She Got Up Off the Couch

  • by Haven Kimmel
  • Narrated by Haven Kimmel
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Picking up where A Girl Named Zippy left off, Haven Kimmel crafts a tender portrait of her mother, a modestly heroic woman who took the odds that life gave her and somehow managed to win.When we last saw Zippy, she was oblivious to the storm that was brewing in her home. Her mother, Delonda, had literally just gotten up off the couch and ridden her rickety bicycle down the road. Her dad was off somewhere, gambling or "working." And Zippy was lost in her own fabulous world of exploring the fringes of Moorland, Indiana.Increasingly frustrated with the limitations of her small-town, married-with-children life, Delonda decides first to learn how to drive a car, even though she won't have access to one. Next, she applies to the local college, eventually graduating with honors at age 40. We happily follow Zippy from one story to another, but we know this is really her mother's book: the poignant tale of a strong woman who found a way to save herself and set a proud example for her daughter.


What the Critics Say

"The candid, self-deprecating humor that suffuses the anecdotes is even more striking when conveyed through Kimmel's sweet but sly voice. Even when she recalls suffering through some fancy occasion that requires her to wear shoes or being in agony after badly breaking an arm, Kimmel manages to make the situation hilarious, and the effect is even stronger in the audiobook than on the page." (Publishers Weekly)
"Only Kimmel could have added so much personal nuance into the reading of this sequel to A Girl Named Zippy" (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great fun !!

I read A Girl Called Zippy (or was that named Zippy) in actual book form before I downloaded this one so I had some idea of what to expect - I was not disappointed. It's hilarious and real - its the kind of book I would write if I had any talent. The characters are so odd yet endearing - the perfect cure for the "blah" book blues. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot :)
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- Kim "Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit"

smart and endearing

In general, I have an aversion to memoirs. But Haven Kimmel's reads like fiction, with characters one cares about. Get this book. Actually, get A Girl named Zippy first, then this book. You'll laugh out loud, maybe cry a bit...but certainly you'll be engaged.
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- kimberly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2009
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books