Quite honestly, the title of this book (A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana) tells you a heck of a lot about its contents. Albeit told with lots of humor and honest observations, this is truly a memoir of growing up in the 1960s-1970s in a small town in Indiana.
"Zippy" is a young lady whose real name is Haven Kimmel. She was born in the mid sixties in the town of the title: Mooreland. When Kimmel learned to walk, she was quickly nicknamed "Zippy" because she would move quickly from one side of the house to another. As Zippy grows up, she reveals small town life: church on Sundays, farm animals in backyards, neighbors who truly care. It is especially adorable to see the actual photo of Zippy posted as the cover page to most of the editions.
Through the stories in this book as Zippy grows up, we learn to love small-town life. Quite honestly, it's hard to do a summary of this memoir because each story is somewhat episodic in itself. However, let me give you a few quotes to get you started with two of my favorite episodes. First, there is the story about a friend who is truly a tomboy:
Julie in a dress was like the rest of us in quicksand.
Zippy continues to mingle humor with truth again and again, even about Jesus Christ:
Everyone around me was flat-out in love with him, and who wouldn't be? He was good with animals, he loved his mother, and he wasn't afraid of blind people.
An older Zippy writing this memoir has a gift in the innocence of her humor. In my opinion, it is reminiscent of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. There is a certain type of wisdom in that type of innocence that the older Zippy was able to harness in writing this book.