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

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

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, shining the spotlight now on her remarkable mother, Delonda.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743284998
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 1.00(h) x 8.70(d)

About the Author

Haven Kimmel is the author of The Used World, She Got Up Off the Couch, Something Rising (Light and Swift), The Solace of Leaving Early, and A Girl Named Zippy. She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, N.C.

Hometown:

Durham, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

1965

Place of Birth:

Mooreland, Indiana

Education:

B.A., Ball State University

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She Got up off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished, and I'm ready for the next one to come out. I always read before bed, and my husband doesn't mind unless it's hours later and I'm still reading. With this book I had to pull out the flash light after I had turn off the lights. I couldn't put this book down!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read ! I have never reread a book until this one and Zippy. Just nice to see them both in my nook llibrary, cant wait ! Havens wirting is so relatable, very soon into it one finds we care about her and what happens next...not dramatic, just real everyday life. Am wondering how well her fiction will duplicate this. To make readers care is a secret to good writing, a subtle mystery laced within the text, that we well know not all authors achieve. Haven has done exactly this, and so well !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very happy to see this after I read "A Girl Named Zippy." Both have richly developed characters that one can relate to and are really very funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by an equally wonderful author.
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MidwestMom More than 1 year ago
There aren't many books that you think back on and laugh about a year after reading the book....in fact most books you don't remember many details from a year later. But this book is an exception....I read it last summer and plan to read it again soon. I laughed in several parts (my husband looked at me like I was a little off my rocker). It's quit obvious that even though Haven did not grow up in the best of situations, she was loved and had great respect and love for her family. I highly recommend reading this book...and honestly can't figure out why it hasn't gotten more reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading A Girl Named Zippy, I bought this book, fearing that it might not be as good as the first. I was NOT disappointed! Both funny and heartwrenching at times, it is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. Zippy's mother is a true inspiration, and should be a reminder to today's young women of the struggles many women went through to get an education and career not so long ago. Because, once again, it's broken down into short stories, it's an easy read and I 'zipped' through it. I've become a true Haven Kimmel fan!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this. Haven has a unique style and some great laugh out loud moments. It was pure pleasure to read about Zippy and her whacky family again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A legion of readers responded warmly and enthusiastically to Haven Kimmel's memoir, A Girl Named Zippy. Warmly and enthusiastically may be an understatement as it became a New York Times best seller. If the Times had rankings for audio bestsellers She Got ff The Couch as read by Kimmel would surely be there. While her second reminiscence about growing up in 1970s Indiana is every bit as witty and affecting as her first, this time we learn a great deal more about her mother, Delonda. Mom's story is one of empowerment for women. She is the 'she' who got up off the couch. She did, indeed, and went to college and grad school. Delonda buys a VW bug that has seen better days without knowing how to drive it. Tales of her learning to operate a motor vehicle are some of the most smile provoking segments. And, education results in a changed woman - not at all the gal Dad married. How does he react to this? We're also treated to reunions with some of our favorites from A Girl Named Zippy - sister Melinda and best pal Julie. What a pleasure that is. A seasoned actress could not have given a better voice performance than Kimmel whose timing is on target and interpretation of other character's voices always entertaining. After all, who knows the speech patterns of her near and dear better than Kimmel? Quite often, for me, the audio version is more enjoyable than the book That's true in this case. Highly recommended - enjoy! - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long-time reader, I find it one of life's greatest and not-frequent-enough pleasures when a talented writer can transport me -- when her words seem to string together like railroad tracks leading to a place I've never been but, once I get there, am reluctant to leave. Kimmel provides just the ticket, all from the comfort of my own armchair. The people in this book and their circumstances are so heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time, I was sad when the journey was over. And it was over all too quickly since the artful chapters move along in the same soothing, and familiar clickety-clack way a five o'clock train might travel from one city to the next without it's passengers hardly noticing the distance travelled until it's time to get off at their stop. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been told this memoir was funny. I certainly do not agree. I did not find it funny and could do without more dead animals (this time a heap of mice)! There is no story line or continuity. (I also read her previous memoir and found it no better).