By Haven Kimmel

ISBN-10: 0767913108

ISBN-13: 9780767913102

While Haven Kimmel used to be born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, used to be a sleepy little hamlet of 3 hundred humans. Nicknamed "Zippy" for how she may bolt round the condo, this small woman used to be possessed of massive eyes or even larger ears. during this witty and lovingly advised memoir, Kimmel takes readers again to a time while small-town the US used to be stuck within the amber of the blameless postwar period--people helped their friends, went to church on Sunday, and saved barnyard animals of their backyards.

Laced with wonderful storytelling, sharp wit, dead-on observations, and moments of sheer pleasure, Haven Kimmel's straight-shooting portrait of her youth supplies us a heroine who's splendidly candy and sly as she navigates the quirky grownup global that surrounds Zippy.

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A few days later, when I had been at the hospital for about six weeks, Dad appeared alone in the doorway of my room. He told me we were going to check out, Rex Walls–style. ” I asked. “You just trust your old man,” Dad said. He unhooked my right arm from the sling over my head. As he held me close, I breathed in his familiar smell of Vitalis, whiskey, and cigarette smoke. It reminded me of home. Dad hurried down the hall with me in his arms. A nurse yelled for us to stop, but Dad broke into a run.

When we put down the backseat of the Green Caboose, there was room for everyone to sleep, though sometimes someone’s feet would be sticking in my face. One night a policeman tapped on our window and said we had to leave; it was illegal to sleep on the beach. He was nice and kept calling us. “folks” and even drew us a map to a place where we could sleep without getting arrested. But after he left, Dad called him the goddamn gestapo and said that people like that got their jollies pushing people like us around.

All of Dad’s engineering skills and mathematical genius were coming together in one special project: a great big house he was going to build for us in the desert. It would have a glass ceiling and thick glass walls and even a glass staircase. The Glass Castle would have solar cells on the top that would catch the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity for heating and cooling and running all the appliances. It would even have its own water-purification system. Dad had worked out the architecture and the floor plans and most of the mathematical calculations.

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