A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel

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While Haven Kimmel used to be born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was once a sleepy little hamlet of 3 hundred humans. Nicknamed "Zippy" for a way she could bolt round the condominium, this small woman used to be possessed of massive eyes or even greater ears. during this witty and lovingly instructed memoir, Kimmel takes readers again to a time while small-town the USA was once stuck within the amber of the blameless postwar period--people helped their associates, went to church on Sunday, and saved barnyard animals of their backyards.

Laced with positive storytelling, sharp wit, dead-on observations, and moments of sheer pleasure, Haven Kimmel's straight-shooting portrait of her adolescence offers us a heroine who's splendidly candy and sly as she navigates the quirky grownup global that surrounds Zippy.

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