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The world according to Fannie Davis : my mother's life in the Detroit numbers

Author: Bridgett M Davis
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First ebook editionView all editions and formats
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A singular memoir highlighting "the outstanding humanity of black America" that tells the story of one unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and the life they lead in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s (James McBride) In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found Motown Records, a pretty young mother from Nashville, Tennessee borrowed $100 from her  Read more...
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Biography
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DAVIS, BRIDGETT M.
WORLD ACCORDING TO FANNIE DAVIS.
[Place of publication not identified], LITTLE, BROWN, 2019
(OCoLC)1035462791
Named Person: Fannie Davis; Bridgett M Davis
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bridgett M Davis
ISBN: 9780316419031 0316419036
OCLC Number: 1081423168
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Author's note --
Prologue --
Hitsville, USA --
Hey, you never know --
Living takes guts.
Responsibility: Bridgett M. Davis.

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A singular memoir highlighting "the outstanding humanity of black America" that tells the story of one unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and the life they lead in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s (James McBride) In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found Motown Records, a pretty young mother from Nashville, Tennessee borrowed $100 from her brother to run a Numbers racket out of her tattered apartment on Delaware Street, in one of Detroit's worst sections. That woman was Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis' mother. Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, granddaughter of slaves, Fannie became more than a numbers runner: she was a kind of Ulysses, guiding both her husbands, five children and a grandson through the decimation of a once-proud city using her wit, style, guts, and even gun. She ran her numbers business for 34 years, doing what it took to survive in a legitimate business that just happened to be illegal. She created a loving, joyful home, sent her children to the best schools, bought them the best clothes, mothered them to the highest standard, and when the tragedy of urban life struck, soldiered on with her stated belief: "Dying is easy. Living takes guts." A daughter's moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is also the suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to "make a way out of no way" to provide a prosperous life for her family-and how those sacrifices resonate over time. This original, timely, and deeply relatable portrait of one American family is essential reading.

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