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She got up off the couch : and other heroic acts from Mooreland, Indiana
Haven Kimmel
Adult Nonfiction PS3611.I46 Z474 2006

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Kimmel's exuberant vignettes, recounting her youth in Indiana during the '70s, were made to be read aloud; most sound as though they started as funny stories told to friends. Following A Girl Named Zippy, this book features much of the same cast of characters, including her aggravating but dear sister Melinda, her great friend Julie and her eternally uncooperative hair. When her mother rouses herself from her couch and goes to college and grad school, a whole new world opens up, as well as new darkness on the home front as her father has to come to terms with his newly empowered wife. Kimmel has natural comic timing and reads at a perfect pace, imitating her characters' voices just enough to get their personality across without making it sound forced. Listeners will frequently find themselves laughing aloud as Kimmel relates her charmingly hyperbolic takes on teen rivalry at her Quaker church camp, their house's infestation by mice, her fierce love for her new nephew and her mother's adventures in learning to drive. The candid, self-deprecating humor that suffuses the anecdotes is even more striking when conveyed through Kimmel's sweet but sly voice. Even when she recalls suffering through some fancy occasion that requires her to wear shoes or being in agony after badly breaking an arm, Kimmel manages to make the situation hilarious, and the effect is even stronger in the audiobook than on the page. Simultaneous release with the Free Press hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 10). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this hilarious and heartbreaking appreciation of her mother, Kimmel (The Solace of Leaving Early) takes up where she left off in A Girl Named Zippy with more stories about her family and friends and her hometown of Mooreland, IN, once again narrating from a child's point of view. After 20 years of marriage, mother-of-three Delonda Jarvis takes a television ad as a sign from God that the time has come for her to take a College Level Entrance Placement test. Her many years of reading and native intelligence work to her advantage, and she aces the test, but going back to college isn't so simple: Mrs. Jarvis doesn't know how to drive and has a minimal wardrobe and very little money. What she lacks in financial resources, however, is more than made up by her fortitude, determination, and ingenuity. Zippy's siblings, Dan and Melinda, make cameo appearances, as do her childhood friends Julie, Rose, and Maggie. Kimmel hints at rather than reveals the family tensions in these essays (with 31 black-and-white photographs throughout), which are destined to make readers fall in love with Zippy all over again.-Pam Kingsbury, Florence, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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