002 by Broadway Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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All the ordinary stuff of childhood—building a bicycle with her father, throwing up in the local diner, fighting with schoolmates, going to Easter sunrise services with her mother—is recalled and told in the appealing voice of a scrappy, naïve kid.

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Born in 1965, she grew up in Mooreland, Ind., a place that by some ""mysterious and powerful mathematical principle"" perpetually retains a population of 300, a place where there's no point learning the street names because it's just as easy to say, ""We live at the four-way stop sign."" Hers is ...

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Haven Kimmel's A Girl Named Zippy is a memoir of childhood in Mooreland, Indiana, whose population stayed steady at 300 throughout the decades.

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When Haven Kimmel told her family she planned to write A Girl Named Zippy (Doubleday, $21), a memoir about their hometown, her older sister scoffed, ''I know who might read such a book.

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Haven's descriptive words struck such a cord with me because if you have lived in a small town, you find many of the colorful characters that people this book.

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The caboose in her family, late to talk and late to grow hair, little Zippy seems more like her family’s mascot than their third child, and even as a kid she seems to know she has more leeway and can exist more languidly in her childhood fancies than perhaps her siblings were able to.

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