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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haven Kimmel Narrator: Haven Kimmel Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781598878905
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A tender portrait of her mother, a modestly heroic woman who took the odds that life gave her and somehow managed to win, setting a proud example for her daughter. Sequel to A Girl Named Zippy. Winner of a 2006 Listen Up Award from Publishers Wee Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 2/19/2014

    " Author from New Castle Indiana "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 2/14/2014

    " Compilation of random true stories from a girl growing up in a small town. She is a very witty storyteller and I laughed at several of her comparisons (we share the same fondness for items that are miniaturized). Wa a little slow at some parts and I did skip some chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 2/14/2014

    " Not as great as "A Girl Named Zippy," but I just had to continue reading about Haven Kimmel's life. I wouldn't recommend it on it's own, but as a follow-up to "Zippy," it's a must. Although, I'm still a little confused as to what happened to her dad in the end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Lueck | 2/8/2014

    " This is sort of like Kimmel's first memoir, but much more. She takes the genre and motivates it, gives it a true reason to be a real conclusion. The ending knocked my socks off, once I realized what had happened. It was good, very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/7/2014

    " Since I re-read Zippy for book club, I wanted to read this one again as well. More dark than the first because she is growing up and understanding more, but the story of her mom going back to college is so inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Char | 1/23/2014

    " I LOVED every page of this book!! It was almost a Junie B. Jones meets Mary Ellen Edmunds for grownups--though I was often reading passages to my children w/ tears of laughter in my eyes. Even w/ books I love, I am usually laughing in my head, but the bed wouldn't stop jiggling whenever I had this, and Brian could never tell if I was laughing at the show he'd be watching, or my book--it was SOOOO laugh out loud hilarious, but still enough real-life poignant enough to be rich. It felt so hearty good and normal to see I wasn't alone in doing crazy weird things as a child, and I had to keep telling myself that the amazingness was not really in the events, but in her delicious telling of them all. So refreshingly different and hearty, I can't wait to grab her other stuff!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/18/2014

    " Haven Kimmel has done it again. I loved A Girl Named Zippy and this book, I think, is even better. Written in the same voice as the previous book, Zippy continues her adventures growing up in tiny Moreland, Indiana where everyone knows your name and, unfortunately, your business. Much of this book, however, is a tribute to her mother who, in the last book, was spending the majority of her time sitting on the end of the couch reading, watching television, and talking on the telephone to members of her prayer group in her local Friends church. Receiving, she believes, a sign from God (given through the timing of a commercial on television), she takes the CLEP test, enters college, graduates with a perfect 4.0 average, earns a Master's degree, and becomes a English teacher in Moreland's high school. And what odds Zippy's mother has to overcome. She weighs close to 300 pounds, is missing a significant number of teeth, doesn't have either a car or a driver's license, doesn't have the money to go to college, and her husband is resentful that she has "gotten up off the couch". And yet she does it. While celebrating the power of her mother's will to change her life, this book has a darker side than A Girl Named Zippy. As her mother finds her voice and becomes the primary breadwinner for the Jarvis family, there are ramifications that ripple throughout the entire family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwen | 1/16/2014

    " Sweet, positive memoir of a sad childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/14/2014

    " Sequel to Zippy... also very good, and inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggiewheeler | 1/10/2014

    " Better than Zippy! It's a story that many people can relate to, whether you're from the Midwest or any other part of the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thethockmonthter | 1/7/2014

    " In the same vein as A Girl Named Zippy, but with a definite tinge of melancholy (or foreshadowing of impending disaster?)that Zippy doesn't have. Mostly because she is older in this book, I suppose, and more aware of the world around her. Definitely still laughed until I cried, several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 1/2/2014

    " Loved this book. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/24/2013

    " the story of haven kimmels mother is good, but not as good as haven's own "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/5/2013

    " I am not always a big fan of humorous essays, but I did enjoy this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen | 11/29/2013

    " women are awesome, it is never to late to start over and tell that big galoot you married to fix his own fucking dinner, you've got things to do "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 marymurtz | 11/24/2013

    " Much better than "A Girl Named Zippy." I found myself laughing hysterically during this book, but was also much more impressed with the overall story in this one, the chronology and the subject matter. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 6/19/2013

    " I laughed out loud more at a Girl Name Zippy. This was more bittersweet. Definitely worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 7/14/2012

    " Follow up to "Zippy" book and this woman is truly amazing. How many others are just sitting on the couch waiting for the right moment... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 3/21/2012

    " this was darker and less laugh out loud funny than A Girl Named Zippy but still really good and really funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 2/2/2012

    " Further adventures of a "Girl Named Zippy". Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/31/2012

    " another slam dunk. the sequel to Zippy. another must read. you will be hooked and love zippy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Star | 1/6/2012

    " nice,clean,work "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie owyang | 9/23/2011

    " the sequel to A Girl Named Zippy, about the feminist awakening of Zippy's mother during the 1970's. Mom learns to drive, goes to college and gets a job. I didn't want this book to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 5/31/2011

    " Not as funny as the first. Like a lot of memoirs, the last 1/3 of the book isn't very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/28/2011

    " Satisfying sequel to Zippy; I enjoyed hearing more about this unusual family and fun-loving girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorie | 4/16/2011

    " Haven Kimmel is at her best when she chronicles her childhood! Love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/5/2011

    " Haven Kimmel is funny. I would like to hang around with her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leeann | 3/3/2011

    " Listened to the audio version and loved it. Read by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 3/3/2011

    " Hilarious follow up to a Girl Called Zippy. LOVED this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/24/2011

    " Sequel to A Girl Named Zippy. Kimmel is such a good writer I want to try her fiction now. Not quite as good as Zippy, but good too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/24/2011

    " the story of haven kimmels mother is good, but not as good as haven's own "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/14/2011

    " It started laugh out loud funny and progressed into a deeply moving story. Told through short stories from the author's coming of age self, Kimmel's follow up memoir to A Girl Named Zippy is one of my new favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/8/2011

    " I really liked this book. It made me think about families and parents on many different levels. Really a great book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anndee | 2/4/2011

    " There were some seriously funny stories in this book. I really enjoyed the author's 9-13 year old perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 1/24/2011

    " Loved it, loved it. Just as much fun, just as warm, just as real as Zippy. She writes as a child and as an adult at the same time. Beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurelee | 1/23/2011

    " This book was not near as good as the first (A girl named Zippy) Reading it sunk me into a further depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/20/2011

    " I loved this book. It is much more somber than A Girl Named Zippy as you get a closer look at her horribly dysfunctional home life. I cheered for her mother while I wanted to weep for Zippy. I am still in awe of the author's writing style. "

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About the Author
Author Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Girl Named Zippy, She Got Up Off the Couch, and Something Rising (Light and Swift). She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.