• She Got Up Off the Couch

  • By: Haven Kimmel
  • Narrated by: Haven Kimmel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)

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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.

©2006 Svarakimmel Productions, LLC (P)2006 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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Captivating

After listening to "A Girl Named Zippy", which I didn't want to end, I of course had to listen to "She Got Up Off the Couch." I could listen to both of these over and over. I laughed out loud so many times. I want Haven Kimmel to write a sequel to her sequel. Give it a listen. It is great!!!!

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Another great listen, slightly more bittersweet

This is a sequel to A Girl Named Zippy, which I just finished. I immensely enjoyed it and couldn't wait to start this one.

This second book continues in the same light as the first Zippy story, with "essays" or vignettes of Zippy's early life story, as narrated by the author, who in reality is Zippy. She does an excellent job of capturing the child, Zippy's, voice. Again, lots of laugh out loud moments, incredibly funny experiences, but here we feel more of the bittersweet aspect of Zippy's memories. As she gets older, you get more of a feel of the lack of parenting and neglect suffered by the child, who never complains or even knows as a child what she is missing.

This book focuses a bit more on the relationship Zippy has with her beloved father and her mother, who finally gets up off the couch to make a better life for herself (and perhaps for Zippy, but this doesn't seem to be a direct goal.) I enjoyed this book immensely and got a real feel for Zippy's exuberant personality. This book ended for me with a little touch of sadness but much hope.

I highly recommend both books for a truly enjoyable, light-hearted listening experience!

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Boyd Thinks it rocks

This one moves me. A great read. Love the voice of the A/N. laugh out loud when I am listening.
listened 3 times, and also can't listen to a girl named zippy enough. Give us more H. Kimmel

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Sequel to "A Girl Named Zippy"

Almost as charming as "A Girl Named Zippy", this continues "Zippy's" adventures as she grows up in small town Indiana. But there are darker undertones here, and it's clear that her childhood was tough. Haven Kimmel is a wonderful narrator ( many authors are not). An excellent sequel.

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Even Better Than Zippy!

I was hesitant to listen to this sequel because a 'Zippy fan' told me it didn't live up, but I thought it EXCEEDED the original. This one pulls a bit more at the heartstrings and dives into the complexities of dysfunctional familial relationships, but I think that makes it all the better.

I want to write like Haven Kimmel, which I don't, but I want to! It's totally not my style, but I love hers so much! This was great listen, and had me on an emotional rollercoaster, which is good. It also reminded me of my own childhood (I'm Haven's age). It's filled with awesome stories and lots of LOL-ing, just as with Zippy.

Thanks, Haven, for a great sequel. Though, the abrupt ending made me scream, "Noooo! It's not over!" I was in her world, then shoved out of it in a heartbeat. That's okay, though. All books, even good ones, have to end.

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Excellent!

This is wonderfully written and beautifully read. I have listened many times and will again.

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Zippy 2.0

I don't generally laugh out loud when reading or listening to books but Zippy makes me laugh! Without a lot of descriptive words I can see her house, neighborhood, town, family, friends, and herself. I loved these books and will look for more by Haven Kimmel.

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Hilarious and real

Haven Kimmel has incredible wit and I love the way she describes the world around her. My wife listened to this book (recommended by a friend and she thought I would like it. I liked how among all the hilarious stories of her childhood she wove in brave example of change and determination of her mother. So many stories of brave hero’s like her. It’s what America is about.