A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Nonfiction - Memoir
Finished on May 3, 2001
Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)
When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965 in Mooreland, Indiana, it 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.
My Original Thoughts (2001):
My husband thought this was a very funny book. I didn't think so after a couple of chapters, but then one vignette about dog-sitting had me laughing so hard, I had tears running down my cheeks! A memoir about a little girl growing up in Mooreland, Indiana. There were a lot of humorous passages, as well as some touching ones. I can't say that I loved this book (it's definitely not another All Over But the Shoutin'), but it was entertaining. Quick read.
My Current Thoughts:
I should borrow a copy of this book from the library just so that I can reread the story about dog-sitting! Maybe it would be good to listen to on audio.