First introducing herself to readers as "Zippy" in her breakout memoir, Haven Kimmel proved that she's more than a one-hit wonder by branching out into fiction and offering a sequel to Zippy for fans who couldn't get enough of her story. "If you took the complete works of E. B. White and put them in a blender with the essays of David Sedaris, you might end up with a delicious concoction close to the hilarious, irrepressible charm that is Haven Kimmel," notes Alison Smith, author of Name All the Animals.
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The Used World Emporium is the sprawling antique store where Hazel, Claudia, and Rebekah pass their days surrounded by dusty furniture, cast-off clothes, and ancient housewares. But with the unexpected arrival of two babies -- and the unfolding of not one but three love stories, each spanning generations -- their formerly used world becomes new again. Heartrending, hilarious, and inspiring, this is the book that Kimmel's loyal fans have been waiting for -- and it is certain to win her legions of new ones.
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana (2001)|
The Solace of Leaving Early (2002)
Something Rising (Light and Swift) (2004)
She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana (2005)
Used World (2007)
Haven Kimmel chronology
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|A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana|
Kimmel broke the already-hot memoir trend wide open with her heartfelt, hilarious recollections of her childhood in the sleepy little town of Mooreland, Indiana. Said USA Today of Kimmel's debut, "Zippy's parents must have done something right to produce a girl who could write such a simple and lovely book."
|In an interview with her publisher, Kimmel talked about why she thinks the memoir is such a hot genre: "Memoir is so popular among readers because as a culture we are unrepentant and unreconstructed voyeurs, and that as writers we love it because we're lazy and narcissistic," she reflects. "It does seem that as the genre du jour, memoir reveals the best and the worst in our nature as consumers of literature."|