Little Miss Dynamite:
The Life and Times of Brenda Lee

by Brenda Lee with Robert K. Oermann and Julie Clay

Hyperion, 2002. ISBN 0786885580.
Reviewed by Peggy Talley
Posted on 06/12/2003

Nonfiction: Memoir

When Brenda Lee was 11 years old and bouncing all over the TV screen, she didn't look like a little girl whose daddy had died two years before, a girl who was the family's only source of income and who had lived in a house with indoor plumbing for only a little more than a year.

Lee's book offers only brief glimpses into her home life. Her mother, husband and daughters are dearly loved but offer background accompaniment to her life onstage, where she is truly alive and happy. Only four-feet-nine-inches tall, she wears a child's size two shoe but has an 800-square-foot closet filled with stage apparel.

This work is less a story of her climb out of the red clay of her Georgia origin than a documentary of her progress through the world of recording. She has met, recorded with, and has the autograph of every known recording star in every genre of country western, jazz, pop, rock or any other kind of music one can name. Brenda Lee has "been there and done that" and is loved by all.

A discography in the back of the book lists all her songs and albums along with the countries in which they were recorded from 1956 through 2001, and she is still going strong. This incredible little dynamo has been recording for 45 years all over the world and has no intention of stopping as long as her fans are applauding.

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