A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven KimmelOur chosen restaurant ended up being closed so we had to make a quick switch and ended up eating at The Wild Grape and having a lovely, though unexpected, lunch. Our rating of this book was all over the place, so it gets 3 stars overall.
Sue said, "This book is devised as a set of sketches, although the overriding theme is that despite the group of eccentric characters surrounding her, Zippy had a happy childhood. Some of the chapters reminded me of my own growing up years, especially the interior design chapter where the different craft crazes hit her town. It's a fast read and very enjoyable, with some laugh-out-loud sections."
Alison said, "More a collection of personal essays than a cohesive memoir, A Girl Named Zippy provided me with a week's worth of pleasurable commuting time. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, it also has some tender moments. I especially enjoyed Zippy talking about her relationship with her father and about her mother's faith."
Linda said, "I thought she was a good writer and it was funny at times, but there were other times I was just disgusted - like the description of the state of her house, her describing her vomit, etc. Some of the things she did to deliberately humiliate the other kids, I thought were very unfunny. It kind of bothered me that the author could be making money off the story of her bad behavior as a child."