Network Morning Shows Continue to Wake Up to Book Sense

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NBC's The Today Show has announced that the latest selection of its book club is A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel (Broadway Books). In its Doubleday hardcover edition, Kimmel's memoir of small town life was a Book Sense 76 Top Ten selection for the March/April 2001 list.

This selection of a Book Sense title was only the latest in a string of picks by the network morning shows. Last month, the Today Show named the Adam Haslett short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here (Doubleday) as its "Today's Book Club" pick, and Good Morning America announced that The Lovely Bones (Little, Brown) was its August book club selection.

In nominating A Girl Named Zippy for the 76 list, bookseller Dottie Danner of Danner's Books in Muncie, Indiana, said, "This is the most touching, best-written memoir that I have read in a long, long time. Kimmel captures life in small-town, mid-America better than anyone. I'll be recommending this book to everyone I know, and it will be a bestseller."