Monday, April 15, 2013

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

This is a memoir and I haven't read too many of this genre, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's the book for this month in my book club. It was very well written-reading more like a novel than an autobiography (kind of like Memoirs of a Geisha). I did feel like it ended abruptly towards the end of her childhood and I personally had a hard time keeping track of what age she was at any given time in order to picture her in my mind, but it was entertaining.

Some of the 'red neck' things that happened both had me laughing so hard I cried and shaking my head thinking "They could NEVER get away with that in this day and age-even if they DO live in a red neck town!"

It resounded with me because of the fact that while her family had enough, there wasn't a lot of excess and how I grew up, looking back, we were definitely on a strick budget, but I never thought anything of it. I never knew we could be considered 'poor' even when we did back to school shopping at the Good Will until my mom started working once my little brother was in school. It really shows you that what you give a child in material possessions will not be the most significant memory they carry into adulthood. There are a lot of things that make people happy. And being who you are is one of them.

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