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A girl named Zippy : growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana / Haven Kimmel.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Beaufort - Bluffton Branch B KIMMEL (Text) 0530004424202 Adult Biography Available -
Beaufort - Hilton Head Branch B KIMMEL (Text) 0530002359764 Adult Book Club Books Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0385499825 (hbk.) :
  • ISBN: 9780385499828 (hbk.) :
  • ISBN: 0965030067 (trade pbk.) :
  • ISBN: 0767915054 (trade pbk.) :
  • Physical Description: 275 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2001.

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General Note: Awards and Notes: "A Girl Named Zippy" was the Today Show Book Club's pick for September 2002, a #1 New York Times Best-seller for many weeks, and a #1 Booksense 76 Best-seller. *|* 'Qualities of Light' was an early title for Zippy, which was followed by 'Mooreland, Indiana' before Zippy was selected as the final title. *|* 'A Small-town Seventies Childhood' seems to be an unused subtitle for the second UK printing of Zippy (ISBN: 0091892406). The actual (i.e., production) subtitle is 'Growing Up Sparky in an Innocent World'. *|* Was there a Quality Paperback Book Club edition? *|* Zippy was reviewed by Sanford Pinsker in the Winter 2002 Georgia Review and the Spring 2003 Sewanee Review, 111(2), 311-320. -- | 9-18-2009
Formatted Contents Note: Baby book -- Hair -- The lion -- Qualities of lights, or disasters -- Involving animals -- Julie hit me three times -- Daniel -- There she is -- Blood of the Lamb -- Unexpected injuries -- The kindness of strangers -- Favors for friends -- Haunted houses -- Professionals -- Chance -- A short list of things my father lost gambling -- The world of ideas -- Location -- Diner -- Slumber party -- ESP -- Interior design -- Cemetery -- Drift away -- Reading list -- Arisen -- The social gospel -- The letter.
Summary, etc.: An entertaining memoir chronicles growing up in a small town in America's heartland, offering colorful portraits of her family and her vivid encounters with the baffling complexities of the adult world, romance, and small-town life during the 1960s and 1970s.
Publishers Weekly Review: It's a cliche to say that a good memoir reads like a well-crafted work of fiction, but Kimmel's smooth, impeccably humorous prose evokes her childhood as vividly as any novel. 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 less a formal autobiography than a collection of vignettes comprising the things a small child would remember: sick birds, a new bike, reading comics at the drugstore, the mean old lady down the street. The truths of childhood are rendered in lush yet simple prose; here's Zippy describing a friend who hates wearing girls' clothes: "Julie in a dress was like the rest of us in quicksand." Over and over, we encounter pearls of third-grade wisdom revealed in a child's assured voice: "There are a finite number of times one can safely climb the same tree in a single day"; or, regarding Jesus, "Everyone around me was flat-out in love with him, and who wouldn't be? He was good with animals, he loved his mother, and he wasn't afraid of blind people." The startling baby photograph on the cover should catch browsers' eyes.
Subject: Kimmel, Haven, 1965- > Childhood and youth.
Girls > Indiana > Mooreland > Biography.
City and town life > Indiana > Mooreland.
Mooreland (Ind.) > Biography.
Mooreland (Ind.) > Social life and customs > 20th century.
Genre: Autobiography.
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