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She Got Up Off the Couch
Free Press, 2005, (ISBN: 0743284992)

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. 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.
Something Rising (Light and Swift)
Free Press, 2004, (ISBN: 0743247752)

In her second novel, Haven Kimmel brings to the page a heroine's tireless quest for truth, love, justice, and the perfect game of 9-ball. Cassie Claiborne's world is riddled with problems beyond her control, but as she grows from a quietly complex girl into a headstrong young woman, she keeps her eye on the ultimate prize: wringing suitable justice out of past wrongs and freeing herself from the inertia that is her life.
The Solace of Leaving Early
Random House/Doubleday, 2002, (ISBN: 0385499833)

In her rich and nuanced debut novel, Haven Kimmel brings to life two irresistible people at odds with their small-town lives and with each other. Told with remarkable wit and sweeping empathy, The Solace of Leaving Early is the story of finding our better selves through accepting the shortcomings of others. With gentle humor, beautiful prose, and a warm empathy for the buried wounds of the human heart, Haven Kimmel has created an unforgettable and wise debut.
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana
Random House/Doubleday, 2001, (ISBN: 0385499825)

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. In this witty and lovingly told memoir (a New York Times bestseller and Today Show Bookclub pick), Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period--people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.
Orville: A Dog Story
Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, 2003, (ISBN: 061815955X)

A big, ugly dog is happy to meet a farmer and his wife who decide to give him a name and a home, but not so happy when they chain him to the barn. All Orville can do is bark to tell the world how unhappy he is, and the more he barks, the more he is left alone. But everything changes when Sally MacIntosh moves into the little house across the road and Orville falls in love. A beautifully crafted text that blends wry humor with the poignant twang of a country-and-western song is accompanied by dreamy, spare watercolor-and-ink illustrations for a fresh, original picture book that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt lonely or misunderstood.
Revelation, in Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible
Free Press, 2004, (ISBN: 0743232763)

In this piece -- a retelling of the Biblical book of Revelation -- Haven Kimmel pierces the permeable boundaries and thin veils between this world and the next to clarify the nature of revelation and those who facilitate it.
The Most Familiar Book I Read, in Remarkable Reads
W.W. Norton, 2004. (ISBN: 0393325407)

Haven Kimmel's essay in this collection of short pieces (subtitled "35 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading") focuses on Don Kurtz's novel South of the Big Four and how the midwest's "harsh beauty" of flat, unchanging horizons -- and the harsh realities of farm life -- are what is most familiar to her.

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