I just finished reading “A Girl Named Zippy” by Haven Kimmel and really enjoyed it. It’s a collection of memoirs from her childhood in a very small Indiana town. Zippy’s friends reminds me of my friends growing up and how all we’d do is ride bikes and get in trouble. Her father, a man of few, yet important, words is described as smelling like Lucky Strikes and the inside of an old pick-up truck, which is exactly how I imagined him to smell. Her mother rarely left the couch, except to go to church, and was always reading science fiction books. In fact, Kimmel’s next book, “She Got Up Off the Couch,” is a book that focuses on her mother and the heroic act of, you guessed it: getting off the couch.
“A Girl Named Zippy” is great book and I highly recommend it.