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As seen on the Today Show: This true story of an unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and their life in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s highlights "the outstanding humanity of black America" (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 home. That woman was Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis's mother. Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, and granddaughter of slaves, Fannie ran her numbers business for thirty-four 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" and provide a prosperous life for her family -- and how those sacrifices resonate over time.… (més)
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Títol:The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers
Autors:Bridgett M. Davis (Autor)
Informació:Back Bay Books (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 336 pages
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From the late 1950s onward, Davis' mother Fannie built a business in the Numbers--the illegal lottery game.

It's a fascinating story of entrepreneurship and the role of the Numbers in the community. By the time I was growing up, well after New York had established a lottery, numbers were known to me only as something that appeared in news stories about the Mafia. I was unaware of its history in the black community, and Davis does an excellent job of explaining it, especially within Detroit. The Numbers kept the Davis family afloat, but stability was never assured, and class barriers within the black community still existed. Meanwhile, around them, Detroit was beginning its slow decline. Fannie was able to keep her family materially comfortable, but was unable to buy everything for her children. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
This combination memoir of a woman growing up in 1960s Detroit, and biography of her mother, who supported the family by running a numbers operation out of the family home, suffers badly from its dual focus.

Fannie's story alone would have been utterly compelling -- how a young wife and mother transplanted from Nashville in the 1950s found a way to survive and thrive has drama and daring and verve.

Her daughter's story -- that of growing up spoiled and indulged in an African-American household at a time when many of her peers dealt with very different issues -- is also an unusual tale, and has its own charm.

But trying to mix the two thins the focus of each.

At bottom, the most compelling component of the book is its revelations about the shadow economy of the African-American community, much of it financed by the illicit "numbers" game which ultimately morphed into legal, state-sponsored lotteries. It's a valuable portrait of a particular time and place in American history, and as such, well worth reading.

As the story of a young woman growing up and coming to terms with her relationship with her mother, it is less singular and therefore less compelling. ( )
1 vota LyndaInOregon | Mar 8, 2020 |
A daughter's loving biography of her mother, a mother who happened to be a numbers runner in 1960s and 1970s in Detroit. Her business afforded them a middle class lifestyle but was always in danger of being revealed since it was illegal. There are nuggets of empowerment: Fannie kept her own bank and collected her own numbers at a time when the "biz" was dominated by Italian mafia and/or black men. She was generous (sometimes to a fault) and a good mother. It is a great look at Detroit before and after the riots and the rise of black political power, Still, Fannie was a flawed person (her ex-husband and son spent a winter without heat while she was "rich"). And this white, middleclass reader wanted Fannie to create a college fund, not buy her daughter a new hotrod. Of definite history to Detroiters and those interested in the numbers business (still a real deal as an alternative to the daily lottery). ( )
  mjspear | Mar 18, 2019 |
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As seen on the Today Show: This true story of an unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and their life in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s highlights "the outstanding humanity of black America" (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 home. That woman was Fannie Davis, Bridgett M. Davis's mother. Part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, and granddaughter of slaves, Fannie ran her numbers business for thirty-four 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" and provide a prosperous life for her family -- and how those sacrifices resonate over time.

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