She Got Up Off the Couch

Five years after A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel returns to her life story with She Got Up off the Couch. Both memoirs are loving portraits of her hometown, Mooreland, Indiana, a Quaker community of 300 residents and three parallel streets—“the dearest postage stamp of native soil a person could wish for.” Kimmel knows that her Midwestern hamlet, like Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, to which she nods, contains all the larger human struggles. In particular, she sees in her “mother’s evolution . . . the story of a generation of women who stood up and rocked the foundation of life in America.”

 

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