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She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
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Dec 06, 2009

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(Three and a half stars). Somewhat of a sequel to Kimmel’s A Girl Named Zippy, this is the story of her mother who, with the help of her women church friends, got herself “up off the couch” (and out of a deep depression) and got herself through college, then slowly, eventually out of a long but unhealthy marriage. I enjoyed Zippy when I read it a couple of years ago, and even tried to read this immediately afterward, but found I couldn’t deal with more of her style so soon. Maybe too much of a ... strong ... thing. That is, a strong style of light, humorous understatement to describe what was most likely a whole lot of ugliness. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see Augusten Burroughs listed in her acknowledgements--it seems they are in a writing group together. Their styles are comparable and have the same effect on me: I like it very much, but also tire of it fairly quickly and need time between doses.

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