Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel's memoir was like going home. It unlocked my 8 year old mind and took me back to the years where your biggest concern was your cat's missing tail, your best friends older brother, and who can cross the monkey bars fastest. If you love To Kill A Mockingbird then you will love this book too.

From Publishers Weekly
It's a clich‚ to say that a good memoir reads like a well-crafted work of fiction, but Kimmel's smooth, impeccably humorous prose evokes her childhood as vividly as any novel. Born in 1965, she grew up in Mooreland, Ind., a place that by some "mysterious and powerful mathematical principle" perpetually retains a population of 300, a place where there's no point learning the street names because it's just as easy to say, "We live at the four-way stop sign." Hers is less a formal autobiography than a collection of vignettes comprising the things a small child would remember: sick birds, a new bike, reading comics at the drugstore, the mean old lady down the street. The truths of childhood are rendered in lush yet simple prose; here's Zippy describing a friend who hates wearing girls' clothes: "Julie in a dress was like the rest of us in quicksand." Over and over, we encounter pearls of third-grade wisdom revealed in a child's assured voice: "There are a finite number of times one can safely climb the same tree in a single day"; or, regarding Jesus, "Everyone around me was flat-out in love with him, and who wouldn't be? He was good with animals, he loved his mother, and he wasn't afraid of blind people."

1 comment:

Tierra Lynne said...

Hey Andrea, I was wondering who has the challenge for the month of June or July? I've really been absent on the last two challenges but not on purpose! My best friend is getting married and I've been REALLY busy doing the bridal shower and planning etc...

So I would love to have either June or July. I've been thinking about what I would like to challenge, so let me know which month is free.