The 1 New York Times bestseller A Girl Named Zippy was a rare and welcome treat a memoir of a happy childhood Spunky, strong willed, and too smart for her own good, Zippy Jarvis brought readers delight and joy In She Got Up Off the Couch, Haven Kimmel invites us to rejoin the quirky and hilarious Jarvis family saga Zippy is growing up and struggling with both her hair and her distaste for shoes But this memoir strikes a deeper and emotional chord, as now Kimmel shines the spotlight on her remarkable mother, Delonda Courageous and steadfast, Delonda finally realized that she could change her life, and she got up off the funky couch in the den, bought a beat up flower power VW bug and then learned to drive it , and went back to school, which gave her the chance to gain both financial independence and, at long last, self respect.A true pleasure for old fans and new ones alike, She Got Up Off the Couch is a gorgeous encapsulation of an innocent time when a child didn t understand that her mother was depressed or felt stifled, but just noted on her way out the door that Delonda was a fixture in the living room Kimmel captures the seminal moments of her mother s burgeoning empowerment with the full strength of her distinctive, deft storytelling, and with the overflowing sense of humor that made A Girl Named Zippy a favorite of readers everywhere....
|Title||:||She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana|
|Publisher||:||Free Press First Printing edition December 27, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||870 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana Reviews
Whether or not you have already read Haven Kimmel's other memoir A Girl Named Zippy, don't wait to read this; they are not sequential. I don't usually read memoirs at all because I generally prefer fiction, but Haven's books grip me in the same way that good fiction does. I find myself caring so much about the people described, and I ache for them as they struggle. One of the most masterful aspects of this book (as well as Zippy) is Haven's ability to write now as a mature woman while preserving a believable child's voice. I hope there will be more of these.
This is book two, a follow up to Haven Kimmel's first memoir, A Girl Named Zippy. You really wouldn't think life in a small town in Indiana would be noteworthy, but Kimmel has a great sense of humor which shines through and makes these books among some of my favorites. I've read them both twice, and recently purchased the audio versions. The author narrates her own books and does a great job of it.
I loved this book and thought it came from the mind of a true original. I laughed out loud several times (unusual) out of pure delight. Yes, the relating of animal cruelty is shocking (and very sad), but these things do happen. I don't think Haven would have related this stuff unless it upset her as well. Kids can be amazingly resilient. I wish I knew if any of the story was true. I can't help but believe it was. I found it 99% immensely entertaining and that for me is an amazing percentage.
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Havel Kimmel's second memoir has the same humor, unflinching candor, and gentle emotional impact of A Girl Named Zippy, so it was a true pleasure to return with her to Mooreland, Indiana. There was the added element, though, of hearing Delonda's amazing story. It's a particular victory that has echoes in my life, and every time I listen to this book I'm reminded to look back at my own accomplishment with amazed gratitude.
Like "A Girl Named Zippy", this book is a humorous and charming discription of growing up in a small Mid-West town. It's darker in tone than "Zippy", and I had the feeling that a lot of sugar coating was employed to keep this sequel in the same vein as the first book. Both are delightful reading, but be prepared for a sense of despair underlying the carefree tone.