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I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir

by Susan Ecker, Lloyd Ecker

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I really enjoyed this book. Sophie Tucker was a strong woman in a time that was hard on women. While the writing was well done and the story was interesting, the thing I liked best about the book was all the photos included. It helped to make the book and Sophie come alive. I received this book free from NetGalley for an honest review. ( )
  BevAsh | Jan 24, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book. Sophie Tucker was a strong woman in a time that was hard on women. While the writing was well done and the story was interesting, the thing I liked best about the book was all the photos included. It helped to make the book and Sophie come alive. I received this book free from NetGalley for an honest review. ( )
  BevAsh | Jan 24, 2016 |
3.5 stars
Sophie Tucker was unknown to me until I started I AM SOPHIE TUCKER. Starting the book spurred me to do a bit of looking into her and her life. There’s a lot to commend Sophie to readers. The Ecker’s have captured her boisterous and brazen voice perfectly. Sophie was a product of my favorite era in American history. The early 1900’s were a time of less stricture and regulation when the sky actually was the limit if you had the gumption to go for it. It’s an early who’s who of a time that produced some of our most memorable and notorious figures. With plenty of humor and a realistic look at exactly how hard people, regardless of age, worked just to survive; I AM SOPHIE TUCKER is a fascinating glimpse into the not so distant past.
It’s my understanding there will be more Sophie in the future and I’m certainly on board for that. The ending isn’t exactly a cliff hanger but it certainly piqued my curiosity to know what comes next. However, while I enjoyed Sophie immensely, the same qualities that make her so interesting also make her a bit grating after a while. So, while I’ve every intention of following Sophie it will be in small doses.

Reviewed for Miss Ivy’s Book Nook Take II, Manic Readers, & Novels Alive TV ( )
  ivydtruitt | Jul 1, 2015 |
This was a fascinating read and something you felt that the real Sophie Tucker might have written. When she did her own autobiography back in the 1940's, it was sanitized, so the authors, who accessed Tucker's papers and scrapbooks and talked with those who knew and worked with her, wrote this as the first installment of a trilogy on Tucker - this part dealing with the young Sophie. I think they did a good job and interwove real events with what they perceived Tucker would have thought or said. Even if the book was not about a famous individual as Sophie Tucker, it was an interesting look at an immigrant's family struggle to get to America, make a living in America, and a young girl's defiance of her family to make a living in show business. The book also had numerous photographs of Sophie Tucker. It was a good read and very difficult to put down. ( )
  knahs | Mar 15, 2015 |
This book is categorized as a fictional biography. I'm assuming the major reason for that is since it's told by Sophie Tucker, who has been dead many years now. It's a great biography of the life & times of Sophie & her family with many old photographs of her playbills, family portraits & places from her era The story doesn't include up to her death but she had many, many years in show biz

PART 1--this part Sophie tells about growing up in the Abruza household with her parents & an older brother & younger sister. She tells about the family restaurant business which was run by her mother. She made the best goulash in CT!! Her early years were spent helping out in the restaurant along with her siblings & starts to tell about her early start in vaudeville. She was the first woman to be in the friar's club & although she wasn't a headliner at the time, she was becoming more & more popular. When first starting,she had to wear black make up & 1 of her goals was to some day be able to perform as herself without the black make up. While she was getting singing jobs, she also married for the first time to Louis Tuck. It is from his name & a misunderstanding while talking, that Sophie became famous for the name everyone knows her by : Sophie Tucker. At some point she realizes her husband is a deadbeat so she kicks him out but not before she gets pregnant & has her son, Albert. She becomes more & more known & busy with her career so she gives her son to her younger sister, Annie, who then raises Albert. Sophie sends money home to help her family & also for Albert

PART 2-- Sophie tells how her family arrives from Russia to USA via a long, long way. She was an infant at the time & it was her, her older brother & parents who traveled with a cart & their things all through Europe. She talks about the places & countries they went through & people they met along the way while trying to get on a boat to USA. This is when she tells how they got their new last name of Abruza. The day finally arrives but due to lack of communication only her father got on the boat to America. Sophie's mother works to get enough money so the rest of them can come over when she's put in jail!! This family goes through many hardships & many are from lack of communications & misunderstandings but the day arrives when the rest of the family gets to go on the boat & meet up with her father in America. They first settle in Boston & stay with a cousin & his family but eventually move to Hartford, CT where they open their restaurant

PART 3--now Sophie is telling more about her career, she's now a headliner, along with another woman friend of hers named Molly She's now considered a success in the show biz world & making good money considering the era She has become well known as the "fat woman" that sings loud. She's been married several times by now & a shocking revelation pops up at the end of the book. To tell it in my review, would definitely be a huge spoiler, so I won't mention what it pertains to. This is the ending of the book

I enjoyed reading it the way the authors chose to write it, as told by Sophie, because they were able to show us her comical personality & get a feel for this heavy set woman singer with a personality just as big as her. It made it more enjoyable & not as if you're reading a class text book that might be boring & in which you're expected to write an essay about for your teacher. I felt as if Sophie was still very much alive & I could hear her telling me these stories as I read

The authors did a wonderful job & were quite knowledgeable about the life & times of Sophie Tucker. The photographs provided, only added even more to their story

I'd highly recommend this book if you like reading biographies, are interested in the early 1900's & early years of show biz, vaudeville & singing

I got a copy of this book from Net Galley in return for an honest opinion. I'd like to thank the publisher & both the authors for allowing me the privilege of reading this book ( )
  Rumeur8 | Jan 30, 2015 |
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