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LITTLE HOT MAMA - The Flossie Turner Lewis Story Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 31176 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Stay Thirsty Press, An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (June 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UD7VOC
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Maria D. on September 9, 2010
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What an incredible read! Flossie's storytelling is amazingly moving -- hilariously entertaining one minute and painfully sad the next. As she brings us along her travels through life, it's as easy to get caught up in the thrill of a stage show as it is to get lost in the pain of her intriguingly flawed family dynamic. Flossie's portraits are so vibrant, yet there's no judgment in her voice. She allows people and events to speak for themselves. Flossie Turner Lewis is a truly remarkable woman whose story kept me compulsively turning the pages of this wonderful book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ann Woodmont on January 22, 2012
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Flossie Turner's life is fascinating, and is documented beautifully in this memoir. Her experiences as a performer from an extremely young age are especially captivating and not to be missed. From one page to the next, this story encompasses a full range of emotions. Flossie has faced many difficult trials that she worked hard to overcome, which makes for an enthralling read that cannot help but move the reader. Her triumph over illiteracy as an adult, and her subsequent work as a literacy activist, is an inspiration! This memoir has so much to offer, from a very interesting glimpse at American history through Flossie's lens to her compelling personal drama. I highly recommend it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacquellen Cicchetto on August 22, 2010
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What a wonderful story of survival and strength...an entertaining true story that also gives glimpses of american cultural history...I wish I could've seen some of the fun performances! But the book let's us get a peak!
Jacquellen Cicchetto
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LRM on September 6, 2012
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I'm very glad I read the book and I'm giving it four stars because I cannot rate it at three-and-a-half. Flossie and her family lived a very difficult life, some of which was of their own making. Her story is quite compelling and it was was an eye-opening read for me. I had no idea such performers existed so long into the twentieth century*. I had certainly never heard of the Turner Family previously and for that reason alone, I'm glad I happened upon her story. She seems to write about even her own character flaws with honesty, for which she is to be commended.

But I don't want to critique their lives, only Flossie's writing; she had a co-author so I would have expected a little higher caliber in that department.

And the writing is why I drop it from the four stars I would like to rate it. The writing was at times a bit confusing, such as the events and time line around her mother's death. I thought she died at the young age of forty-three, but then Flossie states she was in her sixties. And sometimes the tense would change in mid-paragraph, so I had to re-read a passage to see if I had mis-read it the first time. I guess better editing would have helped.

And then Flossie's attitude at times confused me. She knew what each member of her family was like, how they used everybody they could, but she continually put herself in situations where they would use her, and then she complained about being used by those very people. Her heart seems to have been in the right place, but I found the "why me" tone of the book annoying.

All-in-all, it's worth reading, even just to educate oneself about an interesting time in history. You should read it.

(*edited 11/10/12; changed "twenty-first century" to "twentieth century," which is when they actually performed)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rosa J. Hilliard on March 18, 2012
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This was a book I am very glad I read. Truthfully I could not put it down. Reading about a child who was not ever a child but a entertainer. Flossie Lewis was born to entertainers, raised to be a entertainer, and begain entertaining at the age of 2, where she was called "Lil Hot Mama", a name she kept until age 12. She had no idea of what being a child was like. Going to school was not even a option as the entire family worked the Carnival circuit, yearly until the Carnival went into winter hiatus. When the Mother tried sending her children to school one time, it didn't last long.Out of 4 children, only one could actually read and write, Flossie remained illiterate until her golden years.

While Flossie's mother tried to nuture Flossie and her siblings, the only use the father had for them was as part of the act.

This was a glimpse to African-American "Carny Life" as told by one who grew up in the life, and knew the ups and downs, the highs , the lows, the good, and the bad of the carnival life.

Although good money was made the majority of the time, the money never benefited the family, only the father's gambling addiction, making the family's life miserable.

This book details a part of African-American history I have only been given glimpes of previously. I read books about the great African-American entertainers, but I had never read one about the Afro-Americans on the carnival circuit until now.

Although there were a few errors in the book, I will put it down to the author having to most of the book from her memory, and a bit of lax editing. For instance in one chaper her Mom died at 52 next time it was 63.

Other than that, it was a great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By savannah ridge on June 8, 2012
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Many times this book turned into more of a "reference" Some of the descriptions were too detailed and it skipped around a lot. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it didn't skip back and forth to different time periods.(and I'm not talking about back story) It just could have been a lot smoother.

I would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy history.

Little Hot Mama and her family were very talented. They traveled all over performing in the circus along with other venues.
At times, they made a lot of money, but they spent it or their father gambled it away. The lean times were VERY lean.

I felt terrible for the children that were subjected to the man they called father. I realize it was a different time, but I still can't understand why their mother would stay with someone who made their lives so much worse.

I commend Flossie for getting her education regardless of her age.
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