A Happy Childhood

Monday, October 18, 2010

I don't know about you, but when I read a book, I like to feel inspired, amused, challenged, and relaxed. I want to like the characters. I want to laugh out loud. I want my thoughts provoked. I want to breathe a deep sigh of contentment. Tough combo, and I don't often find it all in one place.

But I found it here.

I was drawn to the title, at first. I'd never heard of Mooreland, Indiana, but since not many people have heard of any of the Illinois towns where I grew up, it felt familiar. Turns out, this book is not about place. Mooreland, Indiana could be Any Small Town, USA. A Girl Named Zippy is really about the second thing I was drawn to; summarized in a quote on the back:

A Girl Named Zippy offers a rare and welcome treat: a memoir of a happy childhood.

We all had a childhood. Zippy's childhood was happy, but it was not story-book, spoiled, or special. It was not sticky sweet. Her childhood was ordinary, but unique. Rich, but sparse. Loving, but tough. Familiar, and yet, quirky.

The book was published in 1991, so you may have to hunt to find it. Haven Kimmel has written other books since then, none of which I have read. You can read more about her and her other books here. She certainly seems like an interesting person - like the girl who grew up small in Mooreland, Indiana.

Do you have a good book to recommend? What are your worth-my-time-to-read requirements?

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4 Responses to “A Happy Childhood”

  1. Oh, I'm due for a really good read! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. That first paragraph perfectly sums up my feeling about reading and also explains why I much prefer to read children's literature.

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