A Girl Named Zippy

A Girl Named Zippy Description:

This witty and lovingly told memoir takes readers back to a time when small town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period people helped their neighbors went to church on Sunday and kept barnyard animals in their backyards br br When Haven Kimmel was born in in Mooreland Indiana it was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people Nicknamed Zippy for the way she would bolt around the house this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears In this witty and lovingly told memoir Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period people helped their neighbors went to church on Sunday and kept barnyard animals in their backyards br br To three year old Zippy it made perfect sense to strike a bargain with her father to keep her baby bottle never mind that when she did it was the first time she d ever spoken In her nonplussed family Zippy has the perfect supporting cast her beautiful yet dour brother Danny a seeker of the true faith her sweetly sensible sister Lindy who wins the local beauty pageant her mother Delonda who dispenses wisdom from the corner of the couch and her father Bob Jarvis who never met a bet he didn t like br br Whether describing a serious case of chicken love another episode with the evil Edythe across the street or the night Zippy s dad borrowed thirty six coon dogs and a raccoon to prove to the complaining neighbors just how quiet his two dogs were Kimmel treats readers to a heroine who is wonderfully sweet and shy as she navigates the quirky adult world surrounding Zippy

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

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

She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana Description:

In this sequel to the top selling i A Girl Named Zippy i the woman rising heroically from the couch is Zippy s mother Delonda After years of languorous existence this oversized couch potato emerged from the den to pursue a higher education Delonda was well read but in other ways seemed ill suited for college This middle aged pound coed had a husband who disapproved of the entire venture no driver s license and almost no money Like its predecessor i She Got Up Off the Couch i holds our attention with its sympathetic rendering of idiosyncratic family characters Hilarious heartbreaking ultimately empowering

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

The Solace of Leaving Early

The Solace of Leaving Early Description:

Using small town life as a springboard to explore the loftiest of ideas Haven Kimmel s irresistibly smart and generous first novel is at once a romance and a haunting meditation on grief and faith Langston Braverman returns to Haddington Indiana pop after walking out on an academic career that has equipped her for little but lording it over other people Amos Townsend is trying to minister to a congregation that would prefer simple affirmations to his esoteric brand of theology br br What draws these difficult if not impossible people together are two wounded little girls who call themselves Immaculata and Epiphany They are the daughters of Langston s childhood friend and the witnesses to her murder And their need for love is so urgent that neither Langston nor Amos can resist it though they do their best to resist each other Deftly walking the tightrope between tragedy and comedy b The Solace of Leaving Early b is a joyous story about finding one s better self through accepting the shortcomings of others

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

The Used World

The Used World Description:

i It was mid December in Jonah Indiana a place where Fate can be decided by the weather and a storm was gathering overhead i br br So Haven Kimmel bestselling author of i A Girl Named Zippy i prepares us to enter i The Used World i a world where big hearts are frequently broken and sometimes repaired where the newfangled and the old fashioned battle it out in daily encounters both large and small where wondrous things unfold just beneath the surface of everyday life and where the weather is certainly biblical and might just be prophetic br br Hazel Hunnicutt s Used World Emporium is a sprawling antique store that is the station at the end of the line for objects that sometimes appeared tricked into visiting there Hazel the proprietor is in her sixties and it s a toss up as to whether she s more attached to her mother or her cats She s also increasingly attached to her two employees Claudia Modjeski freakishly tall forty odd years old who might finally be undone by the extreme loneliness that s dogged her all of her life and Rebekah Shook pushing thirty still living in her fervently religious father s home and carrying the child of the man who recently broke her heart The three women struggle separately and together through relationships religion and work to find their place in this world And it turns out that they are bound to each other not only by the past but also by the future as not one but two babies enter their lives turning their formerly used world brand new again br br Astonishing for what it reveals about the human capacity for both grace and mischief i The Used World i forms a loose trilogy with Kimmel s two previous novels i The Solace of Leaving Early i and i Something Rising Light and Swift i This is a book about all of America by way of a single midwestern town called Jonah and the actual breathing histories going on as Indiana s stark landscape is transformed by dying small town centers and proliferating big box stores and SUVs It s about generations of deception anguish and love and the idiosyncratic ways spirituality plays out in individual lives By turns wise and hilarious tender and fierce heartrending and inspiring i The Used World i charts the many meanings of the place we call home

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Something Rising

Something Rising Description:

Cassie Claiborne s world is riddled with problems beyond her control her hard living pool shooting father has another wife her mother can t seem to move herself mentally away from the kitchen window and her sister Belle is a tempest of fragility and brilliance Frustrated by her inability to care for so many Cassie finds in the local pool hall an oasis of green felt where she can master objects and restrain her emotions br br As Cassie grows up she takes on the thankless role of family provider by working odd jobs and hustling pool All the while she keeps her eye on the ultimate prize wringing suitable justice from past wrongs and freeing herself from her life s inertia br br In this uplifting story Haven Kimmel reaches deep into the hamstrung souls of her fictional corner of Indiana to create an astonishing work of pure heartbreak

Rating: 3.76 out of 5


Iodine Description:

Haven Kimmel the i New York Times i bestselling author has long attracted legions of fans for her insightful humane portraits of outsiders struggling to find their place in the world In i Iodine i her fourth novel Kimmel once again draws on her exceptional powers of observation and empathy but this time she makes an exhilarating foray into psychological gothic territory with the electrifying story of a young woman emerging from layers of delusion fantasy and lies br br With her astounding intelligence fierce independence and otherworldly lavender eyes college senior Trace Pennington makes an indelible impression even as questions about her past and her true identity hover over every page From her earliest years Trace turned away from her abusive mother toward her loving father Within the twisty logic of abuse her desperate love for him took on a romantic cast that persists to this day though she s had no contact with her family since she ran away from home years ago Alone but for her beloved dog she s eked out an impoverished but functional existence living in an abandoned house putting herself through college and astonishing her teachers with her genius and erudition What they don t know is that she leads a double life thanks to forged documents at school she is Ianthe Covington a young woman with no past br br Trace s singular life is upended when she and her literature professor fall in love She tells him nothing about her life and as it becomes apparent that he has his own dark secrets she s forced to face herself and her past After recovering a horrific long suppressed memory Trace finally copes with the fallout from her brutal bizarre childhood Kimmel parcels out Trace s strange dark story in mesmerizing bits that obscure as much as they reveal and keep the reader guessing until the end br br With Kimmel s radiant imagination lyrical prose and vision of a bleak and fertile Midwest on full display i Iodine i is a frightening and marvelous tale of life at the outer extremes of human experience This unique portrait of the psychological effects of trauma is tantalizing shocking and ultimately hopeful

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House

Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House Description:

The New York Times bestselling author of A Girl Named Zippy is delighted to introduce Kaline Klattermaster a little boy who understands the importance of a few good friends make believe or otherwise Atheneum Books

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Orville: A Dog Story

Orville: A Dog Story Description:

A big ugly dog is happy to meet a farmer and his wife who decide to give him a name and a home but not so happy when they chain him to the barn All Orville can do is bark to tell the world how unhappy he is and the more he barks the more he is left alone But everything changes when Sally MacIntosh moves into the little house across the road and Orville falls in love br A beautifully crafted text that blends wry humor with the poignant twang of a country and western song is accompanied by dreamy spare watercolor and ink illustrations for a fresh original picture book that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt lonely or misunderstood br

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

The Farm

The Farm Description:

There is a darkness so great it obliterates everything Even the heart It started the day the first horse died That was the day things began to spin apart the moment a shadow passed over the farm and would not leave The Foley family were in trouble long before that their land plunged into debt each of them struggling in their own way to stay afloat Asa the good hearted father Maeve the tough but loving mother Larkin the perfect loyal son and sweet little Morgayna the joy in all their lives And then set apart from the rest of the family is sixteen year old Kerry a strange reclusive girl ever distant watchful The horse was only the first one by one the animals on the farm start to die Then strange things begin to happen in the house as though a dark thing has stirred and will not rest Meanwhile Kerry is drawn to an attic room where secrets await they lead her back to a past she has fought to forget to the origins of her family and the genesis of something terrible What Kerry discovers there is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

Indiana Blues

Indiana Blues Description:

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Rating: 3.42 out of 5