books and reading

Recommend Me

Kate at The Neverending Shelf is hosting this fun weekly meme where you recommend a book, old or new, that you really enjoyed.

Today, I’m recommending A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel.  It’s a memoir of sorts, about Kimmel’s life growing up (small) in Indiana.

A Girl Named Zippy
By Haven Kimmel

Summary (via Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts:
A book that I’ve read more than once, A Girl Named Zippy reads like a novel and is full of hilarious, poignant, and  heart-breaking anecdotes and vignettes about Kimmel’s early life in Moreland, Indiana.  The stories about her cat, PeeDink, are some of my favorites to this day.  Kimmel populates her childhood world with vibrant characters and is able to see the world through the lens of a child while also writing for an audience of adults.

At any rate, it’s highly recommended.  Check it out!


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