Prime I am Sophie Tucker Author Susan Ecker –

Features ThanBeautiful Color AndBlack And White Period IllustrationsPart Fairy Tale, Part Crime Novel, Part Rags To Riches Hollywood Myth, I Am Sophie Tucker Tells The Outrageous Story Of One Of Showbiz S Biggest PersonalitiesFromThrough The Beginning Of Television, Sophie Tucker And Her Bawdy, Brash, And Risqu Songs Paved The Way For Performers Such As West, Monroe, Midler, Cher, Madonna, And Gaga Sophie Was Like The Forrest Gump Of The First Half Of The S, Says Co Author Susan Ecker She Was Close Friends With Seven Presidents, King George VI, Young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra And Every Other Notable Of Her Era Tucker Tried To Get Her Story Published For Nine Years, Without Success Undaunted, Sophie Hired Half A Dozen Ghostwriters, But She Still Had No Takers For Her No Holds Barred Autobiography Eventually, Doubleday Published A Sanitized Version InAfter Immersing Ourselves In Sophie S Papers And Surviving Friends, Says Co Author Lloyd Ecker, This Initial Volume Is What Should Have Been The Actual Autobiography Of Tucker Though She Obsessively Documented Her Life, Sophie Loved To Exaggerate For Dramatic Effect Over The Years, She Told Multiple Versions Of Each Important Event At The End, Not Even Sophie Knew The Difference Between Truth And Tall Tale This Volume Is % Fact, Lloyd Explains The Other % Who Knows I Am Sophie Tucker Puts Back All Of The Delicious Bits Nixed By Doubleday S Lawyers And Throws In Other Tucker Show Business Dirt, Intrigue, Arrests, Romance, Murder, Gangsters, And Scandals Now You Can Read It For Yourself

10 thoughts on “I am Sophie Tucker

  1. says:

    Before I started, my knowledge of Sophie Tucker was minimal and my curiosity was high.By 66%, all curiosity had been satisfied and my patience exhausted.As a fictional memoir, the authors chose a suitable voice and stuck with it However, with a bloated 400 page narrative, I wearied of the jokey, red hot mama tone by 25% One can only take so much of it.The tagline for this book refers to Tucker as the Forrest Gump of the early 20th century or something, and it s a schtick the authors ran with Run, Eckers Run It didn t take long to catch on that the big reveal of roughly three quarters of each long winded story would be a celebrity or future celebrity, or one of those interminable party yarns that reek of You ll never guess The stage boy who lent her his bicycle to pedal to her other vaudeville engagement every day was the young Louis B Mayer The gangster who abducted her for a personal performance was Al Capone Her wardrobe malfunction was saved at the last minute by Ethel Barry That squabbly Hungarian Jewish couple who helped her family on their migration from Buttfuck, Russia in 1887 were still squabbling in Buttfuck, Hungary in 1931 when she went there on a honeymoon Her horse riding buddy in the park was Nails Morton And when Nails got thrown from his horse, there was a hit on that horse, thanks to Sophie s loose lips Ain t that a scream But those gangsters are good people, says Sophie.I ll cop that it was that point which made me DNF it I was sick unto death of her blowhard fictional or no blatherings.Not to mention, the chronology was than a bit of a mess It starts out with her growing up and jumping into a career and then, much later, the narrative veers off into OMG, I don t care land with a tedious recounting of all the amazing coincidences and marvelous happenings of her parents on their long trek to America with her, Baby Sophie, in tow Her dad was personally ushered through Ellis Island thanks to the Pfizer Corp And her mom, meanwhile, got accused of murder in Glasgow Oh, and her defense attorney was her new friend s brother in law, Artie Conan Doyle Ugh, too tooooooooooooooooooooooo much.The use of photographs was totally gratuitous Mention the Beatles or Man O War and a pic of said subject reference was slapped into the text to illustrate.what, exactly The footnotes of Yiddish words were unnecessary If you need a footnote for schlemiel or schlong, I feel sorry for you It seemed apparent that the Ecker penned BS was whatever didn t have photographic evidence presented, which is why I m calling total BS on the parents framed for murder story because if it was that notorious a case, it d have been in the papers Yeah, by the time I reached that point, this schtick had long ceased to be cute Blah Some DNFs are well deserved This is apparently the first part of a trilogy I can t imagine what else there is to tell This would have fared much better as a straight up biography I honestly don t mind dramatic license, but when your choice of presentation is this one note and lame, then cut the blarney or whatever the Yiddish equivalent is and just give the facts.My Kindle suddenly lost 33 46MB of weight and is happier for it BAH LEEEET.ARC received by Netgalley.

  2. says:

    sigh I don t know where to start Let s start out with the fact that I actually liked this book Prior to reading it I had never heard of Sophie Tucker or, I thought I hadn t, but as it turns out I have a few of her songs on my old timey playlist and I like to think this book was a nice way to be introduced to her Introduced Because this is fiction But you know what I mean Thing is, though, it s lengthy And, at times, absolutely out of this world boring And then BAM, something will happen and I sat there laughing out loud and momentarily changed my mind about this book But in the end, it s too. insincere The writers have chosen a language and a format that is absolutely appropriate and anything else would have been wrong, too, but it s just too much.

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    This review and others posted over at my blog I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.From NetGalley From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqu songs paved the way for future female performers Tucker tried to get her story published for nine years, without success Undaunted, Sophie hired half a dozen ghostwriters, but she still had no takers for her no holds barred autobiography Eventually, Doubleday published a sanitized version in 1945 After immersing ourselves in Sophie s papers and surviving friends, says co author Lloyd Ecker, this initial volume is what should have been the actual autobiography of Tucker Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect This volume is 85% fact, the other 15% who knows I Am Sophie Tucker puts back all of the delicious bits nixed by Doubleday s lawyers and throws in other Tucker show business dirt, intrigue, arrests, romance, murder, gangsters, and scandals.In short, this book was cute I ll trust in Ecker when he says the book is 85% fact, because I m too lazy to do my own research Really, I knew next to nothing about Sophie Tucker before reading this book, except that she was a bawdy singer from the 1920s or so I just thought the book sounded rather entertaining, and it was I m willing to bet that all the major events in this book actually happened to Sophie and that the famous people she became friends with, were also her friends in real life.This book isn t anything special the writing didn t blow me away, but it did keep me entertained and gave me a few chuckles If Sophie was anything like she was portrayed in this book, she d definitely be a celebrity I d love to go back in time and meet Her sheer determination to make herself famous is inspiring There are also some great photographs and media material in here, that I think will look much better in print then they did on my first generation Nook.If you re a fan of celebrity biographies memoirs or the entertainment industry in the early 1900s, you ll probably enjoy this book.

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    I ve always thought it would be great to have lived during the Big Band Vaudeville era, where everything was big, bold and brassy including the personalities Although it wasn t easy for a woman, especially a woman from a poor family, to make it on her own, the story told in this book makes me want to travel back in time to see and hear these people for myself Sophie s early life was not easy, but she was determined to improve her lot in life Fame did not automatically make life easier for her, but she made some good friends that helped smooth the bumps in the road I enjoyed this book than I thought I would, and loved the photos included as well I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    I knew the name Sophie Tucker, but why I have no idea I can only surmise that at some time I heard a recording, or perhaps saw a classic movie in which she appeared The phrase Last of the Red Hot Mamas came to mind, but again, I didn t know why.Born in 1887, Sophie was briefly married to handsome, but irresponsible, Louis Tuck and they had a son Albert Louis developed a back problem when it came to work, but not when it came to dressing up in the latest style or going out all night and gambling every cent Sophie earned In addition to working in her parent s restaurant as a waitress, Sophie earned tips by singing for the customers She didn t quite see her life with Louis as her future, so with 90 in her pocket, she left her husband and followed her dreams.Sophie s professional career began in 1906 when she was hired to sing in a brothel the money was good and she sent money home to her family who cared for her son Vaudeville called, but not until she worked in burlesque as a southern woman in black face The story of how she managed to get out of black face and find her comfort zone, is just one of numerous hilarious stories in this, almost, autobiography.From these humble beginnings, she rose to be one of the most recognisable names in entertainment She was friends with the famous and infamous Household names such as the pianist Chauncey Oswald and ticket seller Luis Meir were her friends from the early times we actually know them as Irving Berlin and Louis B Mayer.Sophie Tucker personally hired numerous ghost writers to tell her story, but couldn t find anyone prepared to publish her no holds barred autobiography In 1945, Doubleday published a sanitised version those were different times Ms Tucker was the chronicler of her own life over 400 scrapbooks were donated by her to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Centre Another 100 are archived at Brandeis University, so the authors had a wealth of material at their command and they read all 500 volumes over a 4 year period Despite this wealth of research material, Sophie was known to exaggerate for dramatic effect She told many versions of the same story and events until not even Sophie knew which was the true and which the dramatized version The authors themselves state this autobiography is 85% fact, the other 15% who knows This is a fascinating story for those of us who might know the name but not why I love the anecdotes Sophie tells about her career and her friends When you consider her date of birth, here is a lady well ahead of her time She had the intestinal fortitude to leave a bad marriage, even though it lead to her being ostracised in her own community Asked to appear at a Shriner Convention, Sophie requested she be inducted as a Shriner as part of her payment what chutzpah If you think Madonna and Lady Gaga push the envelope, bear in mind Sophie Tucker s career started over a hundred years ago and spanned 60 years She was larger than life, told bawdy jokes, knew how to use her sexuality and paved the way for these modern imitators In I am Sophie Tucker there are enough famous names to satisfy the most avid celebrity watcher, but at the centre is Sonya Kalish, a big hearted, big voiced, womanly sized Jewish girl who became Sophie Tucker, The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.This Review is published on Starts at Sixty

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    Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s, says co author Susan Ecker She was close friends with seven presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Chaplin, J Edgar, Capone, Garland, Jerry Lewis, Sinatra and every other notable of her era I am Sophie Tucker is a timeless memoir on a entertainment icon I thoroughly enjoyed reading this awesome autobiography Her life was amazing Tucker tried to get her story published for nine years, without success Undaunted, Sophie hired half a dozen ghostwriters, but she still had no takers for her no holds barred autobiography Eventually, Doubleday published a sanitized version in 1945 After immersing ourselves in Sophie s papers and surviving friends, says co author Lloyd Ecker, this initial volume is what should have been the actual autobiography of Tucker Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect Over the years, she told multiple versions of each important event At the end, not even Sophie knew the difference between truth and tall tale This volume is 85% fact, Lloyd explains The other 15% who knows I Am Sophie Tucker puts back all of the delicious bits nixed by Doubleday s lawyers and throws in other Tucker show business dirt, intrigue, arrests, romance, murder, gangsters, and scandals Now you can read it for yourself.This book is the first in a trilogy about Sophie Tucker I can t wait to read of Sophie s amazing tales I received an ARC of this volume through NetGalley.

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    Thanks Net Galley and Prospectus Press for the opportunity to read and review this book I was intrigued when I received an email advising that this book was available to request and read I had heard the name Sophie Tucker, but I wasn t sure why or what she had done Wow, this woman had one heck of a life She hobnobbed with everybody who was anybody Royalty, celebrities, inventors, authors, you name it, she hung out with them I loved how the story was written and how when she would meet someone the authors would describe the person and the situation and then tell you who it was I think it got a little long winded when telling the story of Sophie retracing her parents leaving Europe But, all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this flamboyant characters life I would have loved to have hung out with her as she sounds like a real hoot I definitely recommend this book if you like biographies and reading about interesting people.

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    When I first downloaded this book, I wasn t at all sure what to think I had no clue if I was going to like it at all, but it wasn t had to get hooked with Sophie being the main character The writers did a truly great job bringing her to life The further I got into the story, the I felt like I knew and understood who Sophie was The surrounding characters, most of whom were Sophie s friends, because everyone seemed to love her, were also described in ways that made me be able to picture them even before their pictures were shown I did truly enjoy seeing all of the real pictures that went along with her life though Through this book, I was able to not only enjoy a good story, but I learned about an amazing entertainer and a time I knew little about I received this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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    I am Sophie Tucker by the Eckers is a free NetGalley eBook that I began reading on my Kindle shortly after Christmas I figure that, in winter, I m alternating between biographies and historical fictions, so Soph will serve as a little of both.One of the prime purposes of this book is to unload and define alot of Yiddish Jewish vocabulary and slang, which are kindly and irritatingly notated in a bibliography In this way, the narrative voice of Sophie seems too educational in a rigged way And, if that wasn t enough, than half of the inset photos are used to further illustrate Sophie s rigged narration in a name dropping, insincere way.

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    I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review If I had not received this book for free I would have stopped reading it much sooner than I did I got 52% of the way through before I gave up This is just a series of guess what happened to me type stories strung together, and not even in chronological order The book goes back and forth between different time periods in what seems to be a haphazard manner On a positive note The book is supposed to be Sophie Tucker telling her own stories and I think the authors got the voice and language correct for that effect.