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A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
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Nov 08, 2007

it was amazing
Read in October, 2002

This is one of the most enjoyable books I've ever come across. I tore through it, often laughing OUT LOUD in inopportune public places (you know, when you are reading something funny and you kind of guffaw and then catch yourself, stifle the laugh, and look around to see if anyone is watching?).

It's hard to explain what it is about, because it is really just what the subtitle says: "Growing Up Small In Mooreland, Indiana." It's an autobiographical collection of impressions, moments, memories, funny stories, dares, characters, struggles, and ephemera from the childhood of a unique & hilarious girl (nicknamed Zippy) as she goes about her days in the late '60s/early '70s in a very small town. Sounds like a totally touchy-feely Babysitters' Club premise for a book, right?

But it is intelligent, well-written (she really captures the voice and the perception of herself at 7 or 8), emphatically NOT-schmaltzy, and funny as all get out. And also shreddingly poignant at times when you least expect it. I bought this for all my friends one Christmas after reading it; it's that good, you just gotta share it.
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Kirstie Ah yes, I really cherished this one! I'm a big fan of Haven Kimmel's writing style overall.

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Amy I loved this book, too, and started sharing it with friends, never to see it again. It's time to buy another copy. Thanks for the review.

Naomi Campbell I read it and ate it up as well! Her absolute hilarity and over-exaggerations...that's how I myself think, and yet, she, nor I, really even comes across as dramatic (as far as I know!) I ate up the second one too, about her mom. Which Kimmel should I read next, you reckon? Any suggestions?

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