She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana

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The # 1 New York Times bestseller A Girl Named Zippy was a rare and welcome treat: a memoir of a happy childhood. Spunky, strong-willed, and too smart for her own good, Zippy Jarvis brought readers delight and joy. In She Got Up Off the Couch, Haven Kimmel invites us to rejoin the quirky and hilarious Jarvis family saga. Zippy is growing up and struggling with both her hair and her distaste for shoes. But this memoir strikes a deeper and more emotional chord, as now Kimmel shines the spotlight on her remarkable mother, Delonda. Courageous and steadfast, Delonda finally realized that she could change her life, and she got up off the funky couch in the den, bought a beat-up flower power VW bug (and then learned to drive it), and went back to school, which gave her the chance to gain both financial independence and, at long last, self-respect.

A true pleasure for old fans and new ones alike, She Got Up Off the Couch is a gorgeous encapsulation of an innocent time when a child didn't understand that her mother was depressed or felt stifled, but just noted on her way out the door that Delonda was a fixture in the living room. Kimmel captures the seminal moments of her mother's burgeoning empowerment with the full strength of her distinctive, deft storytelling, and with the overflowing sense of humor that made A Girl Named Zippy a favorite of readers everywhere.
 

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 January 13, 2006 by Free Press. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Most important, Zippy’s mother Delonda, who left behind her ambitions and middle-class background when she married Bob Jarvis at 17, decides to attend Ball State University.

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Listeners will frequently find themselves laughing aloud as Kimmel relates her charmingly hyperbolic takes on teen rivalry at her Quaker church camp, their house's infestation by mice, her fierce love for her new nephew and her mother's adventures in learning to drive.

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She Got Up Off the Couch is Haven Kimmel's sequel to the memoir A Girl Named Zippy, and it brings us back to small-town Indiana of the 1970s and the quirky kid she once was.

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Book Reporter

In this sequel to A GIRL NAMED ZIPPY, Haven Kimmel continues the saga of her family who resided in the very small town of Mooreland, Indiana.

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Entertainment Weekly

In her new memoir, She Got Up Off the Couch, Haven Kimmel dispenses more of the same literary Prozac that made a best-seller of 2001's A Girl Named Zippy — small-town stories that hardly need a point to wring a smile from the most cynical city folks.

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You get the feeling if he had been slightly more determined in his bullying, this book could have easily been called “She Never Did Get Up off that Couch.” Zip’s dad is mean and undermining and selfish but she can’t stop loving or being drawn to him, and the heartbreaking final chapters are some ...

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