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She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana
by Haven Kimmel

Published: 2005-12-27
Hardcover : 320 pages
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Haven Kimmel draws readers in with her easygoing manner and ability to entertain, but surprises with a bittersweet paean to childhood naïveté."-- Publishers Weekly

The # 1 New York Times bestseller A Girl Named Zippy was a rare and welcome treat: a memoir of a happy childhood. ...

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Haven Kimmel draws readers in with her easygoing manner and ability to entertain, but surprises with a bittersweet paean to childhood naïveté."-- Publishers Weekly

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 more 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.

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Mr. Antrobus:


Well, how's the whole crooked family?
-- Thornton Wilder,
The Skin of Our Teeth, Act I


The Test

The couch in the den was the color the crayon people called Flesh even though it resembled no human or animal flesh on Planet Earth, and the couch fabric was nubbled in a pattern of diamonds. It was best to prevent the nubbles from coming into direct contact with one's real Flesh, so there was usually a blanket or a towel or clothing spread out as a buffer. Also no one wanted to pick up the blanket, the towel, and the clothing and fold them. Or even pick them up. So it was a fine arrangement. ... view entire excerpt...

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  "An enjoyable collection of essays creating a great view of the author's life at ~10"by sklewis (see profile) 11/30/06

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Really took me back to my childhood.

 
  "Pretty good"by strauba (see profile) 11/28/06

Both books by Kimmel were enjoyable, but I was not driven to finish them, picked them up to read when the narratives in more interesting books I was ready got slow! Interesting but in the way of all memoirs... (read more)

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