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LITTLE HOT MAMA - The Flossie Turner Lewis Story (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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LITTLE HOT MAMA - The Flossie Turner Lewis Story is about a woman of strength, a single mother who raised five children, a black entertainer who performed on the carnival and chitlin circuits, in speakeasies and minstrel shows, and in the swank nightclubs of Miami’s Overtown where the Turner Family shared venues with other greats of the day. From the Deep South to Miami, Puerto Rico, and Los Angeles, Flossie lived her life as a performer, a mother, and a woman who could neither read nor write. That was until she decided at the age of 65 to learn how.

Flossie’s story of personal courage, tenacity, and strong values propels the reader through eras of discrimination, broken families, and the itinerant lifestyle of a traveling black entertainment family during and after the Depression. It is both a time capsule of an America seldom written about and a testament to one woman’s triumph over adversity, poverty, and illiteracy.


FLOSSIE TURNER LEWIS began delighting audiences with songs and dances when she was just two years old in 1935. Known by her stage name “Little Hot Mama,” she was the child of black show business stars Hot Papa and Dolly Turner. Flossie, along with her sister LuLu B. and brother Junior, traveled with their parents and performed as the Turner Family Revue. Her own show business career lasted for more than 40 years.

A woman of strength and determination, Flossie raised five children on her own, despite the fact that she could not read or write for most of her life. With the support of the Fayetteville Urban Ministry, the United Way, and her local community, she was finally able to realize her lifelong dream of literacy and received a high school diploma at the age of 72.

A motivating and inspiring personality, Flossie has lobbied Congress and addressed countless clubs and organizations on behalf of adult literacy programs. She has been featured in print articles, public service announcements, and on television and radio talk shows in her drive to promote the importance of literacy.

A most unlikely partnership was born when Flossie Turner Lewis at the age of 69 accepted the National Award For Excellence as the Outstanding Student of 2002 at the National Literacy Conference and met writer Paula Meseroll. Their journey together to chronicle Flossie’s amazing, inspirational, and truly American life’s story took over eight years to write and reach publication as LITTLE HOT MAMA.

Co-author PAULA MESEROLL is a public relations professional and an award-winning freelance writer and columnist whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including "Syracuse University Magazine", "UB Today", "Central New Yorker Magazine", and "All Kids Considered". A summa cum laude graduate of Marywood University with a degree in communication arts/public relations, she is director of marketing and communications at Syracuse University.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 340 Seiten
  • Verlag: Stay Thirsty Press, An Imprint of Stay Thirsty Publishing, A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (29. Juni 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003UD7VOC
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HASH(0x9aea024c) von 5 Sternen A captivating journey 10. September 2010
Von Maria D. - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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HASH(0x9aea0678) von 5 Sternen A gripping memoir 22. Januar 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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HASH(0x9aea06cc) von 5 Sternen Right on Little Hot Mama! 23. August 2010
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What a wonderful story of survival and 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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HASH(0x9aea0798) von 5 Sternen "A" for effort 6. September 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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HASH(0x9aea0990) von 5 Sternen A Fascinating Read 18. März 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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